News production: How to avoid the pain of software updates

Slow, painful software updates and upgrades could be a thing of the past if you adopt the correct news production system, writes Stuart Almond.

Managing complex, slow and rigid updates

If you own a personal computer or laptop (and there is a very good chance that you do) you will know how painfully slow an operating system update can be.

Imagine then, if you will, being the person in charge of updating an entire software eco-system like the one found in a TV newsroom.

Updates to news production systems are often complex. It can take months to migrate all the systems and users to the new versions. Adding additional new functionality is equally slow and cumbersome. Combined, the process of updating and improving a legacy system can impact on business operations and increase downtime.

Trying out new things is equally tricky. Prototyping on a legacy news production is a huge challenge. But that is the reality for most news production systems. They are rigid and obdurate.

Flexible architectures

A far better approach to news production would be to use a system that is based on flexible architecture that allows complex upgrades or changes to be done quickly with minimal downtime (and relying on a high cost in engineering resource).

Sony’s Media Backbone Hive is such a news production system.

Media Backbone Hive: Fast, Agile and adaptable

Complex system upgrades can be done with minimal downtime. And thanks to its unique node-based infrastructure and the fact that it is cloud native, news organisations can do various things including: use its adaptable toolsets to test new platforms without the risk; benefit from rapid prototyping; enhance flexibility with an expand-or-kill strategy; add plug-ins using an app store model; quickly deploy third party and open source tools to suit their needs; build and integrate their own applications; and harness their own in-house development resources.

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