Summary of e-Enterprise

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It’s tough to pick up a magazine or turn on the television these days without someone telling you that you must turn your company into an e-company in order to survive. But once you get past these exhortations to “embrace change,” it’s surprisingly hard to find any practical advice on how to integrate e-commerce into your company’s business plan. Therein lies the value of Faisal Hoque’s e-Enterprise, which disposes of generalities and plunges headlong into an explanation of online business models, applications, architecture and tools. Hoque’s exhaustive blueprint will help executives and managers bite the techie bullet with its encyclopedic guide to the the building blocks of the e-Enterprise.

About the Author

Faisal Hoque has worked on Net commerce initiatives with GE Capital, Dun and Bradstreet, Pitney Bowes, General Electric, MasterCard, American Express, Transamerica, Chase, and CompUSA. He founded three companies: KnowledgeBase, a transaction-processing software company; EC Cubed, an e-commerce application components company, and enamics, an e-Enterprise modeling company.



Net commerce is any kind of commercial activity undertaken over the Internet.

This sector has developed at a fever pitch since the early days of electronic brochure hosting. The first two stages of Net commerce have generated an unprecedented range of new business models and applications, along with a substantial amount of publicity and hype.

  1. E-commerce – The first stage of Net commerce involved the development of business-to-consumer services. Several E-commerce business models proliferated, each giving rise to attendant application models. E-tailing and consumer portals, for instance, necessitated online-catalog, shopping-cart, advertising, and personalization applications. Similarly, the consumer bidding and auctioning model relied upon public bid-board, account-management, and notification applications, and the electronic bill payment model fueled not only consumer payment processing but also analysis and reporting applications.
  2. E-business – The second stage of Net commerce brought about business and application models geared to the needs of the business-to-business marketplace. For...

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