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1 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition Chapter 8: The Web-Enabled Enterprise

2 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition2 Objectives Describe how the Web and high-speed Internet connections are changing business operations Explain the functionality of various Web technologies Compare and contrast options for Web servers Explain basic business-to-business and business-to-consumer practices on the Web Explain the relationship between Web technologies and supply chain management

3 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition3 Objectives (continued) Give examples of features and services that successful business Web sites offer Learn about online annoyances such as spam and adware, and how to protect against online identity theft

4 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition4 Web Business: Growing and Changing DLA Piper LLP is the second largest law firm in the world –3200 lawyers in 24 countries and 63 offices around the world –Uses eRoom, a Web-based collaboration and document-sharing tool from EMC Corp. –Saves 15,000 labor hours annually, uses and mails significantly fewer paper documents, and reduces redundant work

5 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition5 Web Technologies: A Review Several standards and technologies enable the Web to deliver rich information, including: –HTTP, HTML, XML –File Transfer –RSS –Blogs –Wikis –Podcasting –IM –Cookies

6 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition6 HTTP Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP): transfer and download Web information HTTPS: HTTP secure for confidential data exchange Uniform Resource Locator (URL): unique address given to each Web site –IP address: a special numeric address Domain name: unique name for a Web site, constructed with letters –URL also refers to the domain name

7 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition7 HTML and XML Hypertext Markup Language (HTML): helps developer create Web pages –Determines look and location of content Extensible Markup Language (XML): enables creation of various data types –Conveys the meaning or content of the data XHTML: combination of XML and HTML –Uses opening and closing tags to control format

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9 9 File Transfer File Transfer Protocol (FTP): used to transmit whole files –Used in all downloads from Web sites –Any type of file can be transferred –Can place files on a server for shared use –Often used to deliver purchased software products on Web sites

10 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition10 RSS Really Simple Syndication (RSS): family of XML file formats that allow automatic downloads of content on a subscription basis –Helps users check for updates –Communicates short descriptions of content –Allows transmittal of new information –Useful on news Web sites –Also called Rich Site Summary

11 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition11 Blogs Blog: contraction of “Web log” –Invites surfers to post opinions and art –Focuses on a topic or set of topics –Trackback: a tool that notifies bloggers when their posts have been mentioned elsewhere on the Web Blogs are often used by businesses Importance of blogs to commercial organizations is to find out what blog participants think and say about the organization

12 Wikis Wiki (from Hawaiian, meaning “quick”): Web application that enables users to add to and edit the contents of Web pages –All the software required to edit the Web pages is embedded in the pages themselves Wikipedia: a popular online encyclopedia Wiki technology is a popular ingredient in groupware (software used for collaboration) Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition12

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14 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition14 Podcasting Podcast: publishing sound and video on the Web for download –Usually on a subscription basis Uses include: –“Time-shifted” broadcast of radio station programs for later listening –Audio tours in museums –Lectures in distance learning courses –Garageband.com Allows aspiring musicians to post music tracks

15 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition15 Activity on Twitter and Blogging Create a Twitter account if you have one. Follow our own CIS Account CIS-COM or find CISCOM96941 Follow two people/organization that has to do with technologies Follow 1 celebrity that you like Follow 1 person/organization that has to with Micronesia Tweet something about yourself Response/Reply to my tweet for today. Read some article in one of the account about technology that you have followed. Tweet something about it. Retweet any tweet that you like to re-tweet Post your experience at (a Google accountwww.blogger.com is more preferable to login here). Make sure that you put your name on your blog. Send your blog link to with the My Blog – Your name follows

16 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition16 Instant Messaging Instant messaging (IM): real-time chat –Form of synchronized –Chat room: communicate with a group –Free applications for IM include: AIM: AOL instant Messenger Yahoo Messenger MSN Messenger ICQ Trillian –Business uses Customers can chat with sales or support reps

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18 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition18 Cookies Cookie: small file that stores information about a Web site visitor, stored on the visitor’s computer –Usually records the surfer’s ID –Often stores the surfer’s preferences –Provides convenience to consumers –Can be temporary (single session) or permanent –Potential for intrusion into surfer privacy Clickstream tracking: tracks a surfer’s clicking activities Spyware: traces and reports online behavior

19 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition19 Proprietary Technologies Proprietary technology: intellectual property of developer, not free for all to use Examples: –Local search engine –Shopping cart applications –Wish lists –Video streaming tools –Tools to analyze and predict Web visitor behavior, especially shopper behavior

20 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition20 Exercise No. 12

21 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition21 Web-Enabled Business Web-enabled business are classified according to the interacting parties: –Business-to-business (B2B) –Business-to-consumer (B2C) –Government-to-business –Government-to-consumer

22 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition22 B2B Trading Business-to-business (B2B): trading between businesses only B2B forms include advertising through: –Search advertising: advertisements placed on a search site result page –Banners: images placed on Web sites that link to a company site selling a product or service Impression: occurs when a page with a banner is downloaded Reach percentage: the percentage of Web users who visited a site in the past month

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24 B2B Trading (continued) Exchanges and auctions act as online marketplaces Intranet: network used only by employees of an organization Extranet: network shared by employees of different organizations, usually business partners Exchange: extranet for organizations that deal in products and services of a particular type –Exchange operator profits from transaction fees Auction: sells a great variety of items Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition24

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26 B2B Trading (continued) Online business alliances: collaboration between businesses in establishing a Web site –Site operator works for the allied companies –Suppliers are invited to sell through the site and compete among themselves, driving prices down Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition26

27 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition27 B2C Trading Business-to-consumer (B2C): trading with the general public E-Tailing: online retailing to consumers Fulfillment activities: picking, packing, shipping Consumer profiling: know customers better by gathering information about their online activities –Some consider this a violation of privacy Conversion rate: the proportion of site visitors who make a purchase

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30 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition30 B2C Trading (continued) Auction sites serve as a hub for consumers to buy and sell Reverse auction: customers name their own price for desired goods and services Content providers: offer information, artistic work, classified ads, and video Electronic bill presentment and payment (EBBP): provides online bills and payment options for customers Phishing: type of fraud involving a fake Web site

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33 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition33 Detecting Fraud Go to Click the Staying Safe Online Do Practice Lap first Then do the Actual Race Make a blog of what you learn on how to do detect Fraudulent websites online Post your blog link on the my Twitter account under the header “Post your Detecting Fraud Online blog here”

34 B2C Trading (continued) Extra-organizational workforce: –Companies purchase labor from a larger pool Mobile commerce, or M-commerce: –Business conducted on mobile devices Many experts believe that information delivery is the main mobile application, not commerce –Exceptions are Japan and South Korea –Japan’s DoCoMo’s i-mode service allows users of smart cell phones to purchase canned soda from vending machines, fast food Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition34

35 B2C Trading (continued) M-commerce also raises privacy concerns –GPS provides location tracking New top-level domain names with.mobi available for mobile applications –Sites should use special technologies to optimize content for easy viewing on mobile devices Virtual world: a combination of images, video, sound, and avatars that resemble the real world –Accessible for interaction by subscribers Avatar: 3D graphical character that represents a user in a virtual world Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition35

36 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition36 Supply Chains on the Web Supply chain management (SCM) systems may be connected to the Web to allow suppliers to participate directly –Use of XML allows companies to set standards for data exchange Electronic Data Interchange (EDI): a system used prior to the Web to exchange documents electronically –Set standards for data formats –EDI networks are owned and managed by value- added network (VAN) companies

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38 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition38 Options in Establishing a Web Site Web site: Web pages that make up information and links Internet server: a computer connected to the Internet backbone Businesses have two choices for a Web site: –Installing and maintaining their own Web servers –Contracting with a Web hosting service

39 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition39 Owning and Maintaining a Server Owning and maintaining Web servers is costly –Provides the greatest degree of control, but requires expertise to set up and maintain –Must obtain a high-speed link to the Web Load balancing: transfer data requests from a busy server to a less busy server Mirror servers: servers with duplicated content Pure-play: company whose entire business is online Brick-and-mortar: company that owns physical stores and a Web site

40 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition40 Using a Hosting Service Web hosting: Web server managing service Several types of Web hosting: –Shared hosting: stores the client’s Web site on the same physical server as other clients –Virtual private hosting: simulates a single server, allowing a client to have its own domain name –Dedicated hosting: client has exclusive use of an entire physical Web server –Co-location: server owned and managed by a client is co-located with other clients’ servers in a secure physical location

41 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition41 Considerations in Selecting a Web Host Compare host vendors using a point system Dynamic Web pages: enable communication between browser and database Factors to consider when selecting Web host: –Allows use of database management system –Storage space capacity –Technical and Web site design support –Scalability –Security: physical and virtual

42 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition42 Considerations in Selecting a Web Host (continued) Factors to consider when selecting Web host (continued): –Availability: minimize downtime –Costs, including: Setup fees Traffic-based fees Monthly fees

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44 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition44 More Than Meets the Eye Several elements are essential to conducting business on the Web: –Inquiry interface: connects to database to allow user to search a catalog of products or services –Order processing application, including: Credit-card verification application –Order-fulfillment system: picks, packs, and ships

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46 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition46 Rules for Successful Web-Based Business Business success depends on availability and use of software Elements needed to support B2C commerce: –Targeting customers –Capturing the customer’s complete experience –Personalizing the service –Shortening the business cycle –Let customers help themselves –Be proactive and de-commoditize

47 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition47 Target the Right Customers Target customers needing your products and services –Most important effort of marketing Involves identifying the sites that your audience frequently visits Consider blogs and podcasting sites for advertisement placement

48 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition48 Capture the Customer’s Total Experience Use cookies to record shopper’s movements within the site Use CRM software to create consumer profiles Shopper experience becomes an asset of business, allowing: –Fine-tuning of the product portfolio –Tailoring of Web pages to individual customers –Individual s to shopper offering products of interest

49 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition49 Personalize the Service CRM software and Web page customization software can be combined to: –Personalize Web pages shown to a customer –Allow the customer to select the type of content desired –Respect visitor privacy by offering opt-in rather than opt-out –Allow the customer to tailor products to be purchased

50 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition50 Shorten the Business Cycle Business on the Web saves time for customers Fulfillment is a major challenge for businesses –Activities after customer places order Fast shipping is desired because: –It produces higher customer satisfaction –Business collects payments faster Can outsource the entire fulfillment task to fulfillment organizations such as: –UPS’s e-Logistics –FedEx’s Supply Chain Services

51 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition51 Let Customers Help Themselves Customers need information from organization: –Status of order –Status of shipped item –Installation instructions –Troubleshooting messages sent to customers with information about orders and how to track them FAQs online allow customers to find answers to common questions

52 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition52 Be Proactive and De-Commoditize Prompt replies expected Proactive alerts expected for changes in orders or services, or product recalls Automatic reordering features are desirable Must take initiatives to de-commoditize products –Commodity: a product sold at roughly the same price by many vendors (no differentiation) –Addition of features or services prevents a product from becoming a commodity by creating differentiation

53 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition53 E-Commerce is Every Commerce Web technologies have been highly integrated into the business world –Difficult to identify which business activities are on the Internet and which are not Web has been highly integrated into daily activities of customers also Commerce and e-commerce generally have the same meaning today

54 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition54 Final Project Go to and registerwww.mockflow.com Design your own version of website.www.comfsm.fm Team up with one person on how you are going to design it. Presentation would be on Friday (Dec 7, 2012) Be ready to defend on your own design Criteria for scoring: Creativity (40%) Usability (30%) Teamwork (30%)

55 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition55 Summary Some industries have changed drastically because of the Web HTTP is an Internet standard controlling Web server addresses HTTPS is a security version of HTTP XML is a standard for description of data Blogs enable people to create discussion Web pages

56 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition56 Summary (continued) Cookies help Web sites personalize the visitor’s experience Many Web technologies are proprietary A business can maintain its own Web server or use a Web hosting service Organizations should consider several factors when selecting a Web host Web-enabled commerce is classified into B2B and B2C

57 Management Information Systems, Sixth Edition57 Summary (continued) B2B trading relies on electronic data interchange (EDI) and XML Wireless handheld computers allow mobile commerce, called m-commerce Online businesses must adhere to several factors to be successful Virtual worlds provide a means to meet and conduct business and social activities on the Web Spam and spyware are online annoyances Phishing is a pervasive fraud crime


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