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Lesson 1

Ecommerce Site Implementation

Welcome to Strategies for E-Commerce Site Implementation, a course designed to teach you the technological issues associated with constructing an e-commerce Web site.
During this course, you will examine various strategies and solutions available for building an e-commerce site so that you can select the best possible methods for your unique organizational needs. Additionally, you will examine the administration of e-commerce sites and the integration of data into your existing business infrastructure. You will work on a series of your own course projects and various e-commerce topics, that will give you a chance to put the information in this course to use in the context of actual business scenarios.

E-Commerce versus E-Business

  1. E-Commerce: The process of buying, selling, or exchanging products, services, or information over computer networks.
  2. E-Business: A broader definition of E-Commerce that includes not just the buying and selling of goods and services, but also servicing customers, collaborating with business partners, and conducting electronic transactions within an organization.
  3. The terms e-Commerce and e-Business are often used interchangeably.

Course Goals

After completing the course, you will be able to:
  1. Develop a plan for implementing your e-commerce Web site
  2. Define your product, customer, and design goals to determine end user requirements
  3. Develop a storyboard to outline your site implementation plans
  4. Assess whether outsourcing is an option for your e-commerce Web site
  5. Determine the operating system, hardware, and software requirements for your Web site
  6. Design for system security at the operating system, server, and application levels
  7. Design your Web site for secure transactions and payments
  8. Describe protocols used to secure transactions, including Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Secure Electronic Transactions (SETs)
  9. Establish secure transactions through the use of digital certificates
  10. Assess server usage, capacity, and other factors affecting the performance of a Web site
  11. Manage and analyze your site for increased operating performance
  12. Determine the requirements for Web site administration and business integration
In this course, the concepts required for planning and implementing an e-commerce Web site will be discussed.
This information is presented using various SlideShows and simulations.
In the next lesson, the prerequisites for this course will be discussed.