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ISPs for E-Commerce

ISPs for E-Commerce. Nizar R. Mabroukeh, M.Sc., C.S. mabroukeh@hotmail.com http://www.geocities.com/mabroukeh For E-Commerce Short Course 18 th April, 2000. Topics to be Covered. Planning Requirements Requirements for an ISP E-Commerce Add-ons for ISPs Starting the business as an ISP

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ISPs for E-Commerce

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  1. ISPs for E-Commerce Nizar R. Mabroukeh,M.Sc., C.S. mabroukeh@hotmail.com http://www.geocities.com/mabroukeh For E-Commerce Short Course 18th April, 2000

  2. Topics to be Covered • Planning • Requirements • Requirements for an ISP • E-Commerce Add-ons for ISPs • Starting the business as an ISP • Advertise • Sell (shopping, checkout, authorization, charge back). • Promote • Surviving the competition • Future Developments Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  3. Planning and Requirements

  4. Business Model Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  5. RequirementsInfra-structure • A connection to a larger Internet Provider. • Hardware and Software to provide Internet Services. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  6. Connecting To A Larger ISP • ISPs are divided into classes (A, B and C), according to how many sub-networks they can support with unique IP addresses. Example: AT&T  KACST Commercial ISPs Internet Café Satellite Leased Line Leased Line or Submarine or Frame Relay Fiber Optic Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  7. Connecting To A Larger ISP • Hardware depends on type of connection. • You are connecting your LAN to the larger provider. • Generally, you will need: • An appropriate Router. • A Gateway, if different types of network. • A Proxy server to cache your link. • A Firewall to protect your LAN from intruders. • May need a leased-line modem or digital modem. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  8. HW & SW to Provide Internet • You will providing for 3 types of customers: • Your local users on your LAN (directly connected to the servers) • Dial-up users (using Modem) • Corporate accounts (Leased-lines, VPNs, Frame-Relay…etc.), like Internet Cafès and Intranet solutions to companies. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  9. HW & SW to Provide Internet • For the 3 different types you will need: • A machine for each of the following applications: • Web Server: Ex. Microsoft Internet Information Server (MIIS), Apache server (for Linux)… • Proxy Server: Ex. Netscape Proxy Server • E-Mail Server: Ex. Microsoft Exchange. • Firewall: to protect your LAN from the last 2 types of customers. Ex.: SQUID, ipchains… Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  10. Dial-up Customers HW • For dial-up customers you will need a pool of modems (a modem for every phone line you have). • A customer dials your service using a pilot number which will connect him to the first available line from the pool. • Thus you need a Port Master and a RAS (Remote Access Server). • User Authentication follows the OS on the RAS. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  11. Corporate Accounts HW • Leased-line modem, Frame-Relay switchs, VPN routers…etc. depending on connection type. • Most importantly you will need to have a pool of vacant and static IP addresses to provide. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  12. Tuning to E-Commerce • Online Catalogue • Shopping Cart • Secure Servers and SSL • Payment Gateways • Commerce Service Providers (CSP) Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  13. Business Owner Mall Owner Internet Reports & Statistics Mall Front Manager Financial Institution Service Manager Mall Manager Business Owners Manager Mall Services Secure access (DID) Secure access (DID) Advertisers Secure access Secure access Remote Sales Classified Ads Customer Mall front Mall BackOffice Extended Services Electronic Mall Administration Browse Mall Services Order $$$ Extended Services Collect Services (shopping basket) Secure eCommerce Services & Hosting Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  14. Mall infrastructure: • Database design and programming • Store ‘test drive’ • Central Category directory • Global shopping • Global search capability • Mall front: • Advanced shopping cart • Static store policy pages • Multiple payment methods • Mall Backoffice: • Service manager • Modify, add and delete services • Modify, add and delete templates • Modify, add and delete store Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  15. Mall manager • Fulfill orders • Generate invoices • E-mail confirmation notices automatically • Track open orders • Track and manage accounts receivable • Generate past due notices • Search orders • Search unordered baskets • Payment processing • Customer (store owner) manager • Modify, add or delete customer information • Manage customer passwords • Track account balances • Assign service levels • Set credit limits • Set credit length • Search for customers Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  16. Mall front manager • Modify, add and delete Mall front text • Modify, add and delete Mall front advertisements • Modify, add and delete Mall demo • Graphical Reports and Statistics • Mall front processes • Report on traffic and order analysis by day, week, or year • Report on store sales statistics by item number, rank, time period • Options • VeriSign Server Set-up (to eliminate spoofing) • Automated Billing System • Staff administrative training Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  17. Shipper (UPS) Internet Business Owner Reports & Statistics Product Manager Supplier Inventory Manager Catalog Manager Purchase Manager Store Manager Financial Institution Customer Manager Store Services Secure access (DID) Customer Storefront BackOffice Electronic Store Browse Catalog Extended Services Order $$$ Collect products (shopping basket) Extended Services Secure eCommerce Services & Hosting Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  18. Each store is “rented” from a “Community” or “Mall” by a business • Each business selects the services that best meet the online requirements of that business • Each store may choose among different services like: • Home page for advertisement of a business or classified with contact information • About page • Order information page • How to shop page • Catalog list pages (one level, up to 100) • Product list pages (up to 100 items) • Store ‘specials’ page • Reporting and statistics • Advanced reporting and statistics Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  19. Central directory search • Advanced shopping basket • Image uploading • Shipping matrix • Tax matrix • Automated order notification • Global ‘specials’ listing • Generic invoices • Real time payment processing capability • Drop ship supplier order notification • Customer profiling • Store infrastructure • Storefront management facilities • Backoffice administration facilities Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  20. Your Team • Technical Team • Customer Support Team • Sales Team • Marketing and Promotion Team • Billing and Accounting Team (Customer Care) • Content and Quality of Service Team Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  21. Technical Team • Configures, manages and administers your connection as well as troubleshooting problems on the LAN and the Internet setup. • Supports and provides connection to corporate users. • Responsible for providing a continuous and smooth link with appropriate bandwidth to your ISP (Tune the connection). Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  22. Customer Support Team • On-site installation and setup of service for dial-up users. • Help-Desk service and troubleshooting. • Provides After-Sales service for dial-up users and small corporate accounts (like Internet Cafés). • Takes customer notes on service. • Works side-by-side with Technical team. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  23. Sales Team • Sell…Sell…Sell… • First Contact with customer thus first on-ground impression about company. • Must be knowledgeable about The Internet in general and about the company’s capabilities. • Promise only what the company can deliver and deliver what was promised. • Make friends with customers and keep in contact after closing the deal. • You Better have a sub-team for corporate accounts. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  24. Marketing and Promotion Team • Advertise  Sell  Market  Promote. • Marketing is important for continuity of the company as well as in competition. • Hold promotional campaigns taking chances of special occasions. • Must have a clear goal (part of the general mission of the company) on each campaign. • Should be flexible and fluctuant with Competition (able to compete). Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  25. Billing and Accounting Team • Must be online with customer database • Always on contact and direct arrangement with Marketing team. • Aware of their limits that might depend on technical matters of the link. Ex.: If server cannot keep track of off-peak hours, we cannot sell off-peak accounts. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  26. Content and Quality of Service Team • They provide content to the users. • Design your webpage and keep it up to date. • Keep users attracted and entertained: • Hold newgroups discussions. • Link people together: Chatting Services, small tutorials, free personal websites for users… • Link your users to the government or people who interest them. • Provide E-Commerce. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  27. You Have All The Gadgets Fully Equipped and ready….  Let’s Hit The Market

  28. Start Your Business • After you have decided on your company mission, you can advertise on the grounds of this mission. • Sell: • In-door sales: For walk-in customers • Out-door sales: Target a special class or group of people or industry sector, collect contacts, call them on the phone and visit them. • Market and Promote (again, have clear goals and targets) Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  29. Important Points for Sales • Internet Customers are usually interested in: • Price vs. quality of service. • Customer Support (after-sales service). • On-call Tech. Service. • Trial accounts. • Your Bandwidth and your ISP. • If I am a customer, I would ask you to convince me to buy from you and not other companies. This is when your “content” comes into action. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  30. Online Catalogue • Navigation • The shopping cart • Check-out Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  31. Payment and Order Processing • What is involved in credit card processing? • Authorisation. • Capture. • Charge back. • Other payment methods: • Fax. • Telephone Order. • Micro-payments. • Electronic cheques. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  32. Surviving The Competition

  33. Ensure Continuity • Try as much as possible to keep your configuration tuned for best performance. • If you need more bandwidth get more. • If you need more phone lines get more. • You might need to install new modems to keep up with technology that you’re customers are using, do it. • Provide Content and Entertainment as mentioned before. • Make a survey about your service every now and then by calling customers and asking them (keep up quality of service). Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  34. Ensure Continuity • Get rid of nosey customers, naggers, hackers, and hot shots ! HOW? • Make friends with your loyal customers, arrange gatherings. • You can also promote and market for your new services in these gatherings. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  35. Future Development • The Internet is growing dramatically everyday. Thus the emergent need for development to keep up with technology. • It would be good if you had future plans in mind since day one of establishing your company. • Development in hardware and in content. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  36. Development Team • Establish a team for Research and Development (R&D). • Give them resources they need: Money, testing devices, library, research tools… • Usually R&D is the most money and time-consuming department in any company. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  37. R&D Responsibilities • Should follow up on new technologies and services. • Should be able to carry out experimentation and testing on new technologies and provide management with consultation and support in futuristic plans. • Should be able to come out with new ideas and plans to enhance the performance of employees, the network and the system as a whole. Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  38. Summary • We have seen the basic steps one needs to start his business as an ISP. • To be a successful ISP keep in mind the following points: • Good planning (the internet provides a lot of services and there is a lot of technology involved, you might get lost). • Robust connection to your ISP and enough resources. • Quality of service. • A lot of customer care. • The competition is wild ! Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

  39. Points to Ponder: Globalization: What is your part in it? And where is your contribution to it? Nizar Mabroukeh, 2000

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