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Internet Computing and e-Business

[University of California at Berkeley]


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- e-Business vs. e-Commerce

e-Business (Electronic Business) is a term which can be used for any kind of business or commercial transaction that includes sharing information across the internet. Commerce constitutes the exchange of products and services between businesses, groups and individuals and can be seen as one of the essential activities of any business. Electronic commerce focuses on the use of ICT to enable the external activities and relationships of the business with individuals, groups and other businesses or e-Business refers to business with help of internet i.e. doing business with the help of Internet network.

What is the difference between e-Business and e-Commerce? e-Business accounts for all business processes conducted online, while e-Commerce is restricted to buying and selling. e-Commerce is a narrower discipline. It is a subset of e-Business. After all, they both involve business processes conducted electronically on the Internet.


- Internet Computing

Internet computing is the foundation on which e-Business runs. It is the only architecture that can run all facets of business, from supplier collaboration and merchandise purchasing, to distribution and store operations, to customer sales and service, etc.. Internet computing is the only architecture that supports all information flows and processes over the Internet - providing access to all applications. With Internet computing, all a user needs is a standard Web browser and security clearance.  

The Internet computing model represents a fundamental shift from the traditional client/server enterprise application model. The new environment is one in which economic gains are a result of systems efficiencies and collaboration across the extended network of customers, retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers.  

There are three tiers in true Internet computing. These three tiers provide the benefit of centralized data that supports a unified view of the retailer's financial, human resources, inventory, logistics, trading partner, and customer information. The business logic at the next layer accesses and transacts the data. The user interface is a simple, non-proprietary Web browser. No complexity resides on the users' device, which can be anything from a PC to a mobile phone, or even a uniquely purposed mobile unit.


- E-Commerce Business Models

E-commerce business models can generally be categorized into the following categories.


  • Business - to - Business (B2B)
  • Business - to - Consumer (B2C)
  • Consumer - to - Consumer (C2C)
  • Consumer - to - Business (C2B)
  • Business - to - Government (B2G)
  • Government - to - Business (G2B)
  • Government - to - Citizen (G2C)


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