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Kevin is Director of Product Strategy at Dalet. With nearly 15 years of experience at Dalet, he has been at the heart of the evolution of the Dalet product offering from radio automation to becoming a provider of MAM-driven workflows for some of the largest media organisations in the world. After having held the position of Director of Product Management for 7 years, Kevin is now in charge of overlooking the Dalet long-term product strategy, aligning it with the fundamental shifts that are happening in our industry today. Having a background both in technology and in business, Kevin likes to write about how Technology can be applied to improve workflows and processes in the media world.
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This Q&A article is a repost from The Broadcast Bridge website.   Kevin Savina, Product Strategy Director for Dalet, discusses with The Broadcast Bridge important 2017 trends in media asset management – multi-platform distribution, collaboration, workflow orchestration and business intelligence reporting – that broadcasters, facilities and content producers should keep at the forefront of their decision-making. The Broadcast Bridge (TBB): How are changing audience...
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If you look into the meaning of NRCS, what do you get? Newsroom computer system. But let’s take it a bit further, and really break it down.  Room. This word implies containment – one single location from which the news is collected, produced and distributed. Cut to this century, and that’s just not the reality of news. News gathering can happen anywhere, anytime. It can be captured by a random passerby with a smartphone that produces better quality images than the...
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Let’s start with a loaded question: is it possible to agree on a single definition for Media Asset Management (MAM) in 2016? I am pretty sure some of you are smiling and might remember this article from the Dalet Academy, where Bruce Devlin received as many definitions as the number of persons surveyed! While all vendors more or less agree on the main goal of a MAM - to allow media professionals to make more and better programs with fewer costs involved - the way that this translates into...
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In today’s multi-platform world, simply put, finding stuff is becoming more complex. In the past, a mere browse through the shelves would suffice. But the digital era brings forth the "hoarding" syndrome. Just think, for example, of your own collection of home pictures – I know mine are in an unmanaged mess. But before we get into searching, we first need to address quantifying things. This is where a MAM's role is to be the record keeper of your valuable...
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As I was working on a presentation I gave recently on the data model our Dalet Galaxy MAM system is built upon, I realized that looking at the evolution of this data model was a nice way of explaining it. It only made sense to share it with a wider audience. By illustrating how media assets are tracked and cataloged within a MAM system, and how that model has changed significantly over time, I hope to provide a deeper understanding of the changing needs in our industry and how we can not only...
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We’ve already discussed MAM’s role as an enabler in broadcast operations change management (here) and the subsequent areas where MAM can drive change. But none of these benefits will be realized if staff who will be using the system day in and day out have not understood and bought-in to what is an inevitable disruption to their normal practices. When production is ongoing, facilities are huge, companies are comprised of hundreds or even sometimes thousands of employees and staff,...
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The dilemma Over the years, one of the problems I hear a lot from broadcasters, especially for news and sports production workflows, is: “I have operations in different locations. I’d love to have them work as one unit and be able to collaborate closely with one another, but at the same time, in case a location gets disconnected from the others, I still want it to be able to operate totally normally.” It’s a rather traditional question of balance between...
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The challenge across the board for our industry is quite simply to be able to do more, do it better, and do it for less. The reality is that every customer is different and they have their own mix of these issues. So what everyone wants to hear as we approach IBC2014 is how they can work with open, modular, flexible solutions that enable them to do exactly what they want to do.   Regardless of media, whether for news, sports, radio, promos, archive and indeed every piece of...
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So far, 2014 has been the year of mergers and acquisitions within the broadcast industry. As previously reported on this blog, not all this M&A activity is driven by the same customer-focused aims. However, in the case of Dalet, our recent strategic acquisition of AmberFin has the customer clearly in mind. The merging of the two companies enables our new enlarged and enriched company to cover significantly more bases within file-based workflow environments. From IBC 2014, Dalet will offer...
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