Twin peaks of economic and technical service networks: SENA Case Study

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Description

SENA is an intellectual property right (IPR) society in The Netherlands. SENA collects/clears money from right users (e.g. radio stations playing a music track, or bars/discotheques playing). In turn, SENA pays money to right owners (e.g. artists and producers) if their content (usually music) is played by a right user. Although the focus of SENA is on The Netherlands, SENA also operates internationally. For instance, for British repertoire played in the Netherlands, money is collected and paid to the British right society. The same happens the other way around. Moreover, SENA collects money for a few international right owners. Clearing IPR material as well as paying money to right owners requires complex information technology. Moreover, information technology is used to obtain usage statistics of played content, and to exchange information with sister IPR societies. The landscape of IPR clearing and repartitioning (paying to right owners) is subject to change. One development is to pay for the actual use of IPR content. Another development is that societies can also clear for right owners of other countries. The goal of this assignment is to understand how IT changes if the IPR business landscape changes. To this end, we take two perspectives on rights clearing, namely the business value perspective (cf. e3value) and the IT service perspective (cf. SoaML). For a number of business change scenarios, the corresponding business value perspective and IT service perspective is developed, such that the business value model corresponds to the SoaML model and vice versa. To this end, the student should:

  • Become familiar with SENA’s business, preferably by an internalship with SENA;
  • Understand e3value and SoaML;
  • Understand how e3value and SoaML relate to each other;
  • Elicit a number of business change scenarios with SENA;
  • Develop a number of architectural viewpoints (consisting of e3value and SoaML models) for alternative business change scenarios;
  • Evaluate, based on the scenarios if the IT architecture is sufficiently flexible to support to business change scenarios.

The focus of this MSc. project is on the development on an in-depth case study. Anticipated results:


An in-depth case study about e3value and SoaML;

  • How to relate e3value and SoaML;
  • How to use e3value and SoaML to architecture level reasoning, e.g. about trade-offs.