List e-Commerce baseline technology categories.
What are e-Commerce baseline technologies? The incredible demand for e-Commerce solutions has spawned
hundreds of new products that specifically provide functions for e-Commerce solutions. Nevertheless, none of these products come
close to addressing all of the requirements of an e-Commerce solution. In fact, many of the technical elements found in e-Commerce solutions predate the explosion of the Web in the late 1990s. Thus,
e-Commerce-specific products are built on top of or in concert with these older building-block technologies in a
complete e-Commerce solution. We refer to these older building blocks as baseline e-Commerce technologies.
Baseline ecommerce Technology Categories
Baseline e-Commerce technologies consist of various hardware, network, and software elements. These elements form the primary architectural infrastructure and provide customization and management tools for e-Commerce solutions. We will be covering five
categories of baseline e-Commerce enabling technologies in this module.
Hardware includes the physical computing resources that provide the execution engine for software and networks.
Auxiliary devices for information display (like monitors and printers)
Information capture devices (like scanners and swipe machines)
The focus of this module will be client hardware (PCs, handheld devices) and server hardware typically
involved in e-Commerce applications.
Operating Systems (OS)
Operating systems (OS) provide the basic execution and management environment for the execution of applications software.
They are typically associated with a limited set of hardware. In other words, most OSes are only designed to run on certain
hardware devices. Specifically, an operating system take semiconductor-based instruction sets and make the instructions available for higher-level programming. They also provide the execution environment for higher-level programs. In some cases, particularly in the case of client
hardware, the OS provides the user interface (UI). In the case of most e-Commerce solutions, however, the Web browser handles the user interface instead of the operating system.
User Interface (UI): The human-machine interface used by people to actually invoke commands on the computer.