Summer Intern? Why, yes I’d like one!

On my “Things to get for Sum­mer list” I’ve got…

  1. Flip-flops
  2. Sun­block
  3. Swim­suit
  4. A DAM intern

Here’s a handy “how-to” type arti­cle from the Har­vard Busi­ness Review on get­ting ready for your shiny new sum­mer intern.

…beware of the well-meaning twenty-year-old who lands in your lap with­out any direc­tion or guidance.


To Delete $Sources Categories or Not Delete $Sources Categories

To Delete $Sources Categories or Not To Delete $Sources Categories?, that is the question. Specifically, should the ability to restrict or implicitly allow an action be hard-coded into the DAM client? Or should that fall to the realm of the permission framework in the DAM system? Recently, I think Canto overstepped a bit by trying to answer that for everybody. Back when Cumulus 8.5.1 came out there was a "bug" in the Desktop Client that prevented all users except for the Cumulus SuperUser to delete or rearrange/reorder $Sources Categories.

A $Sources Category, FYI, is more involved than simply being under the $Sources Category Tree. There are three distinct types of Source categories. Directory Category Mac, Directory Category Windows and URL Directory Category. Continue reading

DAMageTIP: Remote Deploy Cumulus Desktop Client on Mac OS X

I mostly deal with Mac OS X at my "day job", so I'm a bit platform biased. But I can tell you, as a Cumulus Systems Administrator one of the single most frustrating things to do is a large-scale Desktop Client installation or upgrade. Why is that, you may ask? Well to be perfectly blunt, the InstallAnywhere installer is a piece of garbage; yet another product of misguided cross-platform mediocrity. (OK, that may have been a bit harsh. But, this is my blog and my rules. So there.) Fear not, there is a solution.

Here's why I'm so down on the installer Canto chose. The OS X version is incapable of being deployed to multiple computers remotely. Since I work at a Macintosh centric publishing house, that's pretty much a deal breaker for me. Until I decided to take matters into my own hands. The following details my adventures in creating an Apple Installer Package to be used with Apple Remote Desktop for remote deployment of Cumulus Desktop Client.

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Bug or Feature? you decide…

Somewhere between Cumulus 8.5.2 and 8.6.1, Canto made a change to the way User Live Filtering works in the Native (Desktop) Client. At my "day-job" as a DAM admin, I put in an inquiry with Canto to see if this new behavior was really the intended one or if it was a bug. They had asked if it was possible for me to screen cast the differences between the features functionality in the two client versions.  Continue reading

DAM user Meetup… in Boston?

Call­ing all DAM users, admins, etc… Is there any inter­est in orga­niz­ing a Meetup group? There are active groups in NYC, Chicago, and LA. I fig­ure we have enough DAM users here in Bean Town to get a group together. 

Com­ment below or send me a mes­sage. I think it could be fun both a net­work­ing and social perspective! 

Trouble for HP’s Autonomy Acquisition?

I’ve been see­ing a stream of tweets pass my twit­ter feed today call­ing ques­tion to HP’s pur­chase of Auton­omy. At the time of the acqui­si­tion, there was all sorts of buzz that one of HP’s rea­sons for buy­ing into the ECM/DAM space was to mold itself after Big Blue and shed some of it’s consumer-centric divi­sions. Is this (another) nail in the cof­fin for HPCon­tinue read­ing

I bet you didn’t know you use DAM

When­ever I start a new-user train­ing I ask the user, “Have you ever used a DAM before?” The usual answer is, “No”. Then I fol­low up with, “Do you know what ‘DAM’ is?” again the answer is usu­ally, “No”. This is all to be expected.  Con­tinue read­ing

Information Lifecycle Management and DAM: I clearly need to learn more.

From good old WikiPedia: Infor­ma­tion Life­cy­cle Management

I’m rather ashamed to admit I don’t know nearly enough about ILM. More­over how to inte­grate an ILM solu­tion into an exist­ing DAM like Cumu­lus. The frus­trat­ing thing is I just don’t seem to know of many (or any) ILM inte­gra­tions for my DAM. The one thing that comes close is the Pres­STORE Inte­gra­tion devel­oped by Canto Part­ner, Moksa.

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