Apple Music and iTunes Match – Logical Architecture

Apple launched their Apple Music service a few years ago now, but how it works is really a bit of a mystery to most people. A combination of DRM (Digital Rights Management), iCloud Music Library, iTunes Match and ‘Family Sharing‘ make it quite a complex thing to describe.

At the heart of Apple Music is the Apple ID. It ties everything together. If you Apple ID is screwed, your iCloud Music Library will be!

The problem Apple have really been solving relates to it’s legacy offerings in iTunes, trying to introduce new things and technology without breaking what’s already been achieved – and everyone’s music collection, and at the same time keeping the Record Labels and Artists happy! That’s not an easy thing to do.

As a musician myself I’m also conscious of poor deal that Artists get from Apple, although in fairness Apple are not the ‘worst’ for this. If you really care about an Artist and want to support them it’s better to purchase a CD from them (if they have created one) or actually Purchase the Song from the iTunes Store. Artists get paid ‘per 1000 listens’ when Songs are streamed but get more if you actually Purchase an Album or Song from the iTunes Store. It’s not a lot of cash for what is often a lifetime of creativity, practice, dedication and effort. Even better, support your Artists on if they are there.

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How do you get Technology implemented in the Enterprise? Here’s one way.

In the world of Enterprise Technology it is often difficult to work out what needs to be done, and how you are going to do it. It can be useful to have a pre-defined framework to work to. Getting things done and deciding ‘how to do them’ gets increasing complex as the number of people involved increases.

There are obviously many ways to implement or build technology and buzzwords come and go (Agile etc.) but I’ve seen the method described in this diagram work.

How do you ‘get things done’?

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Salesforce Roles, Profiles and Permissions

The way Salesforce works with Permissions is somewhat confusing! A combination of Profiles, Roles, Sharing Rules, Permission Sets and Manual Sharing make it hard to understand what’s going on.

I created this diagram to help people understand how Salesforce Permissions work.

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The Large Hadron Collider at CERN

I have been doing some research and thinking about a book I’m writing on the subject of Christianity. As part of this I wanted to look at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN! (don’t ask, although it probably has something to do with the phrase ‘The God Particle’)…..

Anyhow, I was looking for a good diagram about how the LHC worked and what it did but couldn’t find one.

Now I’m not going to pretend that I know all that much about Quantum Physics or the ‘Higgs Bosun’ but I have created a diagram of the LHC!

I do have to ask though why we have spent so much time, money and effort trying to detect things that only exists ‘in theory’.

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Perceptions – The Business vs. IT

It shouldn’t really be surprising that Business People and IT ‘Geeks’ don’t often get on too well. Their mindsets are totally different.

As someone who has also worked in the music business, I can see there’s the same sort of antagonism between Musicians and ‘Band Leaders’ (Band Managers). They simply have a very different outlook on life. Musicians are artistic, creative, sensitive and are more focussed on their ‘art’ than on making it pay (or even making a living). That’s why many bands employ ‘Managers’ to take care of the ‘Business’ side of things (sometimes to their cost).

Unfortunately the same is true of IT / Technology departments within businesses. They have totally different mindsets – even though they are supposed to be ‘batting on the same side‘.

Businesses and IT Departments need to learn to bridge this ‘gap’ if they are to successfully work together.

How are you perceived within your company? (this is aimed at both IT and Business communities!!)

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Managing Change in the Enterprise

Although I created this diagram, the information in it is from another source. It shows how attempting change in an organisation can result in a number of problems, if all the elements that facilitate change are not present.

If you are going to change something big in your organisation – make sure you’ve got all these covered!

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