What do you like best?
CyanGate chose Elvis DAM for the following reasons for mid-tier DAM solutions for departments and small to mid-tier companies:
User Friendly UI enables rapid adoption.
Elasticsearch provides scalability and reliability for searches to take milliseconds.
Share Feature enables secure file sharing without stressing email servers.
Rules based permission settings enables easy administration and security.
REST and SOAP APIs enables easy integration with other systems.
Underlying Technology: Elvis DAM is Java based enables easy customization. Elvis DAM was the first DAM to use the Lucene search engine to enable rapid search results.
Scalability. Elvis DAM is the only DAM solution that can handle 1 billion assets.
Native integration with Adobe CS, CC and CS6 allowing drag and drop features and auto-versioning.
What do you dislike?
If a customer needs support for 3D / multidimensional files or advanced video transcoding for video, the customer will need to integrate with another third party tool with Elvis DAM. This can be solved by leveraging the APIs or customization.
Recommendations to others considering the product
Elvis DAM is an excellent solution for mid-tier and small companies and departments looking to organize, search, share, repurpose and distribute content. Given Elvis 5's server clustering, Elasticsearch and ability to handle a billion assets, Elvis DAM can be an Enterprise level solution.
Those who will benefit the most are the following:
Using Adobe CS, CC, CS6 and CC2014 on a daily basis
Using large amounts of photography and InDesign
Publishers using WoodWing Content Station or Enterprise
Indexing large amounts of material
Searching for text within documents
Regulating incoming materials via FTP sites
I encourage those considering Elvis DAM to run both individual tests for thirty days and a server trial to test on their own systems. Before engaging a server trial make sure you have the time commitment from all of those involved in the project, the equipment and test cases in a live environment.
To test hosting or a cloud solution, please contact CyanGate.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Typically, customers are looking to solve the following and received the following results:
Indexing all assets - Elvis DAM serves as the central place to search for all uploaded content.
Manage Versioning - Elvis DAM uses auto-versioning to monitor changes.
Regulating asset usage for copyright, legal, proprietary or marketing use - The rules and permissions settings enable administrators to grant access to assets. Some customers regulate assets by setting rules to sunset assets from usage.
Relieve the burden of sending large files via email - By leveraging the Share Client, hypertext to assets can be sent without encountering performance on the email server.
Better communication between sales and marketing - Marketers use Elvis DAM to share marketing collateral with sales reps in the field.
Tracking assets in large documents - Elvis DAM tracks all assets contained within a document.
Saving money - the ROI of Elvis DAM varies company to company, however the general benefits are reducing legal expenses from asset misuse, regaining time from staff by accelerating searches, repurposing content with a shorter time to market and eliminating file sharing tools.