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A Sustainable Service-Oriented B2C Framework for Small Businesses

Liu, Xiaodong; Ye, Hailiang


Hailiang Ye


Jonathon Lee

Deron Liang

Y C Cheng


Electronic commerce is fast expanding all over the world. Currently most B2C (business to customer) electronic commerce focuses on retailing and other online services, such as online banking. Compared with large-scale enterprises and organizations, small businesses find it difficult to involve in electronic commerce because the cost is too high to be affordable. The cost for electronic commerce not only includes establishing cost but also drumbeating cost and maintenance cost. This paper exploits modern service oriented architecture to develop and evaluate a novel low cost B2C framework particularly suitable for small and micro businesses. The framework enjoys the features such as easy to set up, low cost and high business agility, which are highly needed by small businesses. To reduce the cost and promote the business, the framework congregates similar services supplied by traditional small businesses into a common Web interface; consumers can get the services via the common Web interface and then communicate directly with the service providers. The framework has been implemented and evaluated in a domain of real life small businesses

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Service-Oriented System Engineering
Start Date Dec 18, 2008
End Date Dec 19, 2008
Publication Date 2008-12
Deposit Date Feb 9, 2010
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 281-286
Book Title The Fourth IEEE International Symposium on Service-Oriented System Engineering
ISBN 9780769534992
Keywords Web interface; business-to-customer electronic commerce; drumbeating cost; large-scale enterprises; maintenance cost; online banking; online services; service oriented architecture; small businesses; sustainable service-oriented B2C framework;
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