Introduction to E-Commerce

Learn the basics of e-commerce infrastructure, communication, and security technologies with this free online course.

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Major advances in technology have seen e-commerce become viable for businesses and very useful for consumers. Various topologies and security plans allow producers and consumers to sell and purchase with ease. This course will give you an introduction to e-commerce, the strategies to help you reach more customers, and the technologies that will empower your ecommerce business. This will bring your résumé and results to the next level.





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E-commerce the process of buying and selling of goods or services via the internet - is essential for modern businesses. This course will give you an introduction to e-commerce and discuss the environmental challenges and strategic challenges that organizations face. These include demand risk, innovation risk, and inefficiency risk. You will also study how the Internet, especially the Web, can be a useful device for reducing these risks.

Next, you will study important topics areas encompassing electronic commerce technology which include Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), circuit and packet switching, routing, addressability, and IP addresses. You will also learn about national information infrastructure, message distribution infrastructure, electronic publishing infrastructure, business services infrastructure, and the electronic commerce applications where all this infrastructure sits. The course will then discuss PDF or Portable Document Format and HTML or Hypertext Markup Language.

Did you know that Amazon.com was one of the first ecommerce sites in the US to start selling products online? Now it is one of the biggest companies in the world. If you want to push your e-commerce business to new heights, this Introduction to E-Commerce course will be of great use to you. With the knowledge in this course, your résumé and business potential in the world of e-commerce will be much stronger. That quite a reward for a free course.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course the student will be able to: - Describe the term 'e-commerce'. - Describe TCP/IP. - Describe the infrastructure that e-commerce is built on. - Explain the functions of “cookies” in e-commerce.


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