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Rushing to Cloud Marketplaces is not a strategy

For software vendors, it is not just about getting on the catalog but also about building a product that maximizes the massive channel these cloud marketplaces open up Cloud Marketplaces from mega cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, and Google GCP are in now, AWS Marketplace alone has 7500+ listings and over a million subscribers. Cloud is fundamentally transforming the supply chain of software and services. For any independent software vendor (ISV) today it is hard to ignore the havoc these cloud platforms are causing to their established way of building, marketing, and selling software.

Android Business Model getting clearer - The 3 options

Google is finally giving more clarity on the business models for device vendors and service providers. The NY Times article mention three options - The obligation-free option: Free Android, load onto their devices, and provide access to as many or as few apps as they want. No preload popular Google applications, like Gmail or Google calendar. The small strings attached option: Same as Option 1, except that manufacturers sign a distribution agreement to include on the phone Google applications.

Apple: The Great Leadeship - 'The change from within'

Today there is an excellent post by Geoffrey Helt at Minnyvale on how Steve transformed Apple. I have summarized it below - The fundamental challenge facing the leadership team at Apple is not about strategy but rather capacity. The question that stands in the way of its heroic future is: How do we redesign the organization of our business to deliver on the following interconnected fronts? Doubling the number of Apple stores to facilitate broader adoption.