There's a wide variety of digital asset management software choices out there. Among the differentiators are price, add-on features, customer service and user interface. But perhaps the most substantive way of characterizing solutions is to identify SaaS, open-source and installed (or on-premises) software.
One common mistake is to assume that each of those characteristics is mutually exclusive. In fact, there is often much overlap. Understanding not only what each of the three terms means, but also what the implications of those types of programs would be to your organization's workflows, is pivotal to your making an informed, effective decision on DAM software.
Widen has teamed up with Mark Davey of the DAM Foundation to produce a white paper titled "Digital Asset Management: Installed vs. Software as a Service (SaaS) vs. Open Source. Finding the best delivery model for your business."
Our hope, as always, is that this white paper will help to inform the marketplace in a way that leads to more informed software purchasing decisions and more streamlined workflows. We also think that this white paper will help people understand that choosing a solution is not about identifying the "best" offering; there is no such thing. Rather, it's about finding the best fit offering: the one that is built in the way that most closely complements your organization and its needs.
Take a look at our white paper and let us know what you think. Also, let us know what your thoughts are on the issue of SaaS, on-premises and open-source DAM. Have you made a decision on which is right for your organization? Would you see a system that combines any of those delivery models in some way?