API Business Models – How to choose the right one for you?

April 15th, 2011 |

Business Strategy to drive the API

Many companies are embarking on initiatives to open their API. However, most API initiatives still do not fully harness the real potential that an API brings. Sometimes this is due to organizational reasons – such as being run as a side project in the engineering team. Often though, it is because of the lack of a rigorous process to ensure that all the creative options are investigated on how to adapt the business model. It is like getting into a car and just following the road ahead; instead of checking a map to see where you want to go and which the best route to take is.

The objective of this article is to define a structured approach to identify which business model will ensure that your API makes the most effective contribution to your business. Before we get to the meat of the business model options, the first step is to decide which your core assets are, and how you wa…

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API Monetization: how to set up tiered API policies & pricing with 3scale

August 17th, 2010 |

One of the most common things you want to do when opening up your API is set access policies for users to ensure everybody gets fair use and system resources aren’t threatened with overuse. Often it also makes sense to apply different policies to different groups of users – basic access for some, more liberal policies for others.

This post now has it’s own set of how-to’s on the 3scale support portal. Check them out here:

Also check out the Hello World API Quickstart Guide.

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