Likelihood to Recommend
CONTENTdm is well-suited for smaller organizations as a simple solution to present a digital collection on the web. If your need is complex and requires digital preservation as part of the workflow, it may not be the best solution.
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WoodWing Assets work exceptionally well in companies where they have a large number of digital files, that they need to manage and search. Media, advertising and marketing companies benefit significantly when using Assets to manage their digital images, video and content as the most approved as well as latest versions are automatically kept of every digital file. Companies that have a small number of digital files, with probably less than 10 staff, probably don't need a system to manage their actual digital files, provided they are in a structured folder base, that everyone can access.
Read full review Pros Constant URLs User interface is good Run by OCLC, not likely to disappear Read full review Faster Load Times Improves your SEO efforts by decreasing browser load times Saves your server resources by caching assets Read full review Cons As a digital asset management system, one would expect the capability of managing preservation, which CONTENTdm lacks. Lack of batch updating and other advanced metadata management capabilities. The usage statistics does not work, and the company is not planning to fix it, at least based the interaction with tech support staff. Customers were referred to use Google Analytics. Read full review Can be a bit expensive when compared to other CDN alternatives such as AWS or Cloudinary Learning curve involved for the user interface/dashboards Lacks more advanced manipulation of assets that can be served dynamically Read full review Usability
It is incredibly easy. For an idea on the onboarding or training of a basic user, this is the only system we know of that training takes literally 1 hour, and the basic user is fully up to speed. Very intuitive user experience. Easy ability to share files (simply right click). Easy ability to search for all digital files, and even content within the digital files, if you cant remember what the file name was - just this feature alone saved us hours everyday
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WoodWing support has been good, they do feedback quickly when reporting an issue and do keep you up to date with where they are in the process of resolving the support issue. The support team is knowledgeable and take the time to fully understand the issue. I do feel they should have an online support ability to assist with basic user issues, as opposed to having to log a ticket every time, but that would be the only reason I have not given them a 10.
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We selected CONTENTdm because it had a good reputation, was used by many institutions, provided a good product, and supplied feedback and monthly reports. We are wondering about DPLA and if that will be the next evolution or platform.
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Overall Elvis DAM is a great product although when you compare the solution to other providers of similiar asset CDNs such as Amazon's AWS,
it can get quite expensive. This is especially true if you have a team that is at the larger enterprise level in which case you are charged by the user.
Read full review Return on Investment It helped us to get started with our digital collections projects at a relatively low cost. As our needs grew, it became apparent that we needed something more powerful, and that provides better workflows and better statistics and is able to handle the whole life cycle of digitation projects. Read full review Easy to implement and execute Reduced our bandwidth and overall web operating costs Improved customer satisfaction with faster speed load times Read full review ScreenShots WoodWing Assets Screenshots