thriving in the downturn

i saved over a thousand franks annually by switching my insurance company. my new one has a philosophy of saving money wherever possible and fighting against the explosion of cost in health care. i like their stance very much, such as: “use generics whenever possible”, “pay annually to save recurring costs” etc. as people get more aware of the wasteful way of doing business of many companies, companies that save money for their customers will thrive. clueless companies like viseca that insist on spamming me with unwanted “customer magazines” in a helpless effort to build a brand (how 90s is that?) will get emails from me like this one:

ich moechte sie bitten, mir ihr “kundenmagazin” nicht mehr zuzustellen.

sie werfen mit diesem magazin mein geld zum
fenster hinaus.

ihre aufgabe als firma ist es, meine transaktionen
so kostenkuenstig wie moeglich durchzufuehren, und
mir dies via internet seite anzuzeigen. jegliche
andere korrespondenz ist nicht von interesse, besonders nicht im bemuehen einen “brand” aufzubauen.

Metering and accounting for Web services

ibm makes a distinction between free web services with no service level agreements, and web services for business transactions. they envision a wide variety of business models for this, including

  • The pay-per-click/fee-for-use model
  • The subscription model
  • The lease model

their resource counter can create a wealth of information and output it in a new xml format for usage records developed by ipdr.org

obviously this needs to be integrated with uddi, and open api’s need to be developed so that this can be seamlessly integrated with the overall architecture. i hope it does not mean a worldwide roll out of a pki infrastructure, though. that would suck given the pki adoption track record..their paper is at developerworks.