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2014 Henry Stewart NY DAM Conference on May 1-2

The largest Digital Asset Management Conference is the Henry Stewart DAM Conference  in New York City. In 2014, this DAM Conference will be held on May 1 and May 2.

Your choices of large DAM Conferences are now limited since Createasphere DAM Conferences no longer exist as of December 2013. There are however some vendor specific DAM conferences throughout the year.

Henry Stewart DAM NY is still the longest running and largest DAM Conference available in the DAM market today.

What is going on at DAM NY 2014?

On April 30, there are some pre-event tutorials available including:

  • Fundamentals of DAM
  • Fundamentals of Metadata
  • Leadership
  • Taxonomy and Advanced Metadata for DAM
  • Rights Management

During the evening of April 30, 2014, there will be a NYC DAM Meetup for social networking as the pre-conference Henry Stewart 2014 Kickoff. The NYC DAM Meetup is open to anyone who RSVPs with an interest in Digital Asset Management and remains free of charge. 

The DAM NY 2014 conference runs from May 1 through May 2 with a full agenda, up to three tracks and over 60+ speakers (including some new ones).

If you have not been to a DAM Conference before, be prepared to learn by fire hose.

Register for DAM NY 2014

Register for the 2014 Henry Stewart DAM Conference using discount code and save $100 off registration.

Are you going?

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NYC Digital Asset Managers Meetups now shared on YouTube

Due to a global popular demand, the New York City Digital Asset Managers Meetup group (NYC DAM Meetup) is beginning to record and post their Digital Asset Management (DAM) Meetups on YouTube.

Who wanted this online

DAM professionals, people aspiring to become DAM professionals, people just interested in Digital Asset Management and people just interested in what is going on have asked for the NYC DAM Meetups to be recorded and shared online for the past couple months.

They emailed, tweeted, left comments and messages pleading to sharing this content online.

So the three organizers of NYC DAM Meetups, Chad Beer, Michael Hollitscher and Henrik de Gyor (author of this blog) figured out how we could  share this knowledge online with the right quality.


We looked to see what we could do to make this happen. Why were these local events so popular and in demand?

Maybe it is due to the fact we had 33 Meetups since Chad Beer created the NYC DAM Meetup back in July 2009.

Maybe it is because we had 8 Meetups in the first 5 months of 2013.

Maybe it is the great content and discussion we have shared among our Meetup members in person, including panel discussions on topics people want/need to hear about, such as:

Maybe it is due to the fact that many people, even if they are in New York City, can not make it to the NYC DAM Meetup due to scheduling, geographic or limited space reasons. People still want to listen and learn from what is discussed at the NYC DAM Meetups. It only makes sense to video record our panel discussions in order to share this knowledge beyond scheduling constraints, across all time zones and through most geographic  borders.

This is is why we decided to share the NYC DAM Meetups. Openly. Globally. Video online.  Free of charge to all viewers.


As I visited other Meetups which I joined, some events were recorded while most were not. I visited a Meetup called MoDevDC (on Mobile Development in the Washington DC area. They record every Meetup because Mobile Application Development is kind of really popular right now and they too have a global audience. It happens that I know the person who is doing their video recording. So I did what anyone should do when they have an idea and see a potential solution in front of them. Ask lots of questions, explore what is possible and then plan a pilot project to see how realistic it is for all parties. We are very luckily, Anthony Allen was ready and willing to do this for the NYC DAM Meetup.

We are still working out the details on how to fund this initiative while we have people’s attention. Some are already interested in contributing to this.


Since YouTube is one of the most popular channels we decided to post these videos so there were no limitations. Sharing and embedding from YouTube is easy. This will be shared elsewhere. Now all you need to do is visit


We plan to record the NYC DAM Meetups going forward.

Now you can literally see what happens when you ask to share openly.

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Do you use a DAM Dashboard?

When we drive most vehicles, these have a dashboard with gauges telling us the important things we need to know about what is happening with the vehicle and how it is going. The dashboard may indicate speed, how much fuel is left plus warnings like temperature in case things are not going as well as they should be.

When executives want to know the status of what they are in charge of to help them make informed decisions based on the data, they could have a online dashboard with that information. This dashboard may tell them what they need to know about sales figures, units produced, project milestones reached, global growth by region or whatever information is relevant to them as it changes daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and/or annually.

Computers have dashboards as well and so do some mobile phones.

Some DAM systems have dashboards too. Sometimes these dashboards are part of the DAM system and sometimes they are extra add-ons which may measure data from other related ECM systems as well.

Why have a dashboard? Would you rather be uninformed? Do like shuffling reports or spreadsheets instead? Would you rather script your way through this data because there is some illusion that this is easier to do on a daily or weekly basis, then filter to the information needed each and every time?

Does a frequently updated (or live) presentation of the information you need to make informed decisions (based on the actual data, not gut feelings) sound more useful? Why would you not want this? Are you afraid of progress or the lack of it? Do you fear having this measured for you in useable numbers and digital charts so you can find out what is not working as well?

To paraphrase Peter Drucker, we can not manage what we do not measure and we can not measure what we do not define. If we do define what we need to measure, we can add this to dashboard, analyze the data in a clear, manageable way and make informed decisions as we watch the changes over time.

In May 2011, I gave a presentation about DAM Reporting, Measuring and Auditing at the Henry Stewart DAM Conference in New York City. I spoke about how to measure what is happening within the DAM and the power of DAM reporting. Some might think it is a really boring topic. So did I, but it was worth talking about since no one else was. It was so boring that the room for this presentation was standing room only. Not so boring I guess.

How to measure what is happening within the DAM comes down to filtering and using a dashboard. You could do that with reports with more processing and analysis. It is just more work.

Everyday, we are have more data, information and knowledge rain down on us. Managing this mountain of data is a matter of filtering to what is needed. If we are drowning in it, Clay Shirky put it best by explaining this is simply filter failure.

Being uninformed and ignorant of what is going on with your technology as well as your business is so 20th century. Filter. Analyze. Prioritize. Get a dashboard and use it to look at what the data and information says about what you define, measure and manage.