Product Spotlight: Enterprise 2002

Jul 22, 2002  •  Post A Comment

What it is: Enterprise 2002 from Xytech in Burbank, Calif.
What it does: Enterprise 2002 is a work-flow management and media-asset-management system. It is an enterprise-level software system to support back office applications of any production or postproduction environment. It is not a digital-asset-management system, but it does integrate with such tools. The software system helps manage ordering, billing, purchasing and inventory and is typically used in media production or postproduction environments, said Hugh Heinsohn, general manager, Xytech Systems Corp. It allows users to assign personnel, equipment and facilities to work orders, keep track of time and money vs. what was budgeted and to manage inventory in a media environment, he said. It can be used to manage “ad pub” material such as hats and posters and physical assets such as audio and videotapes. “If you are making a media production of some kind-corporate training video for instance-you want to track the rooms used and manage all the personnel associated with making the show happen. We manage things you can put bar codes on-film cans, cassettes, still photos,” he said.
Target market: The product is used in some corporate installations, such as Boeing, but the primary targets are TV networks, postproduction houses and studios.
Features and benefits: Enterprise 2002 contains 21 different modules to mix and match, including scheduling, billing, invoicing and inventory-control modules. This newest version of the Enterprise system includes enhancements to better manage union personnel, inventory control mechanisms to support global assets within many divisions and a spell check for all fields. In addition, a new system module option automatically uploads new programs to client PCs when new Enterprise 2002 versions are available on the server, saving time for system administrators and making deployment of new versions easy, Mr. Heinsohn said. A new application toolbar allows for one-click access to any available module or menu item.
Cost: The system starts at $40,000 and can go up to $250,000 to $300,000.