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Consider a scenario in which you have decided to start an online business.
Consider the hardware, software networks, and databases necessary for you to validate user identity, manage inventory, process requests and transactions, and log user activity that must be logged for billing and marketing services.
Then, consider development of the following functionality:
Creation of user profiles and customer files
A dynamic and updated multimedia catalog, a fast catalog search engine
Credit card processing
Shipping and tax calculations
Sales and inventory reports
Customer account management
Customer support (help menus, tutorials, FAQs, etc.)
Servers and power
Encrypted order processing
Integration with back-office software
Consider which elements of the required functionality listed you would develop in house and which you would outsource.
Submit a 3- to 4-page paper that includes the following:
A diagram of the hardware, software, network, and database components needed for your hypothetical ecommerce site to ensure the functionality listed in the “To Prepare” area of this Assignment
A description of the hardware, software, network, and database components needed for your hypothetical e-commerce site as described in the “To Prepare” area of this Assignment
An explanation of which of the functions described in the “To Prepare” area of this Assignment that you would primarily develop in-house and which you would outsource to a web development or hosting company, and why