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Electronic Commerce Hardware and Software 
Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be a minimum of 300 words in length, and you should respond to two additional posts from your peers.
Using the Web or other resources, find an article that describes a successful Web service(s) software and the hardware necessary to support this application. Describe how the company implemented Web service(s) software and hardware and explain why using this combination of software and hardware is better than using an alternative approach to solve the problem.

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Schneider, G. P. (2015). Electronic Commerce (11th ed.).
Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.
Boston, MA. ISBN: 9781285742298
BUS615 Ecommerce

There are many types of computer platforms around the world connected to the Internet. What makes these connections possible is “ . . . platform neutrality . . .” (Schneider, 2015). 

Figure 8-1, Schneider, 2015 illustrates the nature of the Internet and platform neutrality. The basic functionality of the Internet is based on the client-server architecture where HTTP protocol provides for exchanges between client and server by use of the TCP/IP Internet protocol.

The exchange between a web client and a single web server is a termed a two-tier network. Exchanges between a web client and two or more web servers are known as a three-tire network and are common when linking web users to databases to provide additional information such as a catalog.

Figure 8-2 and figure 8-3 of Schneider, 2015 provides illustrations of the two and three tier web client and web server exchange processes.

Chapter 8
Web Server Hardware and Software

A majority of Internet software is provided from Apache [HTTP] web server and Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) (Schneider, 2015).

Email makes up a large percentage web usage and spam “(unsolicited commercial e-mail or bulk mail Electronic junk mail” Schneider, 2015) has become a burden to corporations as many resources are used to deter, detect and eradicate viruses that may accompany the spam.

Schneider, 2015 figure 8-5 illustrates the increase over the years of spam as a percentage of companies emails.

Chapter 8
Web Server Hardware and Software

Like Internet service providers, Ecommerce has Internet providers that cater to the needs of Ecommerce. Commerce Service Providers (CSPs), Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Application Service Providers (ASPs) provide internet hosting services that are not limited to internet access but also provide, in addition to Internet access, services that support Ecommerce.

Basic functions of Ecommerce software include, Catalogs, Shopping carts, Web services, Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) Integration, and Supply chain management. Schneider, 2015).

Small and mid-size companies use service providers rather than building an expensive Internet hosting network of their own. “Mall-style commerce service provides (CSPs) provide small business with a Internet connection,

Web site creation tools and little or no banner advertising clutter” Schneider, 2015. The advantage to using these CSPs is the relatively low cost to establish an Ecommerce presence on the inter net. Figure 9-8 of Schneider, 2015 provides a summary of estimated cost for establishing a small store online.

Chapter 9
Ecommerce Software

Mid to large companies have the resources to invest in Internet development tools and Ecommerce software that connects to database systems for catalogs that can be easily maintained when products or services change or are updated.

Some of the software systems available are Intershop Enfinity, IBM WebSpere Commerce Professional and Microsoft Commerce server (Schneider, 2015).

Large Business that have an existing information system infrastructure can benefit from Enterprise-class Ecommerce software.

Enterprise-class Ecommerce software includes features for linking supply and purchasing functions along with B2B activities (Schneider, 2015). Figure 9-9 of Schneider, 2015 illustrates a typical enterprise-class Ecommerce system.

Chapter 9
Ecommerce Software

Ch 8: Web Server Hardware and Software

Ch 9: Electronic Commerce Software