According to the book Digital Business – Concepts and Strategy, “The Internet augments resources for planning and may influence the process for planning in two ways: (1) by facilitating communications, and (2) by serving as an information resource” (Coupey, 2005, p. 200). In the scope of “Facilitating communications”, the internet is a major influence since the advent of online chats, instant messaging, virtual meetings, and collaboration portals bridges the geographic distance and provides the opportunity for real time collaborative planning and a measure of cost savings. For example, the Cisco WebEx® provides a collaborative online meeting experience using Software as a Service (SaaS) solution delivered through the Cisco internet cloud. This technology provides, video & voice conferencing, real time content sharing, on-screen presentations and more (Cisco systems - WebEx, 2015) which provides optimal facilitation of communications during the planning process. In addition, in the scope of information resource relevant to planning, the internet provides the secondary research ability for a business to gather various types of information, such as, customer demographics, competitor offerings, etc.
Cloud Computing “Cloud computing is a type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources rather than having local services or personal devices to handle applications. The cloud, is used as a metaphor for ‘the internet,’ so the phrase cloud computing means ‘a type of Internet-based computing,’ where different services-such as servers, storage and applications- are delivered to an organization’s computers and device through the Internet. Cloud computing is comparable to grid computing, a type of computing where unused processing cycles of all computers in a network are harnesses to solve problems too intensive for any stand-alone machine (Web 2.0).” Whereas “Web 2.0 is the term given to describe a second generation of the World Wide Web that is focused on the ability for people to collaborate and share information online. Web 2.0 basically refers to the transition from static HTML Web pages to a more dynamic Web that is more organized and is based on serving Web applications to users. Other improved functionality of Web 2.0 includes open communication with an emphasis on Web-based communities of users, and more open sharing of information.
The Internet protocol address (IP address) is a number that is assigned to every device that is connected or that can connect to a network. It is used to identify the device so data can be sent from and to it. When sending a data packet across a network, the IP address of the destination has to be encoded in the packet so the router knows the destination. The Internet protocol’s purpose is to direct the packet to its destination using the IP addresses. The transport control protocol (TCP) is the backbone of the Internet; it is basically how data packets are sent to their destination from where they are originally.
Decision Support Systems Used in Network Hardware How does data pass through the internet? If you said decision support systems, you are correct. In an indecisive world, network hardware devices uses decision support systems (DSS) to efficiently and effectively route data, in a local area network, with the least amount of errors and inconsistencies. Decision support systems are the brains behind network hardware, and would be near impossible for them to work without the intelligent core of each distinct DSS. There are a variety of network hardware devices: switches, hubs, and routers; and they all use algorithms/procedures to transfer data towards the correct destination.
Cloud Computing – Software-as-a-Service Before we discuss Software as a Service (SaaS), an introduction to cloud computing is in order. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines cloud computing as “A model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction” (Mell, P., Grance, T., 2011). In an interview Ludwig Siegele gave to the Eco... ... middle of paper ... ...uting. Having a strong security policy in place will help ensure the safety of software in a cloud environment. There are many advantages to using SaaS; the advantages include reduction in the time it takes to deploy applications, better productivity, lower licensing fees and the ability to have access to the most currently available software.
The gateway to the Internet from your home computer is through an ISP. To get to the Internet through an ISP you have to have a modem dialup, ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network), DSL (Digital Subscriber Loop), cable modem, wireless, or leased line. These methods provide a variety of speeds to connect the Internet, without one of these methods you will not be able to connect to the Internet. Transmitting information using the Internet can be a little confusing to understand. As mentioned earlier, the Internet is a network of networks and there is a network protocol that allows computers electronically describe data (Scott's Newsletter).
Mechanisms and Processes of the Internet Electronic commerce can be defined as the conduct of commerce in goods and services, with the assistance of telecommunications and telecommunications-based tools. Here, the term telecommunications can mean any existing telecommunication networks such as Public Switched Telephone Network, Integrated Services Digital Network, or even Wireless Networks. However the major and the most important telecommunication network of E-commerce is the Internet. The great possibility and potential of E-commerce has been realized with the development of the Internet. Therefore understanding how the Internet works is quite important to better understand E-commerce and to develop E-commerce applications.
Service delivery in cloud computing comprises three different service models. • Software-as-a-service (Saas):- Saas is the model in which an application is hosted as a service to customers who access it via the internet. E.g. Google docs, salesforce.com, CRM, ERP, email, social networking. It provides significant efficiencies in cost and delivery in exchange for minimal customization and represents a shift of operational risks from the consumer to the provider.