Software Pulse
June 29, 2011

Seymour DunckerAPI 2.0: Potential to Radically Reshape Value Chains for Business Development in the Cloud

API 2.0 offers rapid market entry via the cloud and enables fast ubiquity for monetizing digital assets and mobile apps.

By Mark Cheshire, 3scale

API 2.0 management and the creation of new Internet distribution channels are at the heart of today's rapidly exploding digital mashup economy. For fast-growing innovators such as PeekYou, Pingar and Mesagraph as well as enterprises such as and Skype, "opening an API" today means creating new business models that were not possible without an API. Serving as the "glue" between different software programs, APIs are gateways that allow businesses to transfer, track and monetize valuable calls to their data, (think of the potential of billions of tracked and monetized calls) while connecting with partners and expanding distribution.

While it's fairly easy for an engineer to create an API to share data or services, building the business strategy ahead of time requires strategic insight and expertise. In order to maximize the returns to your organization from the API revolution, it is essential that business leaders learn why their impact is increasing so dramatically. Rather than rely on poorly focused technology push, only well-informed executives can drive the right sense of urgency and priority to guide their API initiatives.


12 Essential KPIs

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How strong is your support renewal program? ServiceSource believes the real yardstick of renewals performance lies in a comprehensive set of key performance indicators (KPIs) that can tell a much broader story including (a) performance over time and across teams, product lines, and geographies, (b) trends and information about customers’ buying habits, and (c) key levers for driving future performance. Read more >>

SaaS Design Principle #3: Don’t Just Port

Paul Giurata

Paul Giurata of Catalyst Resources continues his series of SaaS design principles with this article, explaining how porting an existing on-premise software application to SaaS can be a recipe for disaster in this post to the blog, Voice of the Customer. Be sure to also read the prior posts on SaaS design principles #1 and #2 if you missed them.

Think Monetization Before Enforcement with Subscription Software Licensing Models

Cris Wendt

Cris Wendt of Flexera Software discusses software vendors’ reluctance toward the subscription software license model in this post to blog, Software Monetization Best Practices.

The INR-USD Exchange Rate: Will the Rupee Depreciate?

Kamesh Pemmaraju

In this article, Ashutosh Gupta and Surbhee Sirohi of EvalueServe present their research findings on the potentiality of the Rupee depreciating. The report discusses aspects including inflation, the changing landscape of investment inflows to India, India’s “crisis of confidence” due to scandals, remittances from Indians abroad, and more. Read more >>

Is Social Media ROI Achievable?

Tom Pisello

Tom Pisello of Alinean discusses the metrics used to measure the success of marketing through social media in this post to the blog, Best Practices: Software Marketing.


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M&A Deals: Oracle to Acquire Web Management Company FatWire (PCWorld).

Executive Moves: New executives announced at Egenera, Extreme Networks, Navicure and other software companies.

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