Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Digitizing Your Assets

Digitization - in practical business terms - is the process of creating electronic resources from your physical assets, and has rapidly evolved into one of the most recognized forms of organizational efficiency for companies today, and tomorrow. 

Proper digitization is more than just scanning and storing documents in an electronic format. Digitization is a strategy that involves systems, tools and technologies, organization including: meta-data, cataloging and captioning, and most importantly, the right Digital Asset Management (DAM) system. 

Digitization applies to all intellectual properties, every physical body of work you own from: books, manuals, white papers, corporate and legal (internal and external) documents, to your media including: photographs, videos, film and fiche, any and all information in a three-dimensional form. In addition, digitization addresses the organization of these physical assets with your digital-born material.

The results are the creation of a highly-functional, and complete virtual resource library.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

An Introduction: Who, What, When, Where, Why:
WHO: RobCorrao, COO of LAC Group…and, You!
WHAT: Host of Think-Tank, “Everything Information”
WHEN: Tuesday Round-tables with Rob (8:00-8:30 A.M. Pacific), and Weekly Blog Posts
WHERE: Here in our (mine and your) new Virtual Board Room 
WHY:  Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.” – Steve Jobs

While the World Wide Web is no longer a new technology, the changes it has created in our work-space, our industry, of full-information management and library services are nothing less than magnanimous. Almost every business, in every industry is now faced with new challenges to move forward, using a combination of technology and personnel, to preserve, protect and increase the accessibility of your assets, all while juggling a shrinking budget from these hard economic times. Each week, I will introduce a new “Hot Topic”, including the cost and operational efficiencies, and return-on-investment for the many technologies and methodologies available to you. I encourage you to speak out freely and often, and to claim your place around our round-table discussions. I am excited to host this virtual journey for our industry professionals, to educate, and to learn. We have a real opportunity to make a difference in our future…together. 

This week, I am addressing the concept of digitization, also known as digitizing your assets, the “pros”, and the “cons”. Please feel free to check-in here by introducing yourself, and posting your comments, questions, and/or ideas on how to make our time together each week the most productive, and beneficial to you. 

“Life is like a library owned by an author. In it are a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick