Platforms an eBusiness Can Implement
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If you are about to start any eBusiness, there are a lot of considerations you must make. One is choosing the right operating platforms for hosting and software solutions. In this article, Jagadish Chatarji runs through all the popular platforms and provides some commentary on picking the right one.
Introduction to Technical Buzz
E-commerce is a term that describes the ever growing and expanding online economy. Since the internet began, thousands upon thousands of new companies have come into existence and are trading goods and services electronically. The e-commerce business may sell products direct to customers or to other businesses involved in e-commerce.
The process of doing business electronically can be considered eBusiness. While "electronic commerce" is a relatively narrow term that describes the world of B2B transactions, the term "eBusiness" usually refers to a broader scope of electronically-enabled activities, including B2C and B2P activities.
What is all this 'x2x' (B2B, B2C, etc.) about? Let's look at this very briefly. B2B stands for Business-to-Business, or a business that sells products or services to other businesses. B2C stands for Business-to-Consumer, or a business that sells products or provides servers directly to individual consumers. B2C transactions exclude any resellers and are between only the company and the consumer. B2P stands for Business-to-Partner. In simple words, it is a business that transacts or provides services to its own established partners. B2M or M2B stands for Business-to-Machine. This is a business that provides services to other machines (ex: Google Web Services). M2M stands for Machine-to-Machine. M2M is the exchange of information (Enterprise Integration) between two unknown services together communicating based on discovery or identification (ex: UDDI)
In this article, I discuss more about implementing eBusiness architecture, as it combines several of the most complex scenarios. Since you now have an idea on some of the buzz words, let us now discuss, which architecture (or platform) to adopt in what scenario. It can be very difficult to make a decision on implementing the respective platform which suits our business needs, with the resources needed.
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