An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications
8 Further reading
There are a large number of books that have been written on e-commerce, many of which are of varying quality. I have found three useful. The first is by Kalakota and Whinstone (1997). It is an excellent introduction to both the technologies and applications involved in electronic commerce. Kalakota has also written a book on electronic commerce which avoids many of the clichés and which concentrates on unglamorous areas such as supply chain automation (Kalakota, 1999) . If you ignore the jargon and the management speak in this book, you will find it a useful introduction to the way in which computers will affect major economies in the next decade. If you are interested in the economics of e-commerce then a good treatment is a book written by Choi, Stahl and Whinstone (1997). If you wish to delve further into the underpinning technologies of distributed systems then Coulouris et al., (2001) is the best introduction and is an excellent complement to this unit. A good introduction to e-business has been written by Timmers (2000).
The e-commerce gold rush
The e-commerce boom came to an end. Companies which were funded on the basis of a good idea and nothing else came quickly to grief, and the whole area of distributed applications became tainted with the fallout. However, writing in 2002 it is clear that distributed applications are still being deployed at a fast rate and that those e-commerce companies who still survive are making quite healthy profits. Surveys of e-commerce applications and e-business applications predict a steady growth in the use of technology mainly in the e-business arena and in the development of systems for individual companies.
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