Architectural Issues of Web-Enabled Electronic Business

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Architectural Issues of Web-Enabled Electronic Business


Nansi Shi V.K. Murthy


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Architectural Issues of Web-Enabled Electronic Business………………………………………………………………….1


Preface……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………12


Readership)…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..12


Organization………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..12


Overview)…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….13


Section I: Globalization of E-Business…………………………………………………………………………………………….19


Chapters List…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………19


Chapter 1: Issues in the Globalization of Electronic Commerce……………………………………………………….20


Abstract;………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………20


Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………20


Background………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….20


Key Issues……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………21


Language……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….21


Culture…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..25


Laws and Regulations……………………………………………………………………………………………………..26


Payment and Currency…………………………………………………………………………………………………….27


Time-Date and Units of Measure……………………………………………………………………………………..27


Logistics………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..29


Other Business Issues;……………………………………………………………………………………………………..30


Technical Issues……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………31


Architectural Solutions………………………………………………………………………………………………………….32


General Recommendations…………………………………………………………………………………………………….34


Future Trends……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….34


Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..35


References…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..35


Appendix……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..37


Chapter 2: Electronic Architectures for Bridging the Global Digital Divide: A Comparative


Assessment of E-Business Systems Designed to Reach the Global Poor…………………………………………….40


Abstract;………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………40


Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………40


Background: Rapid Emergence of the Digital Divide………………………………………………………………..41


Global Digital Divide: Patterns And Causes…………………………………………………………………………….42


Approaches to Bridging the Digital Divide………………………………………………………………………………43


Networks for Bridging the Digital Divide………………………………………………………………………………..47


United Nations Trade Point Program…………………………………………………………………………………47


LINCOS: Little Intelligent Communities…………………………………………………………………………..47


Alcatel Telemedicine and E-Government Networks…………………………………………………………..48


Johns Hopkins Global Access System……………………………………………………………………………….48


A Comparison of the Four Networks in Terms of Several Network Architecture Dimensions………..49


Scalability………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………49


Robustness, Reliability and Predictability…………………………………………………………………………..51


Affordability and Adoptability………………………………………………………………………………………….51


Security………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….51


Quality of Services………………………………………………………………………………………………………….52


Other Dimensions……………………………………………………………………………………………………………52


Future Prospects for the Digitally Excluded Populations……………………………………………………………53


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Chapter 2: Electronic Architectures for Bridging the Global Digital Divide: A Comparative


Assessment of E-Business Systems Designed to Reach the Global Poor

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