Crowley, Ronan (2006) gCommerce: How GIS is facilitating modern business. Diploma thesis, National College of Ireland.
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Combining eCommerce with a GIS (Geographic Information System) will lead to the creation of gCommerce. This is a very new concept, as the two systems are currently very different. eCommerce systems are largely web-based and fast, while (traditional) GIS systems are desktop tools, requiring huge amounts of user interaction and powerful processing. Identifying and exploiting the current and potential overlap between these systems, as well as creating a need for these systems will determine how successful gCommerce will be.
The challenges in the area of gCommerce are:
(i) To determine whether or not it actually matters to people to have location-enabled services, will people actually care where their goods and services are coming from. In the price versus convenience modem marketplace, would people be prepared to pay slightly more for local goods and services if they can get them more quickly, or would they be prepared to wait longer for their good or service for the convenience of buying online?
(ii) How GIS applications and services are facilitating the growth and driving the need for modem business. How a niche market has now been thrust into the public spotlight because of the emergence of modem Internet mapping systems.
I will also look into some of the challenges in implementing these systems and bringing legacy old file-based systems into the modem Internet world of software.
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