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part of the Real World Windows Azure series, we talked to Declan Rudden,
Director of Distribution at Irish Music Rights
about using the Windows Azure platform to deliver the organization's Online Member Services portal. Here's what he had
MSDN: Tell us
about the Irish Music Rights Organisation and the services you offer.
Rudden: Founded in 1995, IMRO is a nonprofit national
organization that administers performing rights and distributes royalties for
copyrighted music in Ireland on behalf of its members. Members include
songwriters, composers, and music publishers, plus members of other
international copyright organizations to which we are affiliated.
MSDN: What was the
situation that IMRO faced prior to implementing the Windows Azure platform?
Rudden: In 2006, because of the emergence of additional radio
stations as well as streaming and download music providers on the Internet,
IMRO was faced with a massive growth in the amount of data it needed to process
to serve its members. We hired Spanish Point Technologies, a Microsoft Gold
Certified Partner, to build a system that would calculate royalty payments for
music performances that take place in the public domain. The new system,
launched in 2007, automates the royalty collection and distribution process.
The system was a great success. It significantly improved the match rates and
increased efficiencies therefore we were able to reduce headcount and save
MSDN: Describe the
solution you built with the Windows Azure platform?
Rudden: We decided to develop the IMRO Online Member Services
portal on the Windows Azure platform as a way to show tangible benefits to our
members. Members heard that our royalty system increased matches to musical
performances. With the Windows Azure portal, members can see the system's
benefits, and data is exposed in a very secure way.
IMRO royalty distributions are based on the number of seconds of music a
broadcaster plays in a given period.
MSDN: What makes
your solution unique?
Rudden: One of the challenges that Spanish Point Technologies
had to address when it built the Online Member Services portal was how it would
protect sensitive member information in the cloud. We specified that we wanted data to remain largely
on-premises. Only information needed to fulfill an interaction would be
available through the portal. We used web services to connect the portal to the
on-premises Microsoft SQL Server database, where the sensitive data resides.
MSDN: Describe how
IMRO members interact with the Online Member Services portal.
Rudden: Members can sign
in to the Online Member Services portal by using their Windows Live IDs. Available information includes an inventory of each artist's works,
how works are stored, any instance of the work being performed or played, what
royalty payments were distributed, and how payments were calculated. It plainly
illustrates how if something gets played, you get paid. This gives our members
comfort because our calculations are transparent and precise. We also do crowd
sourcing. We allow our members to match works that we've been unable to match.
MSDN: What benefits have you seen since
implementing the Windows Azure platform?
Rudden: Our members are amazed by the Online Member Services
functionality. Plus, the Windows Azure platform is hosted in one of the largest
data centers in Europe, and it includes a stringent SLA [service level agreement]
for uptime while enabling services to scale easily as needed by transaction
volumes. It's been a great success.
the full story at: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000009116
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