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What is e-commerce? This free course, An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications, will look at typical application areas including the internet, supply chain management and online auctions. It will also help you to understand the underlying technologies used to implement e-commerce applications before looking at some of the problems that can be encountered when developing distributed e-commerce systems.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- detail what is meant by the term ‘e-commerce’
- examine some typical distributed applications
- detail some of the problems that are encountered when developing distributed applications
- describe briefly some of the technologies that are used to support distributed applications
- show how some of the technologies detailed in the course are used in concert to realise a typical commercial system.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1.E-commerce and distributed systems
- 2 E-commerce applications
- 3 The facilities of the internet used to support e-commerce and e-business systems
- 4 Issues and problems affecting internet, e-commerce and e-business development
- 6 A distributed system
- 7 Internet business models
- 7.1 What is a business model?
- 7.2 Business models
- 7.2.1 E-shop
- 7.2.2 E-auction
- 7.2.3 E-procurement
- 7.2.4 E-mall
- 7.2.5 Virtual communities
- 7.2.6 Third party marketplaces
- 7.2.7 Information brokerage
- 7.2.8 Trust brokerage
- 7.2.7 Collaboration platforms
- 7.2.10 Portals
- 7.2.11 Dynamic pricing
- 7.2.10 B2B exchanges
- 7.2.13 Online trading
- 7.2.15 E-learning
- 7.2.16 Free products and services
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An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications
This course examines the type of system which is described by the umbrella term ‘e-commerce’. A number of typical application areas are examined including retailing using the internet, supply chain management and online auctions. The course also looks at some of the underlying technologies used to implement e-commerce applications, for example web technology. The final part of the course looks at some of the problems which are encountered when developing distributed e-commerce systems, for example problems in ensuring that a system is kept secure from criminal activity. It concludes with an examination of a typical retailing system, how some of the technologies fit together and business models used in the internet.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Information and Communication Technologies courses or view the range of currently available OU Information and Communication Technologies courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 15th July 2011
Last updated on: Monday, 22nd February 2016
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