E-commerce, its technology, and implementation
A Project Presented to the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2001, Bin Shu.
Electronic commerce refers to business activities involving consumers, manufacturers, service provider, and intermediaries using computer networks such as the Internet. The goals of e-commerce are to reduce product and service cost and improved customer response time and quality. Hence implementing initiatives in electronic commerce has emerged as a significant business strategy in the Information Age. Technological developments made possible by the convergence of the telecommunication and computing industries have opened the door to a world of new and exciting application that are changing the way business is conducted. A large number of businesses of all sizes have either begun to implement e-commerce strategies and initiatives, or have plans to do so in the immediate future. Electronic commerce is a multidisciplinary field that includes technical areas such as networking security, and storage and retrieval of multimedia; business areas such as marketing, procurement and purchasing, billing and payment, and supply chain management; and legal aspects such as information privacy, intellectual property, taxation, contractual and legal settlements. This project contains a concise discussion of current research and future challenge of the electronic commerce, a comparison of current e-commerce technology, and an implementation of web business using Java programming.