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   Re: [xml-dev] Something altogether different?

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Dare Obasanjo said:
>> I guess it depends on how you define 'The Web'. I wouldn't consider
inter-enterprise communications to be "on the Web" or to be "web applications"
but I'm sure that there are definitions of the Web that would take them into

My definition of enterprise systems or enterprise applications is those that are
essential to fulfilling the purpose of the organization, staying in business, or
both. My view of the 'The Web' and web applications includes not only its size
(60+ million web sites), but how we're using the web, and secondarily, what
we're doing most often. There's clearly an overlap. For some organizations, web
applications are essential for survival and fulfilling their purpose.

Consider retailing, auctions, media organizations, corporate portals and search
engine businesses:

1. Nine of the top 10 most visited web sites belong to Internet companies
(Google, amazon, eBay, Yahoo).
2. Ditto the top 10 online retailers in terms of converting shoppers to buyers.
Only Coldwater Creek is a "brick and mortar" retailer.
3. The BBC, CNN, and New York Times have a significant web presence (top 100
most visited sites).
4. Airline reservation sites (AA.com), travel sites (expedia.com) and online DVD
rentals (netflix.com) are also among the busiest sites.

For media organizations (group 3), content management is a mission-critical
enterprise application. Web applications are a "bet the business" proposition
for 9 of 10 companies in groups one and two.

A lot of businesses have linked back office systems to portals and web sites
(e.g., Merrill Lynch, eTrade, Bank of America, Citibank). Even manufacturing
organizations have built enterprise apps using a web portal architecture.
Boeing, for example, has a portal for repair facilities and customers needing
spares lists, regulatory documents and technical documentation.


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