Most potential owners of digital asset management systems will already own one or more databases. They are used by office systems for employee records and artists’ contracts, and for the sales and traffic management of television commercials. Many media companies use databases to manage rights information. That is ownership of the intellectual property, and the logging of usage of that material. Another database application is the simple index systems for existing libraries of tapes and photographs.
These applications will have either to be closely integrated with, or replaced by, the digital asset management installation. In the former case, should they use the same database management system (DBMS). If you are already ...