Generation Two Is Transforming E-Biz
Whatever you may not like about e-biz, odds are Etilize has solved the problem.When new technology comes along, generation zero merely replaces components. Old solder jockeys may remember solid-state modules that plugged into vacuum tube sockets. Eventually, though, entire devices were redesigned around what new hardware enabled, and our expectations became broader as well as higher. Were finally seeing the comparable transformation of e-business. Generation Zero e-business merely put product catalogs on the Web, reducing printing and mailing costs. Customers had to call in orders and waste time finding out that something was out of stock or even out of production.
Generation One added real-time order taking, and there was a customer advantage: Orders could be based on current knowledge of price and availability, letting customers strike their own balance between time and money. Thats how I bought my newest laptop computer; over a period of several weeks, I tracked declining price against declining stock at the PC Mall Web site (www.pcmall.com), pouncing at what seemed the ideal momentand saving almost 50 percent.