Supporting Electronic Commerce of Software Products through Pay-Per-Use Rental of Downloadable Tools

Supporting Electronic Commerce of Software Products through Pay-Per-Use Rental of Downloadable Tools

Giancarlo Succi (University of Alberta, Canada), Raymond Wong (University of Alberta, Canada), E. Liu (University of Calgary, Canada), Carlo Bonamico (DIST-Universita di Genova, Italy) and Tullio Vernazza (University of Regina, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-01-3.ch018
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The pervasiveness of Internet connectivity and the wide diffusion of Java-capable browsers foster innovative techniques for software distribution. In this chapter, we propose a new model for the electronic commerce of software tools based on a pay-per-use rental policy. Pay-per-use rental of downloadable tools is the natural exploitation of Java applets that can be transferred on demand to the user’s machine and executed dynamically inside a browser. While software rental is not a new idea (Flamnia and McCandless, 1996), at present no example of a standard pay-per-use rental mechanism for downloadable software tools exists. This approach benefits from the advantages of central management of tools and zero maintenance for users typical of Java applets, together with a new way to pay for their use. Software rental presents several advantages to producers and users. Pay-per-use rental is particularly suited to Web-based applications, because they are offered to a very heterogeneous and dynamic user population (Bakos and Brynjolfson, 1997). This chapter describes advantages and issues related to pay-per-use, and explains how to add it to Web-based systems, by presenting the example of pay-per-use integration in WebMetrics, a Web-based system providing distributed collection, management, and analysis of source code metrics. This chapter is organized as follows. Section 2 discusses tools-on-demand. Section 3 presents the role of pay-per-use. Section 4 introduces WebMetrics, our prototype pay-per-use application. Section 5 describes the architecture of WebMetrics. Section 6 presents a list of open issues. Section 7 draws some conclusions.

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Table of Contents
Syed Mahbubhur Rahman, Robert J. Bignall
Chapter 1
Xue Li
Engineering Internet Commerce is about building Web-enabled enterprise information systems to carry out business transactions over the Internet.... Sample PDF
Engineering Issues in Internet Commerce
Chapter 2
Munib Karavdic, Gary D. Gregory
A host of new products and services are now available to more than a half-billion consumers. Firms now have greater opportunities to customize their... Sample PDF
Internet Commerce and Exporting: Strategies for Electronic Market Entry
Chapter 3
Shahul Hameed
The Internet network is rapidly becoming more and more popular among companies as an avenue to do business. It has made it easy for them to... Sample PDF
Consumer Trust and Confidence in Internet Commerce
Chapter 4
Nansi Shi, David Bennett
Commerce is essentially the exchange of goods and services in various forms between sellers and buyers, together with associated financial... Sample PDF
Deploying Internet Commerce in Lottery Businesses: An Executive Guideline
Chapter 5
Maria Indrawan
The explosive growth of Internet-based electronic commerce has increased the consumer’s choices of goods and merchants. To find a suitable good and... Sample PDF
Software Agents in Electronic Commerce: An Overview
Chapter 6
Mahesh S. Raisinghani
One of the most discussed topics in the information systems literature today is software agent/intelligent agent technology. Software agents are... Sample PDF
Software Agents in Today's Digital Economy: Transition to the Knowledge Society
Chapter 7
Merrill Warkentin, Vijayan Sugumaran, Ravi Bapna
A characteristic feature of the explosive growth in electronic commerce is the rapid innovation and adoption of new technologies, which results in... Sample PDF
Intelligent Agents for E-Commerce: Trends and Future Impact on Business Models and Markets
Chapter 8
Jana Dospisil
Agents are viewed as the next significant software abstraction, and it is expected they will become as ubiquitous as graphical user interfaces are... Sample PDF
Design Agents with Negotiation Capabilities
Chapter 9
William K. Cheung, C. H. Li, Ernest C.M. Lam, Jiming Liu
This chapter describes a conceptual framework for designing and developing software agents that will enable customized electronic commerce (CEC) and... Sample PDF
Customised Electronic Commerce with Intelligent Software Agents
Chapter 10
Paul Timmers, Jorge Gasos
Agent technologies have proved to provide adequate solutions to some of the challenges posed by the new business models that are arising in the... Sample PDF
Agent Technologies and Business Models for Electronic Commerce
Chapter 11
Fangming Zhu, Sheng-Uei Guan
As electronic commerce (e-commerce) booms, the demands for intelligent tools to streamline transactions are increasing. This motivates the... Sample PDF
SAFER E-Commerce: Secure Agent Fabrication, Evolution & Roaming for E-Commerce
Chapter 12
Teoh Kok Poh, Sheng-Uei Guan
Issues on usability, security, and mobility have always been the main concerns for e-commerce implementations that aim to gain widespread public... Sample PDF
Web-Based Smart Card Agent Environment and Applications for E-Commerce
Chapter 13
Ahmad Kayed, Robert M. Colomb
While there are many proposals to automate the buying and selling process, there has been no actual attempt to automate the tendering process... Sample PDF
Business-to-Business Electronic Commerce: Electronic Tendering
Chapter 14
Klement J. Fellner, Klaus Turowski
In this chapter, we present an approach to a component (application) framework supporting agent-based intercompany communication and coordination.... Sample PDF
Component Framework Supporting Agent-Based Electronic Data Interchange
Chapter 15
Seng W. Loke, Andry Rakotonirainy, Arkady Zaslavsky
We envision the integration of the concepts of virtual communities, electronic markets, and ubiquitous wireless services into agent-enhanced mobile... Sample PDF
An Enterprise Viewpoint of Wireless Virtual Communities and the Associated Uses of Software Agents
Chapter 16
A Virtual Salesperson  (pages 290-315)
Andrew Marriott, Roberto Pockaj, Craig Parker
This chapter describes the use of a graphical humane interface—a Virtual Salesperson. The face of the Virtual Salesperson is a generic Facial... Sample PDF
A Virtual Salesperson
Chapter 17
Feng Hua, Sheng-Uei Guan
Since the 1990s, the World Wide Web has brought about innumerable changes to the ways enterprises do business. Electronic commerce is emerging as... Sample PDF
Agents and Payment Systems in E-Commerce
Chapter 18
Giancarlo Succi, Raymond Wong, E. Liu, Carlo Bonamico, Tullio Vernazza
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Supporting Electronic Commerce of Software Products through Pay-Per-Use Rental of Downloadable Tools
Chapter 19
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Software Agent-Mediated Internet Trading Framework
Chapter 20
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In this chapter, we introduce the concepts of recommender systems as a very successful Internet commerce tool. Then, we describe the basic... Sample PDF
Distributed Recommender Systems: New Opportunities in Internet Commerce
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