If you've moved, you know that the search for and selection of a new home comes with its own set of challenges and opportunities. The same is true for the search for and selection of a new digital asset management (DAM) platform in which to house your valuable content. Choosing the right DAM platform won't solve all of your problems, but it will go a long way in making your eventual migration and implementation efforts successful.
Because of the importance of this buying decision, we've developed a separate guide for that process specifically. We've called it the Consumer's Guide to Choosing a DAM Platform, and it's full of valuable tips for determining what kind of platform will work best for you, navigating the sales process, and ultimately "putting in an offer" on your asset's new home!
In this article, we cover how this decision and process directly impacts the migration process, and how you can take steps before you've bought a new platform to make sure the moving process is less of a headache for your team.
Find Our Where You're Headed
The home-buying process requires you to creating your “must-haves” list, determining your budget and preferred neighborhood, and touring houses for sale while asking the right questions. The same is true for the DAM migration process. Before any migration can happen, searching for and evaluating other systems and platforms must occur. As you navigate the search for a new DAM platform, do your future-self a favor and answer the following questions, ensuring a smoother DAM migration.
- Are there any integrations or links between your current platform and your new one?
- Do you need to add metadata, update file names, or re-organize assets before you migrate them?
- How large is the library you intend to migrate?
- What kind of help is available from the DAM vendor team or their partners?
Just like you’d hire a realtor to assist in the home buying process, consultants like Stacks can help you manage a DAM request-for-quote (RFP), all while scoping the migration process for you in more detail. You can read more about these services on this page.
Decide What You're Taking With You
To properly evaluate any house you consider, you have to know how much space you need. Will your furniture fit in the living room? Are the closets big enough to hold your clothing? Is there space in the kitchen for the type of refrigerator you have?
Similarly, you need to have a basic idea of the size of the digital asset group you need to migrate to a new DAM platform as well as what your content creation goals are going forward.
What is the next step in Stacks' Proven Migration Process? Check out the following sections of the guide below!
Step 2: Planning
Create a timeline, budget, and roadmap