"Donna Slawsky was gracious enough to invite us to speak with her graduate class at Columbia University to help them understand the power of the software-as-
Gonnering’s lecture covered a number of key areas surrounding the SaaS DAM model, including:
• Definitions of SaaS with an emphasis on the last "S" being “Service”
• Growing market demand for software-as-
• SaaS DAM advantages—speed to market, upgrades, functionality, integration and costs
• SaaS DAM challenges, security concerns, custom features and workflow requirements
• Cloud computing and digital asset management
"Donna has positioned Columbia University well to educate the next generation of information professionals to support complex metadata and taxonomy structures within digital asset management systems," added Gonnering.
Widen provides Columbia Digital Asset Management students access to the Widen Media Collective, the company’s Web-based DAM software to complete hands-on learning projects using a live digital asset management system.
“We thank Widen for providing use of their SaaS product for our DAM course at Columbia. As a guest speaker, Widen CEO Matthew Gonnering really helped enhance our understanding of SaaS, hosting and the Cloud," said course instructor Donna Slawsky.
"The graduate level students are very knowledgeable and actively participated in our presentation on software-as-
With nearly 140 customers across sixteen major vertical markets including manufacturing, healthcare, and higher education, Widen’s SaaS DAM solutions allow clients’ internal IT teams to focus on improving internal operational systems without diverting those resources to digital asset management.
About the Columbia University Digital Asset Management Course
The Digital Asset Management course at the Columbia University School of Continuing Education is part of the programming for the Master of Science in Information and Digital Resource Management. The course, which employs case studies, theoretical readings, student projects, guest speakers, and site visits, is a companion course to the Master's Project Seminar. Students of the Digital Asset Management course learn about the increasing variety and importance of digital resources held and used by business, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. Among the topics the course considers are the transfer of records and other materials from analog and other non-digital formats to digital format; the design and maintenance of digital databases; the preservation of digital assets; the practical integration of digital assets into the daily work and long-term missions of diverse organizations.
About Widen Enterprises, Inc.
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Widen has honed its more than 60 years of experience in premedia services and color management specifically for assisting customers with building brand equity and supporting consistent brand representation across print and Web communications. Through its inventive suite of Web-based digital asset management applications, Widen software services provide marketing networks with real-time, Web-based access to the clients' digital asset libraries, subsequently eliminating manual search and file preparation time, costs related to replacing images and videos that cannot be located, and added costs for hardware, software and upgrades. For more information, visit: http://www.widen.com.