Payments, Software, Technology – February 24, 2010

  • Branden R. Williams, Business Security Specialist » blogSubscriptions Deal with Transactions Times Twelve
    February 24, 2010 – I’ve always considered the importance of offering multi-service acceptance solutions to meet customer demand and increase conversion at cart, or physical location…i.e. offering payment tenders that your customer demands.

    It is an interesting thought exercise to consider multi-service offering as a method of decrease PCI scope…

  • Payments Views from Glenbrook PartnersNFC vs. Not-NFC, or “Why Put Card Data on the Phone?” A look at Mocapay
    February 24, 2010 – In my comments on the Briefing Room “Mobile Platform Wars” I mentioned a phone-based gift card system I have used to purchase coffee as of late. (

    This post on Payments Views discusses Mocapay in a bit greater detail.

  • CloudAveSaaS Implementation. A Case Study and a Call for a Deeper Needs Analysis…
    February 24, 2010 – SaaS implementation case studies are always intriguing…but this quote cannot be ignored:

    “Of course this points to a real need for a robust needs analysis prior to implementation but we always new that was the case. SaaS hasn’t changed that requirement (other than arguably making changes easier on the fly).”

  • Payments News – from Glenbrook PartnersPayments Friction
    February 24, 2010 – I actually enjoy graphical depictions of payments workflows…
  • Marketing Tea Party by Ron ShevlinCollaboration Is So Overrated
    February 24, 2010 – A recommendation for the folk with whom I argue/discuss/debate collaboration.

    Read this…be annoyed…rail about the importance of collaboration…pause…breathe deeply…recognize the validity of what is being said…experience a minor existential crisis…get over it…read this again…

    and then, get things done. Whether they are collaborative or not.

  • CloudAveGoogle Gears Gone
    February 24, 2010 – I’d still love any recommendations on supporting offline reading via google reader now that there will not be a Gears release for Snow Leopard…I’ve downloaded the forked version of Gears that removes the compatibility check for use in a Fluid SSB…but it seems only intermittent in functionality.
  • Signal vs. NoiseThe cost of being everything to everyone
    February 24, 2010 – An interesting perspective on specialization that ties well to the theme I’ve been exploring of Software Companies and their emphasis on workflows that are targeted to specific business pain:

    “But, like most independent or small developers, I have neither the resources nor the desire to be everything to everyone, and I don’t like the experience of using most products that were designed in that way. Being everything to everyone incurs huge costs in complexity, reliability, and efficiency that I can’t afford, that I can’t tolerate in products I use, and that can’t result in a product I can be proud of.”

February 24, 2010

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