When one of the largest, most successful retailers on the planet makes a move, you can definitely consider it a confirmation of a trend.
Last week, the WSJ reported that Wal-Mart is opening smaller-format stores in new urban locations. Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke stated in their annual report that their growth will be driven by “innovated new formats”, which includes the smaller stores and stores with drive-throughs for picking up internet purchases.
Essentially, Wal-Mart is going to where their customers are…. taking their brands to different chnnels where customers spend their time, to be there...
Today @sramji was invited to speak on API business models and strategy at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. Thanks to our customers and many others for these API best practices and ideas.
In my last post I wrote about how the book digitizing effort is trying to monetize underutilized books online.
For anyone contemplating exposing data or capabilities via APIs to create new revenue streams, there are some important implementation lessons that can be learned.
In Norway’s Bookshelf project, their free online books can only be read online and only in Norway, and cannot be downloaded or printed out. Similarly, with APIs you need to have a way to control who can access your data and from where. API...
Recently, during one of our our RAW (Rapid API Workshops) with a retail customer, a great question came up - what are the major differences between a content and transactional API?
Probably not a complete list, but in general:
Content APIs are more likely to be open, without sensitive information. Think of a search, media, or mapping API. While the provider might want to track identity through API keys, these APIs often need no authentication, authorization, or encryption. Search results may be highly cachable, which might be helpful to support high concurrency for bursts of demand for popular content. ...
Book digitizing made the news last week, as Google announced a deal to digitize up to a million books from Italian libraries. Despite some author and publisher resistance, similar efforts are proceeding in Europe, including Norway’s Bookshelf project and Europeana.
What is the motivation for digitizing vast libraries of books?
Yngve Slettholm of Kopinor summarizes it well, “The vast majority of books are out of print and can be considered commercially dead.” “This creates an extra source of revenue for older books.”
"Open and Free" are often used interchangeably when talking about APIs. But if you look at in terms of the "API Economy" - open and free API are orthogonal.
'Freedom' in the cloud is more typically discussed as your rights to move data from one service to another. Application portability has also been raised as important but current application models are both early in their maturity curve and vary greatly.
Open and free are both crucial attributes in order for a market economy to grow. There are many aspects of cloud...