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About the PATRIAS™ Product Reviews

Application of the PATRIAS™ Product Capability Assessment (PCA) technique to intelligent automation systems for the television content production supply chain. 

Level 1 of the PCA technique was applied to identify the products for review, Level 2 was applied for the Standard Reviews, and Level 3 was applied for the Premium reviews.

Assessment Criteria

The reviews that we present on this website are looking for evidence of technology capabilities in the following areas. These were defined from a combination of an integrative review of the academic literature on the causal links between technology and operational performance and on domain-specific research as part of my PhD study:

Architecture looks for evidence of technology capabilities that are an indication of the intelligent automation system's scalability, flexibility, performance and security capabilities.

 

Integration looks for evidence of technology capabilities that are an indication of the intelligent automation system's ability, configurability and visibility of integrations between third party products.

Automation looks for evidence of technology capabilities that are an indication of the intelligent system's capability to design, configure and monitor automated workflows. 

 

Information looks for evidence of technology capabilities that are an indication of the intelligent system's capability to manage and transform a breadth and depth of metadata types. 

 

Analytics looks for evidence of technology capabilities that are an indication of the intelligent system's ability to analyse different types of metadata and provide historical, real-time and predictive reports, charts and other graphic representations.   

User Experience looks for evidence of technology capabilities that are an indication of the intelligent system's usability in terms of UI design, complexity, configurability and consistency. 

Security - looks for the application of recognised security process for documentation and testing, authentication, logging and forensics, security breach prevention and, secure coding. 

Artificial Intelligence - looks for evidence of technology capabilities that are an indication of the intelligent system's capability to autonomously execute complex tasks that otherwise humans would need to perform. 

Who We Review

An application of the Level 1 PATRIAS™ PCA technique to the television content production sector (the 'broadcast'' sector) identified the products reviewed on this site. This included the following activities:

 

Filter by NAB Published Catalogue Categorisation: The NAB exhibition provides an on-line catalogue and an application on which the 1,600+ exhibiting manufacturers. Typically these are placed their offerings in one of 8 or 9 categories, which further break down to between 75 to 85 sub-categories. Filtering the 1,600+ entries down to just those categories that offer software solutions (as opposed to hardware only or services only) for managing television assets (rather than radio or only documents) reduces the list to just over 250 exhibitors.  

Filter by focus supply chain coverage and capability: The 250 were then filtered by supply chain coverage  - with the inclusion of those solutions that can be applied within  the television content production supply chain, and can be coded to execute automated actions, and manage television media assets and authority. This reduces the list to just over 50.

 

Refined by Industry Expert Recommendation: Prior to the major trade shows in the media industry (NAB, IBC) a panel of seasoned industry experts were asked to propose the intelligent automation systems that were being observed in the market as competing for television content production supply chain opportunities in each of the sales regions (Americas, APJ and EMEA). After several rounds of discussions, the list was reduced to the 35 vendors reviewed on this web site. 

 
If you are a manufacturer of an intelligent system that is not included in our review, but you would like it to be, then please do contact us and we can arrange for this to be addressed. 

Limitations

As with any review of product capability analysis or review, time and resource limitations and access to the required data is always a challenge. 

AccuracyThe Standard Reviews on this site were predominantly based on the information that the manufacturer had placed in the public domain at the time of the review - web sites, trade show signage, editorials in trade publications etc. The accuracy of such source material was not independently validated. By contrast, the Premium Reviews have been written in response to answers provided by the manufacturers in detailed questionnaires that were subsequently reviewed and partially validated. These will therefore be more accurate.  

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Impartiality:  While we are open and often appointed by technology manufacturers for our industry analysis, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, sales enablement and other services, the intelligent automation system reviews on this web site are not funded or strategically aligned to any manufacturer.  The reviews presented on this site are intended to be impartial and manufacturer agnostic, using a systematic and replicable methodology.

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Currency: The date that each intelligent system review was performed is shown at the top of the specific review page. Given the fast pace that some manufacturers are developing their intelligent automation systems, this could mean that some reviews do not reflect current capability.  

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Coverage: While the selection of intelligent automation systems covered in this review is intended to represent our understanding of the leading solutions on the market, there are always new ones being launched and ones we either are not aware of or have not had time to review. If you think we are missing any intelligent systems that you'd like to see here, then please let us know and we'll consider including them in our next round of reviews.