THE DIGITAL BAZAAR Click for June 22, 1998 issue

Yellow Flags for E-Commerce

PRIVACY
Encryption helps. But with more personal data flooding online,
consumers fret about crimes such as ''identity theft.''

STANDARDS
Businesses running crucial corporate-software programs from Oracle, SAP, and Peoplesoft cannot swap data easily. Robust standards are missing.

CONGESTION
You think today's traffic jams are bad? Wait until 2000, when 233 million devices are wired to the Net--15 times the number in 1995.

BOOKKEEPING
Businesses must streamline their order and payment processes before attacking E-commerce. Most just carry old ways onto the Net.

QUALITY
Networks, which businesses are ever more dependent on, crash

CULTURE
Millions of people are already glued to PC screens all day. Many will balk at additional hours of screen-gazing for home shopping and entertainment.



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