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Why DAM is a growth industry

This statistic from this press release by a market research group caught my attention last week: investment in digital asset management (DAM) is expected to grow from $1.16 billion in 2014 to $4.12 billion by 2019. That’s a growth rate of more than 28% per year. As the Director of DAM for a consulting company, I work with clients across multiple sectors and have definitely seen an upsurge in projects to manage and derive value from digital assets. Enterprises are investing in DAM because videos, images, and other digital assets are now integral to the way they do business. Marketing departments in any industry communicate their brand through photos, art and video. Everyone from manufacturers to the military creates training videos for internal and external users. Even law enforcement has become a major producer of digital assets, with Taser manufacturing body-cams for police officers across the country. And how do police departments keep track of all that video? Taser also offers a … [Read More...]

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DAM and Flexible Data Models Using Document Databases

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