From chaos to control: How Vimond can free you from outdated tech and vendor restrictions

Discover how to break free from outdated technology, cumbersome workflows, and vendor restrictions. Let us guide you on the path to change and reap the benefits it brings.

Vimond Media Solutions

June 28, 2023

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Do you want to avoid grappling with outdated technology, cumbersome workflows and feeling trapped by vendor restrictions? Β  We understand the obstacles you're facing, and we're here to guide you on the crucial aspects you should consider when contemplating a changeβ€”and more importantly, how making that change can greatly benefit your organisation.Β 


First of all, do these challenges sound familiar to you?


1. Too much reliance on legacy technology platforms that are outdated, complex, and challenging to maintain.

2. Vendor lock-in with limited API-based extensibility preventing you achieving a competitive solution in today's market.

3. Navigating market shifts filled with vendor uncertainty.

4. Inflexibility in user interfaces for video asset management and editing


How to attack these challenges‍


‍‍1. Evaluation

Evaluate your end-to-end system by thoroughly assessing your existing technology platforms and identifying pain points and limitations such as outdated components, complexity, and maintenance challenges. This evaluation will serve as the foundation for pinpointing the key areas where changes will add the most value to your workflows, labor investments, and outputs, ensuring that the efforts and investments made in implementing new solutions are justified and impactful.

‍2. Research alternatives ‍

Once you have a clearly understood the limitations of your current technology platforms, research and explore alternatives that can address those specific challenges. Look for solutions that benefit your workflows by bringing ease of integration, robust interfaces, and the advanced features you need to streamline your systems.Β 

3. Embrace cloud-based solutions ‍

Consider migrating to cloud-based solutions that provide scalability, flexibility, and ease of maintenance. Cloud platforms often offer regular updates and enhancements, ensuring you have access to the latest technology without the burden of managing infrastructure, library updates, and security patches.

4. Prioritize open APIs and extensibility ‍

Vendor lock-in can limit your organization's ability to integrate with other systems or customize the software to fit your unique needs. Look for solutions that offer open APIs and extensibility, allowing you to integrate with other tools and customize the software as required.

5. Seek vendor stability and future-proofing ‍

When considering new technology solutions, pay attention to the vendor's track record and stability in the market. Look for established vendors with a strong reputation and a history of providing reliable and innovative solutions. Additionally, consider the vendor's roadmap and commitment to continuous development to ensure that you avoid uncertainty or obsolescence in the future.

6. Focus on user interface and user experience ‍

In video asset management and editing, a non-flexible user interface can hinder productivity and frustrate users. Look for solutions that prioritize user experience, offering intuitive interfaces, customizable workflows, and features that enhance collaboration and efficiency.

7. Plan for a smooth transition (it really doesn't have to be just an oxymoron) ‍

Anyone who has done a large-scale migration or transition to a completely different platform knows that smooth is often a pipe dream. However, by planning for the outcomes as well as the specific transitions, you can keep the value this change brings in all aspects of the work in top-of-mind. Your transition plan should encompass data migration, user training, and ongoing support. It's essential to involve key stakeholders from different departments, fostering effective cross-functional collaboration. Additionally, acknowledge the truth that there will always be unexpected challenges, so have a team that is well-structured to adapt and overcome them. By embracing this reality, you can prepare your organization to handle any hurdles that may arise, ensuring a successful implementation of new technology.

8. Leverage change management strategies ‍

Change can be met with scepticism and resistance, making it crucial to have a robust change management strategy in place. One key aspect is to effectively communicate and demonstrate the benefits of the new technology to your team. Instead of relying solely on traditional change communications that often go unnoticed, show your team the value of the new technology through tangible examples and real-life scenarios. Prove how it can solve existing challenges and improve efficiency. By expanding your sphere of influence and engaging your team with compelling demonstrations, you can generate up-front buy-in, expanding the foundation for a successful transition. Additionally, be receptive to concerns and feedback from your team, addressing them promptly and providing adequate training and support throughout the transition process


How Vimond can support you on the journey to change


‍Streamlining Video Workflows

Vimond's video management platform acts as a comprehensive control center, providing the tools and capabilities to streamline every aspect of the video workflow. We have made it our mission to let service owners effortlessly manage content ingestion, storage, metadata management, transcoding, and distribution from a centralised interface. By automating manual processes and implementing feedback-driven workflows, Vimond eliminates bottlenecks and enhances efficiency.Β Β Β 

Efficiency at Scale

As streaming services grow, so does the complexity of managing an ever-expanding content library. Vimond's scalable architecture, combined with its robust content management capabilities and seamless integrations with post-production and media asset management (MAM) systems, ensures that service owners can effortlessly handle the demands of a rapidly expanding video library. With advanced content management features, such as metadata tagging, automated metadata extraction, and bulk editing capabilities, Vimond enables rapid content organising, making it easy to find and monetise assets efficiently.Β 


Our latest updates to our content management abilities within Vimond VIA include a brand new chapter/index marker functionality, complete with time-based metadata, virtual asset creation, and curation. Video management has never been easier and more efficient. One of our customers saw a remarkable 90% reduction in their daily video management time!


Furthermore, the Vimond VIA platform scales to ensuring that you only pay for the storage and usage you require.

Seamless Distribution

Effective distribution is critical to reaching a wider audience and maximising the potential of streaming services. With a range of excellent partners, Vimond simplifies the process by providing a comprehensive set of distribution tools. From content packaging and delivery to CDN integration and quality control, Vimond ensures seamless distribution across multiple platforms and devices. This level of control empowers service owners to deliver high-quality streaming experiences that keep viewers engaged.


Real-Time Analytics and Insights

Data-driven decision-making is crucial in the competitive streaming industry. By leveraging Vimond's powerful APIs, analytic partners and integrations, we empower service owners with real-time insights into content performance, user behavior, and engagement metrics. With valuable insights, service owners can make informed decisions to optimise their streaming services, personalise recommendations, and identify revenue opportunities, leading to improved audience satisfaction and business growth.Β 


The Video APIs

With Vimond VIA, you can quickly ingest content through various methods, including the Feed Ingest API and UI, which allows for the creation, updating, and deletion of video assets and metadata. Vimond VIA also offers an ingest monitoring API and CMS module to track the status of ongoing ingests and retrieve details of each step in the pipeline. Additionally, Vimond VIA provides ready-to-use video ingest pipelines for quick and easy setup, and a flexible method for defining custom pipelines that can be referenced through MRSS feeds.


Furthermore, Vimond VIA offers a suite of end-user service APIs for playout, stream control, and viewing history. The Vimond VIA Play Service API allows users to retrieve the stream URLs and DRM license URLs needed to start playback. At the same time Vimond VIA Stream Count API helps manage restrictions on how many concurrent streams are allowed to be active. The User Viewing History Service API also stores and returns information about users' viewing history, allowing for personalized recommendations and content highlighting. The Sub-Profile Service API allows multiple sub-profiles to be created within an end-user account, providing a way to separate users' preferences and playlists. Overall, the Vimond Video APIs are a comprehensive and reliable solution for supporting streaming services needing flexibility.Β 


‍Take the front seat

Suppose you, as a streaming service owner, want to take complete control of your streaming operations, unlock the true potential of your services and deliver exceptional streaming experiences to your audiences. In that case, we are here to support you on your streaming journey.Β 

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