The net-wide discussion over the Apple iPad’slack of Adobe Flash supporthas brought back a few memories for me: ones in which DAM tools with sexy Flash interfaces can’t run in large, corporate locked-down environments, where there’s restrictions against downloading just about anything (such as a special plug-in, or the latest version of Flash) to a corporate machine.
Aswe wrote about last year and cover extensively in ourDigital & Media Asset Management Research, many DAM tools have refreshed their UIs in the last year, while other DAM vendors havecontinuously promised they will but still haven’t released. Those interfaces are largely Flash, Flex, or AJAX-based, and definitely make DAM interfaces look like they belong in the 21st century.
Thatdoesn’t mean they’re perfect. In the past several months, while assisting three Fortune 500 companies with their DAM procurements, I’ve watched the excitement in a potential buyer’s eyes when they see a well-designed, fluid interface that’s Flash or AJAX-driven, only to be followed by dismay when they realize they can’t run the tool because of their locked down corporate machine.