Managing your DAM

Regardless of size, an unmanaged DAM can quickly get messy. Someone needs to own the DAM, look after it, and support the people who use it.

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Discover tips, tricks, and best practices for the ongoing care and maintenance of your NetX implementation. Learn how to manage asset and metadata lifecycles and support your end-users.

5 things to know about managing NetX

Your DAM admins are the front line for end-user support.
End-users may submit inquiries to your DAM Admins via NetX's built-in Contact form.  As application experts, your DAM admins should develop a process for replicating, troubleshooting, and resolving issues if any should arise. DAM admins are responsible for escalating issues to NetX Support and for communicating resolutions to end-users.  We recommend that your main DAM admin, plus a backup or two, hold accounts for NetX Support.
The NetX Knowledge Base is a comprehensive resource.
Everything a NetX DAM admin needs to know about using and managing NetX is available online. You can repurpose knowledge base content into customized help materials or your users may access the NetX Knowledge Base with no login required. If you can't find what you're looking for, NetX Support and your NetX Account Manager are there for you too.
A wide range of system use information is available for reporting
View general usage and system information or export specific queries via the Statistics module. The dashboard can be configured to show the most popular assets or keyword terms, while the asset detail usage tab tracks how each asset has been used.
Everyone wins with a neat and tidy DAM!
DAM systems don't manage themselves. A periodic review of your DAM should be carried out to validate configurations and workflows against your current use cases. Check for relevance and accuracy in your attributes, user groups, folders, and permissions. Use statistics or poll your users to find out if controlled vocabulary values need to be added, changed, or removed. Assets, share links, and users can all be set to automatically expire.
Continuing education leads to continuing success for your DAM.
Keep your users engaged and ensure your NetX admins are there to help everyone make the most of your DAM. Revise your help materials as the NetX product and your workflows evolve. Hold regular training sessions for new and existing employees alike. Review your original user stories and interview colleagues to ensure your configuration continues to meet the needs of your stakeholders. Be a DAM cheerleader!

Best practices

Down with some downtime.
NetX product upgrades and some configuration changes require scheduled downtime for your site. Most SaaS sites will be automatically upgraded on a monthly schedule or you can coordinate ad-hoc upgrades with NetX Support. Be sure to notify your end-users as the downtime will interrupt any processes that are running. See Release Policy for details and upgrade best practices.

Steer clear of collisions.
Institute a naming convention to avoid filename collisions. Conflicting filenames can cause issues with metadata imports and when moving or adding assets to folders. It's best to rename files prior to importing to NetX with descriptive, intuitive, consistent, and concise filenames. Avoid illegal characters and excessively long filenames (under 25 characters is good practice). Case and spelling matter: image.JPG, image.jpg, and image.jpeg are treated as distinct files in NetX. 

Cataloging counts.
Search will only be as good as your cataloging efforts. Asset metadata should be reviewed from time to time to verify data integrity and ensure values are correctly and consistently applied. Attribute Grid Editor or Exporting Attribute Data to a CSV file can help when you need to review metadata in bulk. Use "no value" or "any value" criteria in an attribute value Advanced Search to identify gaps in metadata.

Save searches, save time.
Configure saved advanced searches to help monitor assets and metadata and send notifications when assets should be reviewed, updated, archived, or deleted. Saved searches are dynamic – they update automatically as relevant assets or data changes in NetX – and can be shared with your team. Use descriptive titles for your saved searches to remind you of the criteria used in the search.

Deletions are forever.
Deleting assets or folders is permanent and cannot be undone. Instituting a trash workflow to route assets to an admin-only folder instead can avoid unintended loss of files and data. Enhanced ACL Permissions may also be employed to prevent deletions on certain folders. Deleting users will result in the loss of all statistical information tied to the user. Set the user level to No Access instead to prevent access but ensure stats are retained.

How-to articles

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Tips and tricks

When batch editing assets in a Selection, remember to ALWAYS click the X to clear your selection after performing an action and before making a new selection.

Replication is the key to troubleshooting an issue. Ask end users to provide the detailed steps that led to the issue. Some problems may be resolved by clearing the browser cache (a.k.a history) and making sure NetX isn't open in multiple tabs. Always try this first.

The filter box is available in many contexts throughout NetX. Start typing to quickly find the info you seek, like a subfolder name, user name, or a search facet value. 

Right-click on a folder name in the tree to access the folder actions menu. Use List all to display the assets of all subfolders in a single gallery view.

Right-click on any thumbnail in the gallery view for the asset actions menu. This is the only way to remove assets from a Collection.

Use the Reimport action when you want to replace an individual asset but retain its metadata (instead of deleting and importing the asset as new). 

Use the Resync action when you need to regenerate proxy files or update the search index for a single asset or selection.

Rebuilding the Search Index may be required if you have issues with search. Always do this in off-peak hours.

When any folder permission is created or altered, all assets in the system will be reindexed. Plan to execute configuration changes in off-peak hours since a full reindex may impact performance.

Talk to us!
As NetX becomes integrated into your core business, you may discover new requirements or changes to your current workflows — or you might just like to suggest ways that NetX can improve. Don’t hesitate to reach out — we love hearing from our customers!

  • The NetX Ideas Portal is a space where you can create, discuss, and vote for product enhancements with other NetX users. Our product team is listening!
  • Check out Labs to test drive brand-new features and let us know what you think.
  • Contact NetX Support to get help from our friendly team of support engineers.
  • Join our User Research Program to give feedback and help drive the future of NetX.
  • Need anything not covered by support? Your dedicated NetX Account Manager is here to help.

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