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A world of information is generated through the media production process. The Dalet Report Center lets businesses maximize the value of that information with analytical reports.

Analyze This! Analyze That! Analyze Everything!

A world of information is generated through the media production process. The Dalet Report Center lets businesses maximize the value of that information with analytical reports.

Today, the broadcast industry has generally accepted the need for Media Asset Management solutions for production, archive, sports and news systems. In the production process, a vast amount of information is generated, such as the number of text, video and audio assets created, as well as information about transcoding, transferring, QC processes, broadcast information, web publishing, archiving and much more. All of this information, when gathered and analyzed, can be very useful for an organization in making management decisions so that operations become more efficient and effective. MAM platforms like Dalet Galaxy offer reporting tools that automate this gather and analyze process.

Specifically, the Dalet Report Center, part of the Dalet Galaxy platform powered by Tableau, boasts comprehensive reporting tools that allow users to analyze the vast amount of activity performed and information generated on a particular Dalet site. Tapping into Dalet metadata management capabilities, the Business Intelligence (BI) of the Dalet Report Center provides a central location, where the data is presented in various reports. Important information is pin-pointed and intelligently displayed, triggering both operational and management decisions on all levels.

The Dalet Report Center establishes a solid and flexible BI framework, meaning that a user can drag and drop asset filters based on metadata fields for analysis to generate canned reports based on the needs of users. Once the reports have been compiled, they are distributed via email at designated times to those needing this information using the Report Scheduler. The Dalet Report Center also enables data analysis anywhere, anytime through a mobile application, or by using offline reports to easily share information with colleagues.

Let's go through a simple video workflow and see how the Dalet Report Center can be used:

  1. A video arrives from one of the customer's suppliers.
  2. The video goes through the QC process.
  3. At the end of the process, the video is either approved for further production or returned as a faulty one to the provider.
  4. The Dalet Report Center can then generate a report with the following information:
    • List of providers indicating the percentage of faulty videos for each one, with the report intelligently displaying the quality of listed providers.
    • The number of tests that were performed in the first and second QC passes, and the number of QC tests that failed
    • Clearly indicates if there was a specific time where videos failed QC beyond the acceptable standard deviation

A Dalet report dynamically combining four angles of a QC process

 

When a Dalet title is being transcoded, wrapped or unwrapped, archived, exported or imported, the Dalet Report Center will analyze and present, for example, the number of transcoding jobs that are done in a certain period of time. It will display the job type(s) that have been pending for unreasonable lengths of time, the average length of time a job is in queue, as well as the number of created, completed, aborted and failed jobs. The user can also analyze what happened on a specific day, for example, after seeing a relatively high number of failed QC jobs on that day. Dalet reports are displayed dynamically, meaning that the user can click on specific data, and the entire report will show the relevant information around the information clicked.

Four dynamic reports displaying jobs pending by host and agent (top left), by time (top right), by pending time of top number migration policy (bottom left) and by migration policy (bottom right)

 

A great advantage of the Dalet Report Center for technical management is the ability to easily know if the servers are being utilized to the fullest potential, if the servers' loads are balanced, if there is an overloaded server, and which server handles the most amount of jobs. With this key information, management can find methods to better use their hardware and determine if additional hardware or virtual servers are needed.

A report showing the timeline of job duration by servers (top left), percentage of jobs by migration policy (in real time) (top right), jobs performance throughout a specific day (bottom left), and the total job percentage by real-time range (bottom right)

 

Last but not least, one of the most sensitive areas of any organization is reporting on the quality of work done by the users. The Dalet Report Center can generate reports on users, both as a team and as individuals. The report will include metrics concerning a user’s login time, the number of handled titles, the amount of titles utilized by specific users or groups of users, and much more.

Four dynamic reports covering number of logins over time (top left), total number of logins per user (top right), session duration (bottom left), and average session duration (bottom right)

 

The Dalet Report Center in Dalet Galaxy supports business processes and empowers editorial, business and technical managers with a wide variety of information. By compiling relevant analytics, organizations can replicate editorial success based on reports of content usage, tap into new revenue streams based on analytics of consumption, better use talent based on information about productivity, and enhance technical infrastructure based on technical information gathered. The Dalet Report Center gives organizations what today’s business demands: a business analytics solution that is truly enterprise-ready.

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