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Big Data Music Publishing Management System

The big data music publishing management system project created a global database for music. Next level music technology! 

Unquestionably, music has a huge impact on people’s lives. Influencing the industry that affects the daily lives of the global population was as challenging, as it was a great source of pride.

Our work consisted in creating a global publishing management system based – together with our partner – that brings improved business functionality and efficiency to the music industry. It also facilitates business transformation and further centralization of some core business functions, such as songs management, contract briefing, copyright, registration, portal, royalty processing and tracking/reporting using the global database created.

Our colleagues from the  custom enterprise software development business line of AROBS worked on this music publishing management system.

Business challenge of this publishing management system project

The challenge was to replace an old and obsolete publishing management system that was suffering of decentralized and low-quality data. Thus we decreased the processing time and increased efficiency while working with multi-terabyte of data, in a global data base designed for this project.

Also, on the people level, the biggest challenge was to harmonize the work of developers from different continents and physically gather them for the intense research phase of this project.

The output was a cutting edge, truly singular system, that revolutionized music publishing and music technology.

AROBS Approach


We approached the challenge with incredible focus on research,  since the music industry was a domain where AROBS did not have previous experience. Together with our partner, we held intense meetings to analyze flows and the specificity of the industry. We were searching for blind spots where huge improvements were possible.

This approach allowed the team to transform the software developers into experts of the industry. Hence, they were able to increase overall efficiency and achieve an  18-fold improvement time-to-production.

Since users are spread all around the world, it was important to have a robust system that is highly available and easily accessible. Therefore, the team used leading approaches like cloud-native solutions on AWS.

To ensure the persistence of the system, we used Cassandra – a distributed and fault-tolerant technology.

Other technologies used include: Cloud Foundry, Elasticsearch, RabbitMQ, Angular, Node.JS, HTML5, CSS3, responsive design.

Benefits and impact of the big data global data base for music

The revolutionary system created is the next level in music technology.

  • reduced time-to-production for new functionalities from 3 months to 5 days;
  • generates data that feeds over 2 million pages of PDFs each quarter;
  • can deal with a data increase of 1+ TB/year;
  • centralized data for a faster and more accurate reporting;
  • optimized data structures and modification tracking to simplify future audits;
  • decreased response time to user actions and needs;
  • operates with multi-terabyte of data in ways never seen before in the music industry.
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