Across the industry, most implementation and transformation projects have traditionally been collaborative because individual groups of people from different companies and multiple disciplines work together to achieve a common aim. But it is often the case that they are working alongside each other rather than combining their intellect and jointly determining the best solution for a client, even if that means their system or technology is not core or managing some of the key functions as part of the overall solution. As systems have become diverse there is a real Venn-like overlap of functionality and it is essential that vendors now work side by side, within these common areas, to determine the most optimal solution for that workflow, operation, site or organisation.
Over time, the capability of many of the industry’s leading media and metadata management systems and tools has continued to advance, but can they change quickly enough to keep ahead of the new demands? The relentless, almost geometric growth, across the industry, in both the volume of files and complexity of data required for identification and global exploitation, poses a significant performance challenge to all vendors.
This, coupled with the necessity to increase automation and dramatically reduce human intervention at every point in the supply chain, has meant many vendors have had to step back and consider if their products remain “fit for purpose”.
Three Media was no different and performed an intensive ‘bottom up’ analysis of their XEN: product set.