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Your business has a lot of digital files to manage — images, multimedia and textual content files.

And the volume and variety of those assets just keeps growing. That’s why digital asset management (DAM) has such a critical place in the ecosystems of digital businesses.

A good DAM system will make content easy to find, easy to access and, most importantly, easy to use.

A Sample of Popular Posts

We explored this topic from multiple angles this year, looking at how to integrate your digital assets, where the industry is going, and how properly using your data can give you an edge.

1) At some point you have to stop collecting all the data and start organizing it. That’s the heart of Ralph Windsor's post on The Stages Of Digital Asset Management Consciousness. Tweet to Ralph Windsor.

The signs are unmistakable: denial, frustration, bargaining, acceptance. We aren’t talking about the latest self-help book or Kübler-Ross. These are some of the many phases organizations go through in their steps towards Digital Asset Management consciousness.

2) Many Digital Asset Management Positions are there for the taking. But Elizabeth Keathley tried to figure out why DAM Positions Are Going Unfulfilled. Tweet to Elizabeth Keathley.

It’s not that those working directly with DAM systems aren’t desperate to hire. A host of posts on many forums acknowledges that a DAM system without dedicated, full-time staffing will most likely fail. Why spend millions to buy, launch and populate a DAM system without the staff to make sure it works?

3) What will the future of Digital Asset Management look like? Jeff Lawrence tackled this with DAM's Roadmap for 2015 and Beyond: Interoperability, Analytics. Tweet to Jeff Lawrence.

Many DAM vendors describe DAM as a central component to any organization. Most are looking to provide better interoperability by improving APIs and providing connectors to other systems.

4) The move to the cloud has also been something to impact Digital Asset Management. That’s what Peter Krogh looked at more deeply with DAM Movement: From Big Iron to Big Cloud. Tweet to Peter Krogh.

On a deeper level, the trend toward cloud solutions is inherent in the nature of a connected media ecosystem. Increasingly, the value in our media comes from the connectivity, and DAM has to be cloud-native in order to work effectively as a connected system.

5) A company’s digital assets need to interoperate with other data and be quickly accessible from cloud services. Those among other needs are what Jeff Lawrence tackled with Is the DAM Industry Heading in the Right Direction? Tweet to Jeff Lawrence.

One of their big challenges is the need for Enterprise Application Integration (EAI). How do you actually get these systems to work together? I need a place where I can apply rules to govern the asset usage. Digital Rights Management Tools are not tightly integrated into the DAM solutions.”

6) Any solid DAM strategy must view the information as part of an integrated solution. That’s why John Horodyski argued, When You Think DAM, Think Integration. Tweet to John Horodyski.

There is no victory in a content strategy founded in isolation. Digital Asset Management (DAM) initiatives cannot be established as an island, or an enterprise silo waiting to be filled. Instead integrate them socially into various areas of the enterprise or linked technologically to other systems.

7) Don’t ignore all that metadata your company has created. As John Horodyski argues, Metadata Maturity Helps You Maintain Business Relevance. Tweet to John Horodyski.

Any organization looking to manage and exploit its knowledge more effectively can't afford to ignore metadata creation. Metadata's application, however, can't stop at creation. Organizations must continually update, manage and exploit it in order to provide optimal content and knowledge management opportunities.

8) When you need to manage digital assets, you should try to find some type of system that you like. That’s what Tom Murphy explored with Finding a DAM System You Can Love. Tweet to Tom Murphy.

Lisa McIntyre said her company used to manage its digital assets with a clipboard and paper. "I kid you not," she recalled, noting how people would write down the file they were borrowing and sign their name. "Who knows if anyone was even looking at that? Who knows if the files ever came back?"

9) Yes, sometimes you need to stop wavering. According to John Horodyski, it might be time for Making a DAM Decision.  Tweet to John Horodyski.

The decision to implement a Digital Asset Management system is a vital step to gaining operational and intellectual control of digital assets. Any successful DAM implementation requires more than just new technology; it requires a foundation for digital strategy. The right DAM solution ensures that assets can generate revenue, increase efficiencies and meet new and emerging market opportunities.

10) It’s sometimes the first question you need to ask: what should go into your DAM strategy? David Diamond explored this with What to Put into Your DAM. Tweet to David Diamond.

The correct answer is that it depends on the policies you’ve developed to govern your DAM. Just like it depends on your goals. And it depends also on the types of assets you want in your DAM. In fact, it depends on all sorts of things that won’t get you any closer to making a decision about what to do with a file that’s beneath your mouse pointer at any given moment.

11) Implementing a DAM strategy can be complex and require some buy-in from your team. Ralph Windsor outlines some of the ways to make this happen with The Next Steps of DAM Consciousness. Tweet to Ralph Windsor.

While the complexity of implementing DAM systems gets underestimated, the scope of that problem can be more easily defined than user adoption and usually involves intense bursts of activity that come and go.

12) Once you’ve realized it’s time for a DAM strategy, it’s time to hit the market. Jeff Lawrence described the process of Spring Shopping for a DAM System. Tweet to Jeff Lawrence.

Take a collaborative approach when tackling a large project such as a new DAM system. Work closely with stakeholders from a wide range of teams across the organization to identify the goals and problems the DAM system should solve. Finding the right vendor is a challenging task. Don't take it lightly. With hundreds of vendors filling the market, just starting this process can be daunting.

13) It’s time to get your content out of silos and into an integrated cloud. David Hillis describes what this should look like with Digital Assets: First-Class Citizens of Web Content Management. Tweet to David Hillis.

A personalized customer experience requires a deep understanding of your customer and the ability to quickly bring together the right content to meet their needs. The right content is a combination of text and rich assets. While many brands think about eliminating silos across content repositories to get the best content, they still often manage their digital assets in a silo. It’s time to rethink how you manage digital assets in your web content management platform (WCM) to improve your ability to respond quickly and deliver rich, consistent customer experiences.

14) Some argue that innovation in the DAM field is on the decline. Ralph Windsor looked at that angle and those who are more optimistic in his article, DAM Innovation: Fork in the Road. Tweet to Ralph Windsor.

Over the last year, an ongoing debate has taken place in the DAM industry about innovation. The consensus is that innovation is in retreat and DAM software is becoming increasingly homogeneous. In our coverage at DAM News, we see a vendor's new product release as an accurate signal of intent — the time and money involved in modifying applications ensures a certain level of commitment on the part of the vendor.

15) Getting your digital house in order can tie in directly to your customer experience — as John Zimmerer found with Overcoming Those DAM Customer Experience Obstacles. Tweet to John Zimmerer.

There’s much ado these days about “personalization” and “contextualization,” and being able to present different content to different visitors based on personas or other criteria, such as the visitor’s current location or Web browsing history. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to present the same content formatted the same way to the same visitor across multiple Web properties?