Anthony Dutton

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Depending on which research you subscribe to, the consensus is that B2B e-business transactions are going to explode over the next few years. Forrester Research predicts $2.7 trillion in the U.S. by 2003. GartnerGroup expects $3.7 trillion for 2004, while the Boston Consulting Group, the most bullish, anticipates $7 trillion worth of B2B transactions for the same year. This growth isn't an isolated North American phenomenon. Many similar studies point to rapidly growing e-commerce trends in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. To get a better understanding of what's driving this growth, consider the following economic realities faced by today's businesses: A power company needs to rely on 20 other providers in the power grid to maintain service during peak loads, whereas once the company generated all of its own power. A manufacturer of PCs distributes product through 27,... (more)

Implementing Cat XML

An old adage states that 25% of MIS department work relates to catalogs. Today e-marketplaces - or Net markets - are flooding virtually every business sector as more and more companies scramble to migrate their supply-and-demand-side operations to the Internet. Product and catalog integration is a vital part of these moves. The idea behind online marketplaces is to create an electronic environment where nimble buyers and sellers can effortlessly move in and out, exchange information, and ultimately grow their businesses. The obstacle, of course, is standardization and integratio... (more)