Asset Management--The Search Is On
Media Bridge: At its heart is media.sphere, with ancillary products ranging from profile.server to content.server. Media.sphere is a DAM system boasting "intelligent" indexing and search designed to handle all digital objects from images to video.
Rorke Data: FLEXSTOR.db is a robust digital content and asset management system that supports Oracle 8i, JServer and Oracle Application Server. FLEXSTOR.db builds on the scalability and dependability of a UNIX architecture.
WebWare Corp: Key benefits of the MAMBO (Media Asset Management By Objects) solution include full Web access, streamlined asset cataloging, multiple asset search and viewing options, on-the-fly asset transformation and asset valuation. MAMBO can be integrated with legacy mainframe systems, e-commerce systems and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions. It supports databases from Oracle, Sybase, Informix, SQL Server and DB2.
One Size Doesn't Fit All
At this stage in the DAM game, manufacturers are still attempting to craft "best-of-breed" solutions, asserting that each is "the only one" that can perform or support this feature or that customer need. Therefore, when deciding either to invest in a new DAM system or upgrade a current one, define and understand your digital asset needs, as well as the needs of your clients and partner service providers.
Digital asset management, if entered into properly, can save a company money and resources, or it can cost more than the assets are worth. Which way will it go for you?
Get the Facts First
When searching for a digital asset management system to fit the needs of your operation and the needs of your clients, keep the following questions in mind—and ask them of the technology developers.
Does the solution offer efficient and secure archiving of images?
Does the solution feature a clear, logical and user-friendly interface?
How does the system store files; are they easy to retrieve and repurpose? What file formats does the system support?