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  1. E-Commerce: The Second Wave Fifth Annual Edition Chapter 9: Electronic Commerce Software

  2. Objectives In this chapter, you will learn about: • Finding and evaluating Web hosting services • Basic functions of electronic commerce software E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  3. Web Hosting Alternatives • Self-hosting • Running servers in-house • Commerce service providers (CSPs) • Provide Internet access to companies and individuals • Offer • Web hosting services • Web server management and the renting of application software E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  4. Web Hosting Alternatives (Continued) • Shared hosting • Client’s Web site is on a server that hosts other Web sites simultaneously • Dedicated hosting • Service provider makes a Web server available to client E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  5. The List Web Host Directory E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  6. Basic Functions of Electronic Commerce • All electronic commerce solutions must provide • A catalog display • Shopping cart capabilities • Transaction processing E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  7. Basic Functions of Electronic Commerce (Continued) • Additional software components • Middleware • Application integration • Web services • Integration with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software • Supply chain management (SCM) software E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  8. Catalog Display • Catalog • Listing of goods and services • Static catalog • Simple list written in HTML that appears on a Web page • Dynamic catalog • Stores information about items in a database E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  9. SmallElectronic Commerce Site E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  10. Shopping Cart • Problems with forms-based shopping • Shoppers had to write down product information before going to order form • Customers sometimes forgot whether they had clicked the submit button • Confusing and error prone E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  11. Shopping Cart (Continued) • Forms-based method of ordering • Has given way to electronic shopping carts • Shopping cart • Keeps track of items customer has selected • Allows customers to view contents of their carts, add new items, or remove items E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  12. Typical Shopping Basket Page E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  13. Transaction Processing • Occurs when shopper proceeds to virtual checkout counter by clicking a checkout button • Calculation complications • Computing taxes and shipping costs • Provisions for coupons, special promotions, and time-sensitive offers E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  14. Web Services • Combination of software tools that let application software in one organization communicate with other applications over network • Companies are using Web services • To offer improved customer service and reduce costs E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  15. Electronic Commerce Software for Small and Midsize Companies • CSPs • Offer free or low-cost electronic commerce software for building electronic commerce sites E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  16. Interland Web Hosting Services Home Page E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  17. Yahoo! Store • Serves as the business Web host for • Kennedy Space Center Space Shop • The Sharper Image • PalmPilotGear • Merchants • Can create, change, and maintain their Yahoo! storefronts through a Web browser E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition

  18. Bigstep • Received many industry awards for its CSP offering • Provides series of four different storefront packages • Others: • MonsterCommerce • ShopFactory • http://www.shopsite.com/ • Nexternal • Bazaar E-Commerce: The Second Wave, Fifth Annual Edition