Integrating a DAM and a MIS/W2P workflow
We're about to make the leap to an automated MIS/W2P workflow. (Avanti, Xerox, Hiflex etc. )
With the first phase of a DAM (North Plains - Telescope) in place for photography, design, prepress & print files already in place, I'm wondering if any organizations have successfully merged/automated the two.
Should that specific requirement be a part of a RFQ/RFP?
I'm thinking that reordering existing products like forms, brochures and booklets should occur with just a few clicks of the mouse. Is the general trend towards a integrated single system for a MIS/W2P workflow and a DAM?
Do you use one system for DAM and another for workflow? What are the biggest issues?
Thanks in advance and I appreciate your keystrokes.
Hi there ...
In my opinion:
- Your MIS should be managing your production data (stock, planning, pricing, ...)
- Your DAM should be managing your media files to optimize and automate your production as far as possible.
The MIS and DAM should be connected, investing in platforms with extensive API's will make this possible.
With these 2 platforms in place, your customer facing applications (Download Centers, Upload Centers, Web2Print Interfaces, Ordering Tools, ...) should be portals on top of this combination.
You might want to talk to Hybrid Software (Welcome to Hybrid Integration). They are specialized in productized integrations between MIS, DAM, W2P, ... and others.
I agree with the last statement as Hybrid would be the people to work with. They have experience with the Adam system and that is the ticket when it comes to DAM and W2P. The connection to the MIS system can also be done by them-I've worked with them in the past and they are top notch.
Thanks guys for the keystrokes, I'll pass the info on to the powers that be.
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