DAM Guru Program Blog

The DAM Guru Program blog contains educational articles and links, program information, and calls for Gurus.

Guru Call: USA

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Guru Calls | 0 comments

Looking for a Guru in New York City area. Member seeking some advice on digital asset management in the entertainment industry. Member has some solid general experience in the field of asset management, but would like to speak to someone in the field who might be able to offer some advice on where to start and what their goals should be my first few days/weeks/months on the job. Signup: http://damguru.com/signup...

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Guru Talk: Spencer Harris – Men’s Wearhouse

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in DGP Member Interviews | Comments Off

According to Spencer, the ability to view a digital asset management system at both the macro and micro levels are key to a company’s long-term success with any DAM implementation. What companies/organizations have you worked for as a DAM professional? What was your role at each? I have been involved in the art of digital asset management since 2007 with my own photography company, which today focuses on high-end, luxury wedding clients. I also currently work as the Photo System Administrator for Men’s Wearhouse, which I have been...

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Guru Talk: Dustin Guest – Golf Channel

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in DGP Member Interviews | Comments Off

What once took days, now takes hours because of the digital asset management implementation Dustin has incorporated at the Golf Channel. What companies/organizations have you worked for as a DAM professional? What was your role at each? Asset management has been a primary component of my role here at Golf Channel for about 8 years now. I worked as an offsite coordinator for the Library, and that experience combined with my knowledge of Avid editing systems got me my first Asset Management job within the company as the Media Content...

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Guru Talk: Scott Smith – Invisible Fist (contract)

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in DGP Member Interviews | Comments Off

When a summer is at stake, Scott knows how to troubleshoot a real problem in DAM – fast. What companies/organizations have you worked for as a DAM professional? What was your role at each? In the early 1990’s I was a production manager  with a real estate publisher. There were some attempts to manage digital assets with some internally developed solutions, though there weren’t very effective, due to resource constraints. I later worked for large ad agencies in Chicago, first as a creative tech services specialist and later as an art...

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DAM Guru Members React to What’s Holding DAM Back

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Featured News | 0 comments

In a 3-part series entitled, “What’s Holding DAM Back,” DAM News contributors discuss why they think the Digital Asset Management industry has fallen into an innovation standstill in the past few years. We took the question to DAM Guru Program members, whose responses are below.   Doug Mullin: “I think the challenges of moving from a departmental application to being an Enterprise application is holding us up, because we haven’t quite figured out how to make that leap from an organizational point of view. Who does own DAM?...

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Guru Talk: Ayda Pourasad – NPR

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in DGP Member Interviews | Comments Off

Ayda has worked with video and audio assets, and understands the process is always evolving. What companies/organizations have you worked for as a DAM professional? What was your role at each? I have worked at both CNN and NPR. I have assigned metadata to raw video and audio stories. I also have made decisions on what video asset to include in the archive and what to let go. I have taken care QC of audio assets. I made sure that the audio stories and their transcripts matched, and the audio was playing correctly. I am responsible to make sure...

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Guru Call: USA

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Guru Calls | 1 comment

Looking for a Guru in Washington D.C. area. Member is currently considering employing semantic web technology as part of the new digital asset management roll out. They are looking for resources about the bridge between the two technologies. For example, use cases, other DAM professionals with experience in their own organizations, or even books and papers that address explicitly the connection between DAM and semantic web. Member is mainly looking for more information to assist with ROI and implementation. Signup: http://damguru.com/signup...

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Guru Talk: Lara Hiller – DAM Professional

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in DGP Member Interviews | Comments Off

If you build it right, it can last forever. The first DAM system Lara and her team built in 1999 is still in operation and now supports over a billion assets worldwide. What companies/organizations have you worked for as a DAM professional? What was your role at each? My first role as a digital archivist was at Amscan, Inc., where I organized their catalog images over a decade ago. My background is a BA in Art History. I’m currently working on a Master’s degree in Education. I was an Executive Assistant at Chanel, Inc., where I managed fine...

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Guru Call: Brazil

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Guru Calls | 0 comments

Looking for a Guru in São Paulo, Brazil. Member is seeking thoughts and insights regarding SharePoint as a digital asset management solution. Looking for guidance on plugins, limitations and what would be needed to make this a viable solution. Signup: http://damguru.com/signup...

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Guru Talk: Jade Jourdan – Edwards Lifesciences

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in DGP Member Interviews | Comments Off

Jade understands that one of the biggest challenges with DAM is getting up to speed on a new system, so the rest of the pieces can fall into place on a successful implementation. What companies/organizations have you worked for as a DAM professional? What was your role at each? I currently work at Edwards Lifesciences as a Senior Digital Asset Specialist. I manage the DAM system containing source files for marketing projects, as well as product images, corporate images, video and company logos. Before working at Edwards Lifescieces at I did...

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