What if we don't have any third party DAM software and we need to achieve some basic DAM features like editing, alert(on change), versions, change and workflows. Does tridion provide some functionality Out-of-the-box? if not, what could be the work around solution?

Thought process : We need to keep in mind that we could have some DAM connectors in future. so we are keeping all the Multimedia components in one folder(structured/nested) and whenever we get the connector , we'll migrate all of those in DAM software. Please suggest.


SDL Tridion will allow you to edit any Multimedia Component (you can download the file and upload it back again after a change, or you can even open it directly via WebDAV if your editor supports that), you can implement workflow for alerts after a change, and it will keep a version history of your changes. So I would say that already consists of basic DAM functionality.

If you require more, then you will have to choose a DAM vendor for that, and that you can connect via ECL. When you switch over from (normal) Multimedia Components to ECL items, basically the only change you need to make is exchange the Multimedia Components you link to, for the corresponding ECL item. The ECL item will be based on a different Schema, but that is in fact just a Multimedia Schema. Same as inside the CMS, your ECL item will be referenced by its Stub Component, which is a normal Multimedia Component (with an external reference to your ECL item).

So if you already know that you will need DAM functionality, you could consider choosing it upfront and start to work with ECL right from the beginning. But it will be possible to migrate something like that at a later stage too, since all in all the real process of working with a Multimedia Component or an ECL item aren't all that different.

  • if I choose ADAM as aDAM vendor , do we have any connector for 3013SP1 ? Feb 27 '14 at 5:46
  • @Manoj if ADAM and SDL still exists in the year 3013, I'm sure they will also have a connector. But for now, contact your SDL account manager for availability, I would expect the 2011 connector should work as it is just ECL. Feb 27 '14 at 8:26

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