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E-business - Any business that is deriving revenue at least in part from something "electronic," usually on the Internet. It also refers to a strategy or service that enables a business to do more business because of Internet-related technology. The tendency for companies to put an "e" in front of a new product or service primarily comes from marketing departments that are trying to convince consumers they have an online strategy. The traditional brick-and-mortar firms that are starting an online component will use this marketing term to announce they are now online.
E-commerce - Put simply, it means conducting business online. Selling goods, in the traditional sense, is possible to do electronically because of certain software programs that run the main functions of an e-commerce Web site, including product display, online ordering, and inventory management. The software resides on a commerce server and works in conjunction with online payment systems to process payments. Since these servers and data lines make up the backbone of the Internet, in a broad sense, e-commerce means doing business over interconnected networks.
The definition of e-commerce includes business activities that are business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C), extended enterprise computing (also known as "newly emerging value chains"), d-commerce, and m-commerce. E-commerce is a major factor in the U.S. economy because it assists companies with many levels of current business transactions, as well as creating new online business opportunities that are global in nature.
EDI - Electronic Data Interchange - The transfer of data between two or more companies, using networks and the Internet. EDI is an increasingly important and easy mechanism used by companies to buy, sell, and trade information. A standard format for exchanging business data, EDI saves messages as a string of data elements, each of which represents a singular fact (such as price or product model number). The parties who exchange EDI transmissions are called trading partners. ANSI approved a set of EDI standards known as the "X12 standards."
EDM - Electronic Document Management - A system that manages different kinds of documents, using computer programs and storage. An EDM system allows a company and its users to create a document or capture the hard copy of a file in electronic form. It can then store, edit, print, and process documents in audio, video, or text form. EDM also stands for Engineering Data Management which uses computers and electronic storage media to store data that relates to engineering applications.
Enterprise JavaBeans - Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs) form a Java-based, reusable, server-side, component framework. They can be easily distributed across many machines but are centrally-managed by a container.
Ergonomics - The study and implementation of ways to make work spaces and electronic devices more physically comfortable for humans to use. For example, the shape of a keyboard or the distance of a computer monitor can help reduce RSI and blurred vision.
ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning
(pronounced: E-R-P or urp)
A business management system designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, and accounting. ERP is a broad set of activities that help a business manage certain processes. It is usually integrated with a relational database system (see: DBMS). Deploying ERP can be a complicated, enterprise-wide process, involving the analysis of business processes, the development of new work procedures, the replacement of legacy systems, and the retraining of staff. ERP systems address the people and partners that manufacturers collaborate and coordinate with in their supply chains. The software component helps midsize manufacturers effectively automate and manage business-critical operations across their supply chains, tying the front and back office together by integrating multiple applications for production, planning, engineering, finance, and customer relationship management (CRM). To keep midsize manufacturers competitive with their larger counterparts, extended ERP suites also offer interfaces to e-business technologies. PeopleSoft, SAP, and J.D. Edwards are a few providers of ERP outsourcing.