Recent figures have shown that there are at least 16 open source DAM solutions available out there. These are primarily web-based, yet in some cases, a tradition desktop client is provided. Strictly speaking, some of these should be defined as ECM suites - so-called Enterprise Content Management systems.

First off, these open source DAM software necessarily have been OSI approved. This does not mean, however, that they are always free of cost. In several cases one should keep in mind that there can be - substantial - cost associated with the purchase of the software, or particular support issues like updates and service.

So what does open source digital asset management offer then? Well, in a sense it simply means that the system’s source code is readily available. This software can be reviewed, distributed, or altered to match your specific needs. Naturally, it does require extensive programming knowledge and a heavy time investment.

In our opinion the discussion therefore shouldn’t be about whether the source-code is free to distribute. It’s is about You, the user. Things like support, usability and design, regular updates, and a lightning-fast application is what it’s all about. And this doesn’t even begin to cover all the hidden costs involved with a local install necessary for an open-source utility like hardware maintenance, testing, monitoring, security, and set-up costs. Eventually you will have to decide for yourself whether to insist on an open-source application, or to opt for an “off-the-shelf” solution like Bynder.

All in all this will account to a longer time-to-market, and higher and less transparent costs.

A cloud-based solution like the Bynder image bank will solve these issues, and offers a transparent cost structure without all the hassle.

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