User Experience with Data Latency
Here is a fairly simple technique that can really enable your company to focus on the most important areas of your application; by taking the user experience to heart, and understanding which components are critical, you can more easily hit the critical SLA’s that your application needs to meet to make your users happy.
API or No API?
I am a firm believer in off loading as much server side code onto others infrastructure. Since my adoption of the cloud, I have been leveraging internet accessible disks to provide data sets to end users. By doing this, you are enabling your better up-time and scalability.