Wrap up of the HSEvents Webinar "Digital Supply Chain - All Hype or Dead without It?"

CI HUB hosted a panel with the Who's Who of Digital Asset Management: Elliot Sedegah, Director, Strategy & Product Marketing at Adobe, Frédéric Sanuy, CEO & Founder at Activo, Josh Van Dyk, VP North America Sales, Censhare, Peter Krogh, Photographer, Author & Chief Product Officer at MediaGraph and chaired by Andreas Michalski, CEO and Founder at CI HUB.

“Digital Supply Chain - All Hype or Dead Without It?”

The topic put before the pannel was Digital Supply Chain - All Hype or Dead Without It? and led to a discussion about the significance of a Digital Supply Chain in an organization, how it can help you improve your insights into digital content and many more related topics. As with everthing at the moment the topic of AI and even Blockchain were touched upon.


Elliot Sedegah
Frédéric Sanuy
Josh Van Dyk
Peter Krogh


Andreas Michalski

If you are: 

  • Thinking of digitalizing your supply chain
  • Wondering if it is actually worth the hype
  • Interested in learning all about the value that brings a Digital Supply Chain into your business right from the DAM and digital content experts

Then you should definitely watch the recording and read the Summary and Q&A below.

Watch the recording

Webinar Summary

Welcome to the Digital Content Supply Chain, where the creation of unique content and the customer journey is there to not only engage audiences but to win hearts and minds; where Adobe’s vision is to empower anyone within an enterprise to be the creator and where the content supply chain supported with customer data can finally make marketing meaningful and genuinely engaging.

The future of marketing is all about the personalization of digital content, and our panel of expert speakers, Elliot Sedegah, Frederic Sanuy, Josh Van Dyk and Peter Krogh, all agreed with Peter’s comment; “we’ve moved from one to one, to one too many, and now we’re moving to a many to many models of communication where content personalization – the process of creating unique content for each customers’ journey is now a new reality”.

But the ability to create and personalize content comes with the need for controls. There needs to be trust and an understanding, as Josh added that “although a DAM can manage digital assets to support a campaign, so too there’s a need for trusted and accurate data to enable personalization”.

What is the larger objective of ‘truth-based’ media marketing, and in thinking of the digital supply chain, what are the future challenges of communicating in mass? From the metadata standpoint, provenance and truth are essential to everyone.

So, can generative AI help with the creative process in the digital supply chain? Elliot explained that Adobe had seen massive interest in AI and how FireFly, Adobe’s AI technology, can help with creativity and ideation and inspire and help with production and co-creation to create truly remarkable experiences.

Andy Michalski then asked the question to our panellists – “If AI can create anything when you need it, is there any point in having a DAM?”  This question brought our panellists together where the value of the existing content library would be better appreciated. Original digital content stored in a DAM will be every organization’s treasure trove. Clearly, every organization with a digital presence needs systems to manage this data effectively.

In the future, more demanding and perhaps snapshot world, there’s going to be the need to keep track of the created asset and as Frédéric Sanuy pointed out, for brands, it’s essential to discover the right way forward and that we “shouldn’t confuse creativity, productivity and technology when it’s all about data”.

The panel moved on to discuss the legal requirements after Adobe’s news earlier this month that Firefly, Adobe’s generative-AI-powered image maker, is designed to be “safe for commercial use” to the point that Adobe is now offering to indemnify customers against any legal issues arising from its use... How do we track truth? The good news is that we’ve moved on from Blockchain as Peter brought smiles to the other panelists by defining Blockchain as “an inefficient database that nobody can fix when there are errors”.

There will, of course, be court battles where the AI-generated model will stick six fingers up in court but won’t be able to satisfy our insatiable demand for customer experience. We’re moving to the new standard, which will be a more creative, expressive world.

The panel agreed that AI would never replace smart people - which, alongside the news published in the New Scientist this week that AIs become useless if they keep learning from other AI-generated output https://www.newscientist.com/article/2378706-ais-will-become-useless-if-they-keep-learning-from-other-ais/ [registration required] would be reassuring for anyone feeling as though the robots were coming.

Summing up, Frédéric Sanuy commented that regardless of the technology, it’s about people explaining that in Formula 1 MotorSport, it’s not just about the car but also the driver.

We would like to thank everybody who was attending and the DAM and digital content experts for sharing their experience in this lively round-table discussion on the value of the digital supply chain.


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Questions & Answers

Are there any systems, what users can trust that the AI is only fed by approved or compliant assets?

There is currently no known system that guarantees the exclusive use of approved or compliant assets in AI training, making it difficult to establish complete trust in the output.However, many acknowledge that this AI can serve as a valuable assistant, as others have noted.


Can blockchain technologies help in tracking or archiving data compliance?

Blockchain technologies are one way to establish trust in content, there are various other methods, such as Adobe's content authenticity initiative, that can ensure the origin and safety of generated content. The focus is on maintaining purity and having a record of content creation, including legal indemnification, to manage risks and enable scalable growth, while considering copyright and rights management.


Can artificial intelligence replace humans?

Currently most companies are not replacing humans with AI, but they use this tool to be able to reach more people and to be more frequent in advertising. Companies usually struggle to meet their reach goals so they could increase their content production with various AI technologies. With this technology, they can target different audiences and deliver more personalized content to larger number of people.

Do we need to create content for AI or search engines instead of people?

At the end of the day, the success of a business lies in whether individuals are aware of the brand, engaging with it, and making purchases. Nowadays, businesses often focus on subscription models and constant engagement, requiring fresh and engaging content tailored to specific individuals or groups, while still reflecting the brand's identity. Artificial intelligence (AI) tools can assist in creating and managing a larger volume of content, ensuring it aligns with the brand and efficiently reaches and engages the intended audience on various devices. Ultimately, it is the individual customer who drives the business, and AI serves as a tool to optimize and enhance that engagement.


Article by
Gerd Glaser

CSO, Chief Sales OfficerGerd Glaser has 25 years of experience in the marketing and communications industry. He has worked as a founder and managing director of agencies and as an external consultant for leading companies. He has extensive knowledge of digital asset management, workflow management and is an expert on Adobe products.