August 12th, 2008 | Published in Google Code
Back in April, the Google Enterprise team launched the Solutions Marketplace. I recently have been talking with some developers using Google Data APIs who weren't aware of the site, so I wanted to shout out on the blog and share the love.
What is the Solutions Marketplace?
The Solutions Marketplace is a site which lists products built around the Google Apps and Enterprise Search platforms and provides a place for developers to share their creations with businesses interested in purchasing them. It's also a place to list professional services -- whether you provide custom development, integration support or training. The key thing to remember is that Marketplace users are end users from businesses of all sizes, so this is a great way to reach out and find new customers.
The Solutions Marketplace is linked from the Google Apps landing page to make sure all new Apps customers and domain administrators get a chance to find the solutions you offer before investing lots of time and energy re-inventing the wheel.
What if I don't work with Apps or Enterprise Search?
If you offer products, custom development, training, integration or other help for companies interested in using Google's wide array of APIs and tools, the Solutions Marketplace may still be a good place for you to list your products and services to get some exposure. Listing is free, so review the vendor guide and then try it out and see who comes knocking at your door.
What if I'm not a developer?
Not a problem. If you're not a developer and you're reading this blog, I'd still recommend you contribute some content to the Solutions Marketplace. What kind of content, you ask? Ratings and reviews, of course. Each product or service listed in the marketplace can be reviewed by users and customers. Find those services or products you already use and rate them. If you're in the market for some new solutions, then browse around the site and read the reviews from our other users.