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|1||The E-Business Challenge||1|
|2||Developing an E-Business Strategy||21|
|3||Redesigning Business Processes for E-Business||47|
|6||An Enterprise Component Architecture||141|
|7||Implementing a Component Architecture||169|
|8||Managing the Transition to an E-Business||197|
|9||Retooling for the Internet Age||227|
|Afterword, Surviving the Transition||245|
|Notes and References||259|
Posted April 25, 2001
I read this book to get up-to-speed in the systems and architectures that provide the underpinnings of e-business. I am neither an e-commerce specialist nor a systems architect, but felt the need to understand the basics. Until this book I searched in vain for one that could do a reasonable job of explaining such an encompassing and potentially complex subject. What sets this book apart is its business focus and the fact that it was obviously written for managers who need to see the big picture without getting caught up in technical details. The first four chapters focus strictly on the business issues and provide some good information about how to develop a workable e-business strategy. I like this because the author puts business imperatives and process before technology, which is as it should be. Chapter 5 steps you through some of the major systems and subsystems that comprise an 'e-business' system. Despite the technical nature, the author does not stray far from business issues. This, in my opinion, is big plus. Architecture is covered thoroughly enough for a solid overview in chapters 6 and 7. I personally gained a good understanding of system architectures in general and e-business architecture considerations in particular. More importantly, although the author went into increasing levels of detain and delved into some areas in the deeper end of the technical pool, I was able to follow the material. This is a tribute to the clear writing, excellent use of illustrations, and the author's personal talent for explaining complex topics in an understandable manner. The remainder of the book addressed the transition to e-business from business process and technical architecture points of view. While I found this chapter interesting, it did not grab my attention like the previous seven chapters did. However, the material is valuable. My goal of gaining an understanding of e-commerce systems and architectures at a high level was met thanks to this book. The book itself exceeded my expectations by making the learning experience easy through the author's engaging writing style and fast paced presentation of a lot of material in a relatively short book. It earns five stars and my highest recommendation to anyone looking for a readable book on the topic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2001
The title of this book is misleading. If you are seeking a book about how to actually develop e-business systems I recommend Enterprise System Architectures or Realizing E-business with Components. However, if you are looking for a book that clearly explains what e-business really means then this book is a gem. What this book is really about is how to develop an e-business strategy and how to restructure brick and mortar business processes to make the transition to e-business. These topics are often overlooked by those who are bent on jumping on the e-business bandwagon because their competitors are doing it. Therein lies the real value of this book. The approach to developing an e-business strategy will warm the hearts of MBAs who will feel right at home with the basis of the strategy: Micheal Porter's Model of Competition. Good treatment is also given to value propositions and how to effectively craft them in support of an e-business strategy. All in all, great stuff. Strategy is followed by a realistic look at business process reengineering. Just when you thought Champy and Hammer were old news you see that BPR is very much alive and well in companies that have effectively made the transition to e-business. The authors next take you on a whirlwind tour of the underlying technologies, and they do it well. MBAs and other management types will feel comfortable with this material. Even technical types will find this to be good reading (and I hope that technical staff will read this business-oriented book because there is much for them to learn from it). Implementation of an e-business infrastructure and transitioning to it are covered pretty thoroughly considering how few pages are devoted to these subjects. Bear in mind that this book is pretty high level, so don't expect to use it for detailed work breakdown structures. That said, there are a lot of nuggets of advice and information that uncover some of the larger risks. This book's strengths are its business-oriented approach to e-business and the informative tour of associated issues and technology. While I was initially disappointed in it because I wanted a more technical book I quickly realized that there are many technical books on the subject, but few which focus on the business side. In fact, there are none I have read to date that cover the business side as well as this book. I also thought that the graphics in this book were among the best I have ever seen for visually conveying concepts and information.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.