The attempt to paint a clear picture of the future is always fertile.
The predictable part of the future, however, will be the efforts of
solving the major problems we face today and the possibility of that some of
technical and business initiatives at the infant stage today will become
The Internet and the Web have overcome the technical difficulty of EDI,
but it has not solved the problem of slow development of ecommerce standards.
The development and acceptance of standards will significantly impact
the future success of the electronic commerce. XML will play a pivotal role
in that process.
The Impact of Broadband
The continuing acceptance of broadband technology and maturity of technology for
delivering broadband applications (video on demand, online gaming and etc.) to the
end users will drastically impact the consumer market in near future. The ability
to present multimedia applications to consumers will transform the Internet from
an information tool to an entertainment tool. The Web, as the fourth medium, has
the potential to integrate other three types of media (print, radio and video)
in one way or another.
Software as Services
The Internet has changed the way how software is distributed. It may change
the way how software is developed. Distribution of some software may not be
necessary. The functionality of some software may be presented as online services
that users can subscribe.
Definition and Concept of Electronic Commerce
Benefits of Ecommerce - digitalization and networking
History of Ecommerce
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) - Overview and Standards
Key success factors in e-commerce
Ecommerce Product suitability - What Sells Best Online?