Seamless Integration with FirstSpirit 5.3

Leading Content Management System (CMS) technologies such FirstSpirit from eSpirit have native media management capabilities. But what happens if the latest version of a file is needed outside the web team? Imagery and product data sheets must be available for sales staff, product management and social media teams. With Cumulus, you can make sure the most current version of a file is always available, to all channels.

The integration of Cumulus and FirstSpirit not only saves disk space, but also relieves the entire IT infrastructure. The web team may search the Cumulus catalog of assets directly from within FirstSpirit, while allowing (permission-controlled) access to those same digital assets from other internal teams and external agencies.

FirstSpirit Asset Browser with Cumulus

Communication between FirstSpirit CMS and Cumulus takes place via RESTful API.

Media Delivery Cloud: image transformation, distribution and caching on-the-fly

Marketing managers and web editors love the Media Delivery Cloud from Canto, because rich media is vital to today’s online experiences. Typically, image files are manually converted to various static file formats and sizes. These variants are then copied to a folder structure on the Web server – a very error-prone and complicated process. The Media Delivery Cloud can automate this process and pass images from Cumulus into the correct resolution to FirstSpirit.

Technically the Media Delivery Cloud does image transformations (such as resizing and adding watermarks). Variants are rendered on-the-fly, as soon as they are requested by FirstSpirit. Media Delivery Cloud converts images into the proper format. Media Delivery Cloud can also replace deleted images with default replacements. The load distribution between digital asset management (DAM) and CMS ensures greater performance and scalability.

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Portrait Michael Maage

“We are pleased about so much experienced support in the implementation of our projects and are excited about the upcoming development of Cumulus!”

Michael Maage
Project, Rittal GmbH & Co KG.

Copy or reference? The choice is yours.

Copy assets from Cumulus into FirstSpirit and work with them as you would any other uploaded file.  Or define a reference back to your source asset in Cumulus, to ensure the latest and greatest version is always available in FirstSpirit. Ensure accuracy and accelerate the publishing of content (videos, photos, documents) for websites, blogs and other online portals, which are maintained by FirstSpirit.

The technical integration has two modes: An asset from Cumulus comes into FirstSpirit CMS as a copy or as a link (Asset Reference). DAM Connect for FirstSpirit can be configured to cover either application – each with its advantages. Our teams will discuss your specific needs and make a recommendation, accordingly. In both modes, the bi-directional interface logs the use of the respective assets.

Cumulus Content Manager Screenshot Use History

Simply insert images, videos and documents from Cumulus into FirstSpirit sites, shops and portals.

Professional license management for protected content

Making sure your firm stays in compliance with digital content licensing terms can be challenging with the modern pace of work, especially for global companies.. Copyright infringements happen easily and inadvertently – with dramatic legal consequences. It is important for decision makers in technology and marketing operations to adopt practices and processes that will keep you in compliance, and out of lawsuits. Digital asset management takes the guesswork out of the equation, by keeping track of license information together with the asset.

License information is stored as metadata. If metadata changes, such as license expiration, or region approved for use, that information can automatically be transferred to the CMS. Thus allowing pictures, videos and documents to always be kept up to date via Cumulus. For instance, Cumulus can check the license expiration date and withdraw approval for the site once the expiration date is exceeded.

Metadata licence information in Cumulus

Cumulus checks the usage rights and removes images without a valid license automatically.