Veolia organizes brand assets for teams with Canto

Veolia Environnement S.A.

Veolia assists cities and industrial companies on all five continents in dealing with natural resources. The company offers solutions for the sparing and efficient use of water, energy and raw materials as well as for waste disposal issues. Veolia develops and implements innovative and competent solutions that improve access to natural resources, guarantee their protection and conservation, make their use more efficient and even enable their renewal so that humanity can develop without destroying the environment.

Founded in1853
Business AreasWater, Waste Disposal, Energy
Employees (2015)174,000
Sales (2018)25.12 billion Euros

No two companies are alike. That’s why we introduce our customers and talk with them about how they use Canto. Veolia assists cities and industrial companies on all five continents in dealing with natural resources. We spoke with Lauriane Menuet about her job as a graphic designer and her work with Canto.

What is your job at Veolia?

I’m a graphic designer at Veolia and mainly support the communications department here at our office in Berlin. My job is to create graphics and other image materials that are then used, e.g. for flyers, presentations or our in-house newsletter. That means that I work a lot with images every day. Accordingly, Canto is a really important tool for my work.

When did you first come into contact with the topic of DAM? And at what point did you decide to implement Canto?

When I started my work for the team in January 2018, there actually was a predecessor tool, however, organizing the stored content was so chaotic and using it so difficult that it had already been decided to replace this tool. Before that, I had never worked with a comparable system for managing media. I actually found this tool to be neither very intuitive nor powerful. It was clear: We need something new! That’s why we decided to check out various other solutions, compare them and then ultimately, we brought in Canto in June 2018.

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Veolia assists cities and industrial companies in dealing with natural resources.

How did the migration of your new DAM project go with Canto?

In order to migrate our data from the old tool to Canto, we formed a team of three colleagues working from the communications department who were in charge of introducing Canto. That was really a huge, challenging yet also very interesting job! To migrate our content, we first developed a process: In a first step, we initially compiled all our relevant media files and out of these we decided which ones would be needed and by whom.

Based on that, we developed a structure in which we again subdivided media types such as images into the various areas in which Veolia operates: Water, waste disposal and energy. Then, we tried to learn from the mistakes that were made with the old tool so that we didn’t repeat them with Canto.

The biggest challenge was ultimately clarifying information such as image rights. For data protection reasons, before releasing the content, we compiled all the essential information needed to use the image in Canto, e.g. the information about who is depicted on the photo. This data was only partially available or not at all. We also compiled all our considerations and instructions in the form of a manual where we set down and explained rules for use.

Lauriane Menuet, Veolia

The links for sharing content make life a lot easier! I use them very often to send files to other users who don’t have any access to Canto themselves.

Lauriane MenuetGraphic Designer, Veolia Environnement S.A.

So, what does the implementation of your project in Canto look like?

Only administrators and editors work in our main Canto library. That’s where the content is collected and reviewed. As soon as the content is ready for further use, it’s imported into one of our portals. From there, regular users can also access it and then use the media files. This way of organizing things there is very useful for us since we wanted to have more control over who has access to specific content. We can implement all that using the portals.

Which of your departments and colleagues are connected to Canto?

At Veolia, there are various communications departments in charge of the individual business areas, and the teams are all individually connected to Canto. Our colleagues in the finance department or the sustainability department for example also have access. Overall, we have around 90 regular users.

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Detailed view of Veolia’s assets in Canto.

That’s quite a lot. Who is in charge of content and administration for Canto at your company?

We’re a team of seven editors and three administrators who are in charge of organizing Canto. The rules we set at the beginning, based on our prior experience with the old tool and suggestions from our users, are also crucial here.

What types of media files do you manage with Canto?

We centrally manage all types of media files in Canto. Pictures, logos, videos and even manuals are available via Canto. In our main library, we organize nearly 9,000 assets, about 4,000 of which are available via our portal.

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The Veolia thermal power plant near Berlin, Germany

So, what does a typical workflow look like there? Where do the files come from?

That varies a lot here. We only purchase images individually. We often hold photo shootings and then import these pictures to Canto. The image material can then be used by all our colleagues via the portals. They’re often used to create presentations. I, of course, also use Canto to research pictures for the print materials that I produce. In addition, the content is also used for social media or outside services. Ultimately, Canto is our central media library.

What is your favorite feature?

There are lots of features that I really like! We probably only use a fraction of Canto’s features. The most important one is probably being able to dynamically manage the copyrights of images with Canto. The portals are also an absolutely essential feature. Because they give us a lot of control over who may view and use which content. This also helps to guide users if they only see what’s relevant for them right from the start. The links for sharing content make life a lot easier! I use them very often to send files to other users who don’t have any access to Canto themselves.

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Veolia organizes important brand assets for teams with Digital Asset Management from Canto.

How much time do you spend in Canto per day?

It really varies. Thanks to Canto, searching for images goes a lot faster than before! I don’t waste any time when I look for content. So, on a normal working day, I might spend as much as half an hour using Canto, although I work with images a lot. Of course, when importing photos from a photoshoot, I may spend several hours within Canto.

Thank you very much for the interview.