Fast forward to the year 2015
By 1995, information technology looked like a vast ocean of unconnected applications.
Some applications used mainframe/dumb-client architectures
Some applications operated exclusively on PCs
Some applications used client/server designs
Despite three decades of increasing sophistication in computing architectures, most communities of users might as well have been on different planets.
During this time, computer systems typically operated only within their owners's secure boundaries.
In addition, organizations realized that they could create Web-based applications that reached beyond the boundaries of their
organization. Organizations began to use the Web to communicate and conduct transactions electronically with:
The focus of this course
- Consumer customers (Business to Consumer (B2C): Commerce is conducted between a consumer, such as a home user on a PC, and a business. business to consumer or B2C)
- Business customers and suppliers( Business to business (B2B): An online relationship where one business sells goods or services to another business.
For example, the United States Postal Service sells its delivery services to Amazon.com. Thus, the back end ordering system of Amazon.com is connected to the United States Postal Service.
The tools and technologies of today's e-Commerce world are the subjects of this course.