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Chapter 1. Introduction > Structure of the Book

Structure of the Book

This book is divided into three parts. In the first part, we analyze the business requirements for Internet commerce and identify several fundamental design issues for commerce systems in business-to-business applications, retail, and the information industry. In the second part, we describe some of the fundamental technologies used for Internet commerce. We pay special attention to Internet and Web technologies, system design, cryptography and security, payment systems, and transaction processing. Finally, in the third part, we “put it all together” into hypothetical examples that show a complete system, and conclude with an assessment of the challenges ahead.

Part One: The Business of Internet Commerce

Chapter 2 examines the commerce value chain. Part of the design of any business system is to develop a clear and accurate view of all the elements necessary for the system to be successful. An engine does not make an automobile, and an entire car is useless without roads, gas stations, and passengers. The commerce value chain helps us identify all the elements necessary for success.


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