Enterprise Information Systems and B2B E-Commerce: Enhancing Secure Transactions Using XM

Enterprise Information Systems and B2B E-Commerce: Enhancing Secure Transactions Using XM

C. Richard Baker (Adelphi University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-477-4.ch007
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Abstract

While the overall investment in information technology (IT) decreased somewhat during the first several years of the 21st century, B2B e-commerce technologies have expanded at an increasing rate (Lim & Wen, 2002). The expansion of B2B e-commerce has been technologically based on enterprise-wide information systems (EISs) that allow electronic data transmission and execution of transactions in a secure and efficient manner. Since B2B e-commerce is Internet-based, the EISs used to support B2B e-commerce must be Internet capable. The primary language of the Internet, Hypertext Mark-up Language (HTML), is not well-suited for transmitting data and executing transactions. Consequently, Extensible Mark-up Language (XML) was developed to facilitate electronic information exchange applications, including many applications related to B2B e-commerce. As initially conceived, XML had a number of constraints, particularly in the area of data integrity and security, however, these constraints have gradually been overcome. This chapter reviews the objectives of using XML in B2B e-commerce, reviews the technical structure of XML, and discusses ways that security and privacy can be enhanced while engaging in B2B e-commerce.

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