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A Digital Asset Management System From Design to Production

databasepublish.com – There are times in the evolution of an organization when the timing is right to transition f r o m old processes and procedures into new ones. These are opportunities that must be managed professionally and with meticulous attention to detail. Stakeholders f r o m many areas often get involved and can produce monumental results for the future direction of the organization.

Many organizations produce a variety of catalogs, direct mail and other collateral in order to support the selling and marketing of their products. In addition, many organizations are seeking to improve their online presence, necessitating a web content management system that works seamlessly with other sales and marketing campaigns.

As an organization evolves, for example, the decision to go f r o m a cumbersome film-based photography approach to a digital asset-based approach is no trivial matter. The advantages of a digital asset management system are vast, for improving the creative and production processes. However, a third-party content management system consulting business can greatly improve the associated transition process.

An appropriate digital asset management strategy is the first step in moving toward a more effective system. The design of digital asset management work flow models and use cases are essential tools for understanding archival procedures and determining future support requirements.

The evaluation of vendors by soliciting responses is vital to matching business requirements and vendor constraints. Additional opportunities for integration with merchandising, an inventory management system, and a new web content management system may be discovered along the way and taken into consideration for final product selection.

A qualified content management system consultant has a better chance of providing the most independent evaluation of vendors, especially if they can translate the technical specifications and functionality into layman’s terms. This enables stakeholders within the organization to make more informed decisions about the final selection. This reduces selection process time, ensures user adoption, and mitigates risk.

Oftentimes, customization is required for legacy system integration in order to capture campaigns that will be replaced by the new digital asset management system as well as for bulk asset upload. Additionally, many digital asset management solutions can be leveraged to act as a centralized hub and as a traffic controller for all assets to be managed and distributed in the organization’s digital work flow.

High integrity content management consultants are vital participants for organizations to accomplish digital asset management objectives. Proven experience is essential in order to reduce risk and efficiently facilitate a smooth transition to a digital asset management system or a web content management system.

Selecting the right vendor that best suits the organizational requirements and offers flexible integration into additional systems is vital. The assistance of a content management system consultant that is well versed in tailoring and implementing digital asset management systems reduces time especially when confronted with understanding and translating the technical attributes of each vendor.

As a result, the potential of a digital asset management system can be more fully realized through the assistance of a qualified consultant. Organizations that find the right consultant are better able to effectively deploy digital asset management solutions, in less time, with tighter integration, and with greater peace of mind.

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Datacraft Solutions, Inc. Hires New President, Brian Gullette

Datacraft Solutions, Inc., announced on Friday that is has hired Brian Gullette as President, reporting to Stephen Parker, CEO. As President, Gullette will be responsible for business and corporate development, including direct and channel sales, marketing, and strategic partnerships and alliances.

Gullette is an accomplished sales and marketing executive and technology entrepreneur, having founded and managed several online marketing and business intelligence software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies. He has built successful sales and marketing organizations targeting top executives in a range of vertical markets, from real estate development to durable goods manufacturers to advertising and marketing agencies.

“We are excited to have Brian join the team here at Datacraft Solutions,” remarked Stephen Parker, CEO. “The strong sales discipline and analytical depth he adds to our bench will serve us well as we continue our push to deliver the best ROI in the industry for automated inventory replenishment solutions.”

Gullette comes to Datacraft Solutions from Connexion Technologies, the country’s largest private fiber-optic infrastructure development company, where he was National Vice President of Business Development.

“I was very impressed by the quality of the Datacraft team and technology, and I’m glad to be joining a team so committed to focused execution and customer satisfaction,” Gullette said. “What impresses me most is the instant impact our customers are realizing on inventory costs and supplier performance. Datacraft Solutions can help even market leaders quickly improve their cash position and build sustainable competitive advantage. In this economy, that is very compelling.”

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Datacraft Solutions Taps Alphamindz To Be An Authorized Implementation Partner And Reseller Of Lean Manufacturing Digital Kanban System In South Asia

Datacraft Solutions, creator of the industry’s first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) digital Kanban system, announced today that Alphamindz, a global lean consulting firm headquartered in Goa, India has become an authorized implementation partner and reseller of its Lean Manufacturing Digital Kanban Solution.

Datacraft technology cost-effectively streamlines the supply chain replenishment process with a web-based SaaS solution. Datacraft Solutions provides immediate visibility to manufacturers’ supply chains, leveraging technology to better manage inventories, improve inventory turns, reduce lead times, enhance ERP transaction accuracy, and build effective partnerships with key customers and suppliers.

Datacraft selected Alphamindz, a global leader in Lean consulting, as its authorized implementation partner in the Indian and South Asian markets because of its extensive experience and proven results in helping companies leverage lean processes throughout the value chain. Datacraft CEO and Chairman, Stephen Parker stated, “We are pleased to have Alphamindz as a channel sales partner, as we expand our products and services to the Indian market. Our ability to rapidly turn idle assets into cash, combined with Alphamindz’ world-class expertise in development and execution of lean strategies, will give South Asian manufacturers the competitive edge they need to thrive in this economy.”

Alphamindz works with its clients to develop lean value chains where customer demand drives supply chain replenishment. They help clients to develop collaborative relationships with suppliers and customers that smooth the flow of products through the value chain helping to improve quality, reduce inventory and delight customers.

Alphamindz will lead its clients’ implementation of Datacraft Solutions’ digital Kanban system, seamlessly integrated with internal production planning and accounting systems, and delivered through a secure Internet gateway, eliminating the need to install and maintain a complex IT solution. Compared to typically complex, expensive, and time-intensive automation software implementations, Alphamindz will deploy the Datacraft system in weeks, with no need for extensive training regimens or on-going internal support. The digital Kanban system allows clients to access and utilize powerful lean benefits immediately for a low, predictable monthly fee. Services are scalable so manufacturers can design an appropriate digital Kanban solution to meet customer, internal and supplier needs.

Alphamindz will resell Datacraft products and provide resources for global implementation in India, China, and South Asia. This partnership is a significant development in the global supply chain industry, as Alphamindz and Datacraft are market leaders in the services they provide to the manufacturing industry.

Alphamindz, CEO, Manu Anand endorsed the partnership stating, “We at Alphamindz are very excited about our partnership with Datacraft Solutions. We are excited to bring best of breed innovation to help the manufacturing industry in the South Asian market lower costs and free up working capital. Alphamindz intends to aggressively promote and implement Datacraft technology in the Indian market and beyond.

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DPCI – 10 Years And Going Strong With Implementation Of Ideal Digital Asset Management

Database Publishing Consultants, Inc. is committed to helping companies find and implement the best suited content management solutions to meet their needs. Nowadays if a business is going to be successful it is vital that modern technology is not only used, but it should be embraced. This is necessary because competition is fierce and keeping up is simply not good enough. An Internet presence is key to continued success but not every website is equal. The truth is that unless a website is developed with knowledge and expertise it is unlikely that it will get ranked well with search engines. And that means the site could virtually get lost in cyberspace. A well designed website includes proper utilization of keywords for search engine optimization. It also includes such things as branding materials and company logos, audio and video clips, photos and images, and a number of other types of content that make a site more compelling. As a company grows it naturally accumulates an increasing library of digital assets which results in the need for a reliable digital a s s e t management system. That’s where DPCI comes in.

After 10 years of service, DPCI continues to assist corporations, businesses, and numerous organizations find new ways to achieve increased speed and functionality in managing and updating online content. To begin the process a thorough evaluation of any existing content management system in use will be done by the professionals at DPCI. This allows them to determine if building upon or extending the existing environment is an option. The goal is efficiency, functionality, speed, cost effectiveness, and security, all in one.

This goal may be a daunting task for the typical IT personnel but for the experts at DPCI it is all in a day’s work. These professionals have a wide range of experience and expertise with implementation of CMS platforms and they offer a full service implementation shop. This is another convenience feature that is not often found in such services. The team has extensive knowledge about how a web content management system should work in an assortment of business environments. Their product services include business analysis, project management, product integration, extended programming, and training and support. The DPCI experts have worked with a great variety of clients; from large corporations to museums and many other types of organizations. This versatility insures that DPCI can execute exactly the right digital a s s e t management system for each of its clients.

An organized system of digital asset management is necessary for speed and functionality. Digital a s s e t s must be archived in a fashion that is easy to search, annotate, access and update, based on numerous criteria. A quality digital a s s e t management system will also include permissions and security controls for protection. This means that only authorized individuals will be able to access the system, which affords increased safeguards in protecting the company’s digital a s s e t s.

DPCI can implement a modern and efficient digital a s s e t management system to suit the needs of any business or corporation type. DPCI uses a modern approach to organizing staff, improving processes, and implementing sensitive technology to support a highly functional content management systems. The end result is companies have content management solution that offers increased speed and performance in updating content.

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State Of The Art Approaches to Digital Asset Management

Every modern business has an online presence and that Internet connection requires having a website. If the site is not search engine optimized it will not receive traffic. First impressions do count in cyberspace – if the website is not interesting enough to catch and hold a visitor’s attention the result will be a loss of sales. One way to brand a company and to add interest to a site is through such things as logos, videos, audios, still and stock photos and images, and other forms of content. But in a short period of time this arsenal of content adds up and if it is not properly organized in an effective digital asset management system time can be wasted in searching for, accessing, and updating content.

DPCI works to assist companies with increased speed and functionality in updating online content. An online presence is an absolute requirement of every modern day industry, corporation, business, and organization. But simply having a website does not guarantee visitors to the site. In fact, there are several things that must be in place before visitors can even find a website easily. Perhaps the most important concern is that of search engine optimization. This is a method of utilizing appropriate keywords and phrases in the correct way to get noticed by the search engines. A good ranking with search engines helps to insure that people in need of a particular service or product will find the right site.

Another important part of having a positive online presence is having interesting content that keeps visitors coming back. This is sometimes done through the use of photos, videos, audios, logos and other branding materials. As a company grows and develops new products and services the more of this digital content there is to manage. Obviously the digital asset management is a vital component of any content management system.

Depending on IT personnel to handle this responsibility is how some companies tackle the job. However, this is not the most efficient use of this personnel’s time. While it takes them away from other tasks that they are better suited for the content management system they may decide to incorporate is likely to be less effective than other options available. Any digital asset management system implemented will place more responsibility on marketing professionals and content experts and less on It personnel.

DPCI was incorporated 10 years ago. In ten years time Database Publishing Consultants, Inc.’s expert consultants have expanded their already extensive knowledge about what makes the perfect content management solutions. Whether working with a museum or a large corporation, DPCI can easily implement a digital asset management that allows even non-technical personnel to become producers.

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Web Content Management System Provided By DPCI

DPCI is committed to assisting companies to find the best content management system available to meet their particular needs. If a company’s website doesn’t leave an impression that lasts then its memory soon disappears from the mind of the visitor, which means sales are lost. A comprehensive web content management system considers search engine optimization as well as other important strategies.

With 10 years of experience, DPCI has a wide range of expertise in implementation of CMS platforms. DPCI offers a full service implementation, from knowledge about how web content should work in various business environments to business analysis, project management, product integration, extended programming, training and support. DPCI works diligently to assist companies in having increased speed and functionality when it comes to updating online content.

DPCI recognizes the power of online communities and as such, that power can be leveraged via a customized content management platform with online community services distinguished by a company’s private label. These private label offerings can assist in making communication more assessable between customers, suppliers, or partners, both internally and externally. Resources, information, and an online community relevant to the particular needs of the targeted market group will enhance visitor’s experience.

Many companies rely on their IT personnel to develop, manage and deliver all web content used. This often takes the IT professional away from other tasks that require his/her expertise. Web content management systems provided by DPCI are based on the belief that access should be instant and it should be convenient to use with a template driven web browser interface. With the right content management system, even non-technical personnel can become producers.

DPCI delivers systems that are easy to use and which place less responsibility on IT personnel and more on marketing professionals and content experts. Through careful evaluation DPCI determines the right content management system for a particular company and its business type. The system will be flexible and scalable – that is, it will have the capacity to grow with the company.

Every company has unique needs. DPCI can implement a digital asset management system that is geared specifically to the requirements of a large corporation or smaller organization. The fact is that over a short period of time companies acquire numerous corporate logos and branding materials, still and stock photography, audio and video clips, and archival content of all kinds. This must be organized and handled via digital asset management.

Database Publishing Consultants, Inc. is now celebrating 10 years of business. In that time DPCI has gained a vast knowledge regarding what makes an ideal content management system. The team at DPCI is a collection of experts in various areas, each bringing wisdom to share with the group. This results in a solid foundation and intelligence that is used in the implementation of a company’s digital asset management system.

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Munich Re’s UK Life Branch (UKLB) Uses Tier 2’s ARENA Document Control Solution To Control And Automate Their Treaty Contract Production Process

ier 2 Consulting announced today that Munich Re’s UKLB, a branch of the world’s largest reinsurer, is using the ARENA Document Control solution to power their XENA Treaty Documentation System. XENA integrates ARENA with Exari’s InsuranceAccelerator™ to enable various departments to capture and input their requirements for the contract allowing the Treaty Documentation team to complete the first draft in a fraction of the time.

Post execution contract changes are also automated. The software makes valuable contract data available enabling reports that summarize exactly which parts of the main treaty have changed. If a claim arises, everyone is aware of what clauses are relevant and can evaluate their impact.

Sigi Kammerer, Head of Claims and Treaty Documentation at Munich Re UKLB said, “Not only is it much faster and safer to create these Treaty documents with XENA, there are other benefits as well. We have full version control and an audit trail, which is very important with such complex insurance documents. In the future, we plan to expand XENA to include Underwriting and Claims Authorities Documents as well as Non Disclosure Agreements. And we are pleased that other areas across the company have expressed their interest in using the system.”

“We are delighted that Munich Re has chosen ARENA as the controlling application for the production of treaty documentation. They are taking full advantage of the integration of ARENA with Exari’s document assembly engine, to provide enhanced document authorship, control, audit and reporting capabilities.”

About ARENA
ARENA is a unique, ‘out-of-the-box’ standards-based document control application that facilitates the creation, authoring, review, approval, publishing, distribution and management of any type of document.

ARENA delivers enterprise class in-built compliance so that even the smallest company can benefit from controlling their documents electronically and no longer need to rely on manually intensive methods to manage risk and maintain compliant procedures.

About Tier 2 Consulting
Tier 2 Consulting is a dedicated team of experienced, highly skilled developers creating bespoke web applications for some of the world’s most demanding businesses and academic institutions.

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Data Quality Center V. 5 Released by Ataccama

Ataccama Corporation, an international software company developing next generation technologies for managing data quality and Master Data Management, announces the immediate release of a new version of Ataccama Data Quality Center 5 (DQC). Ataccama DQC is a tool for complex management of data quality, used by banks, insurance companies and government agencies in the Czech Republic and other countries in Europe and North America.

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“Version 5 brings a large number of new features and improvements,” says Michal Klaus, CEO of Ataccama. “Among the most important are improved usability of the application, specifically for new users, improved features for data analysis and parallel unification.”

The new version brings a significantly improved user experience, making the tool more efficient. The updated version now includes interactive validation of code and configurations, testing of expressions, regular expressions and patterns. Beginner users will appreciate the number of commented samples together with video demonstration tutorials.

During initial data analysis (profiling), users can now leverage more advanced functions, such as frequency analysis of masks, histograms of group counts, the ability to drill down to details of data records and export of outputs to XML and HTML. The optimized core of DQC allows achieving processing speeds in the range of a million records per minute during profiling.

Parallel unification allows simultaneous processing of batch data together with concurrent online requests. To allow continuity of service, it is important to allow changing reference databases while the server is running. “This is a crucial requirement “, adds Klaus, “the tool is deployed as part of key processes in large enterprises and thus has to guarantee high availability and reliability “.

Ataccama Software, with its registered office in Prague, is a part of the international software company Ataccama Corporation, which develops top technologies specialized in data quality management and Master Data Management. Major financial institutions, telecommunication companies, power plants, and public administration authorities choose Ataccama technologies due to their customer-friendliness and real contribution to their businesses. Ataccama Software customers include GE Money Bank, Raiffeisenbank, The Všeobecná úverová banka bank, T-Mobile SK and the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic. More information at www.ataccama.com.

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New Lynx Systems Services Enhance Intuit MRI and Yardi Software

Lynx Systems Inc. introduces two new services for users of Intuit MRI, Yardi Systems and other property management software. The Four Day System Assessment gets the most from your property management software and the Ten Day Process Review ensures management has access to strategic information.

Four Day System Assessment: The Best From Your Software

This assessment focuses on your current asset and property management systems: the major transactional processes that the company relies upon every day. Our senior consultants perform an in-depth evaluation on how effectively your company and staff are using the existing accounting system. Our findings will provide you with various alternatives for improvement, including incremental and cost effective steps towards your optimal solution.

Learn more at www.lynxsystemsinc.com/FourDay.html

Ten Day Process Review: The Right Information, The Right Decisions

This review is a detailed analysis of your organization’s major business processes and operations outside of the “core” accounting systems. Typically, hundreds of processes within a real estate development company are not supported by the standard accounting systems and not easily accessible to senior management. A true Knowledge Management System, accessing the information from all of these processes, is key to making the right decisions to achieve your strategic goals, especially in these difficult times.

Learn More at www.lynxsystemsinc.com/Tenday.html

Lynx Systems in 2009
As we move into 2009, we look back with appreciation for the support of our many loyal clients and the opportunities that are being presented to us. Last year was a time of change and development for Lynx and we are excited and proud of our renewed focus on service and expansion of offerings.

Since 1997, Lynx Systems has been providing a full range of support services to the real estate industry including hotline support, customization, report development, technical support, training, data conversion, and implementation support. Our professionals are familiar with all major financial accounting systems including Intuit MRI, Yardi, J.D. Edwards, Newstar, Spectra and CTI Systems.

We are particularly proud of our new service offerings, described above, designed to help clients to improve efficiencies, and make the most cost-effective decisions in these difficult economic times.

For more information visit www.lynxsystemsinc.com

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Celerant Technology – 10 Years in Business!

Celerant Technology, a Staten Island based retail software provider, is beginning its 10th year in business. Since the company’s inception in 1999, Celerant Technology has continued to grow to become a leader in the retail software industry.

“For the past decade, Celerant has grown both as software provider and as a company,” said Celerant Technology President and CEO, Ian Goldman. “We have successfully expanded our client base exponentially, which has in turn enabled us to expand our talented staff of developers and programmers, quality assurance testers, trainers, implementation managers, and support technicians. We are proud that we have become such a well recognized company in the industry and will continue to provide advanced technology and expert service, while maintaining the same level of customer-centricity that we’ve had for the past 10 years.”

The Celerant product, Command Retail, manages all areas of a retail business, from the point of sale on the front end, to inventory management, warehouse, distribution, allocation and advanced reporting on the back end. Celerant works with a variety of vertical markets and industries that sell hard and soft goods such as sporting goods, apparel, footwear, specialty/gifts, convenience, hardware, furniture, and also offers specific functionality for the firearms industry. “The Celerant system is written in Java and performs in real time, allowing it to run at multiple locations simultaneously, and offers an e-commerce functionality that is completely integrated, enabling all channels to communicate with the same, real-time database.” Celerant was ranked as the #1 Mid Sized Retail Software vendor and the #4 Overall Top Retail Software by the 2008 RIS Leaderboard.

“When Ian and I established Celerant in 1999, we had no idea what lied ahead for us in the future, but we knew that we were onto something,” said John Heiser, Celerant Technology CFO. “In these tough financial times, it is difficult not knowing which way the retail market or the economy will go, but we know that we have built our company on a strong foundation that has allowed us to be very successful over the past 10 years. From our beginnings as a small company in Staten Island, we knew that we would make our mark on the software industry and are certain that we will continue to stay on top for many years to come.”

Since starting out as a small Staten Island software provider in 1999, Celerant has created a niche for itself in the retail software market, offering a complete application for retailers. In addition to its main office in Staten Island, Celerant now also has satellite office in Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Celerant has over 450 clients with locations across the United States, Canada, and in parts of Europe and the Middle East.

About Celerant Technology
Celerant Command Retail is an advanced real-time management system, which manages all areas of multichannel retail including POS, inventory, warehouse, distribution center, allocation, E-Commerce, mail order, kiosk, datamining, and back-office, in a single, integrated system. Our advantage is the flexibility of our Java platform, allowing Celerant professionals to conduct cost-effective analysis and adaptation based on the individual needs of each retailer. The result is a better system that meets the needs of retail businesses and gives them the tools to take Command of their success. For more information regarding Celerant Technology, go to www.celerant.com. For information on the Command Retail product, visit www.commandretail.com.

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SportzPak Acquired by Celerant

Celerant Technology, a leader in the retail software industry, recently completed the acquisition of SportzPak, a specialty management system. SportzPak provides services for team sports retailers, which will add to Celerant’s growing list of vertical markets.

“The acquisition of SportzPak furthers our efforts to apply our technology towards the individual needs of different vertical markets,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant President and CEO. “By working with SportzPak, we develop expertise in the team/retail business, and our software will grow to reflect this expertise. As a result of this transition, the Sportzpak clients will benefit from the latest technology, while maintaining the high level of industry specific functionality they need to further their business. Obviously we are all very excited about the progress this new venture brings to everyone concerned.”

The SportzPak product, developed by Miami Valley Solutions, Inc. (MVS), has over 20 years of specialized experience in the sporting goods/team industry and is used by over 210 team dealers. The software itself was designed to meet the needs of the retail and or team dealer by providing control over margins and inventory, aiding in order fulfillment and establishing improved customer service.

“This opportunity to merge cutting edge technology and industry expertise should yield a win-win combination for the Sporting Goods Dealer,” said Greg Helman, MVS SportzPak President and Developer. “The sporting goods dealer will now have the opportunity for a high tech team/retail service including integrated e-commerce.”

Celerant Technology provides a completely integrated, advanced retail solution that reaches across a variety of retail markets. The combined experience and ingenuity ofCelerant and SportzPak will provide a more sophisticated solution to all of their clients, while maintaining excellent customer service and technical superiority. The acquisition ofSportzpak will allow Celerant to continue to grow and the company looks forward to pursuing additional acquisition opportunities of this nature.

About Celerant Technology
Celerant’s Command Retail is an advanced real-time retail management system, which manages all areas of retail including POS, Inventory Management, Warehouse, Distribution Center, Allocation, Multi-Channel/E-Commerce/Kiosk, Data Mining, and Back-office, in a single, integrated system. Our advantage is the flexibility of our Java platform, allowing Celerant professionals to conduct cost-effective analysis and adaptation based on the individual needs of each retailer. The result is a better system that meets the needs of retail businesses and gives them the tools to take Command of their success. For additional information regarding Celerant Technology go to www.celerant.com. For more information about the Command Retail Product, please visit www.commandretail.com.

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