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The Patterns for e-business are a group of proven, reusable assets that can
help speed the process of developing applications. The pattern discussed in
this book, Business-to-Business e-Marketplace Pattern, is an emerging
pattern that allows the development of e-Marketplace hub applications that
bring multiple buyers and sellers together in a way that provides efficient
electronic trading of goods and services. This pattern is a composition of
existing patterns, including the User-to-Online Buying pattern, the
User-to-Business pattern and the User-to-User pattern.
This redbook discusses subsets of the application topologies for the
Business-to-Business e-Marketplace Pattern. These subsets are used to
describe different parts of the full marketplace topology, and they represent
increasing levels of complexity, functionality, and integration in the topology,
ranging from a simple e-Marketplace to a fully integrated e-Marketplace.
Part 1 of the redbook describes the nature of e-Marketplaces and guides you
through the process of choosing an application and runtime topology to
deliver the desired market functionality. It then provides you with possible
product mappings for implementation of the chosen runtime.
Part 2 of the redbook provides a set of guidelines for building your
e-Marketplace application. These guidelines include discussion of
performance, technology options, application design, application
development, systems management, and security.
Part 3 of the redbook describes, using the standard sample application, the
functions available in WebSphere Commerce Suite, Marketplace Edition for
AIX. At the time this redbook was written we were using a pre-release version
of Marketplace Edition so our working example is not complete. We have
taken the approach of first describing our understanding of the facilities that
will be available in the released version of WebSphere Commerce Suite,
Marketplace Edition for AIX, and then giving some detail of the features we
were able to implement and test.
The team that wrote this redbook
This redbook was produced by a team of specialists from around the world
working at the International Technical Support Organization, Raleigh Center.
Bill Moore is a WebSphere Specialist at the International Technical Support
Organization, Raleigh Center. He writes extensively and teaches IBM classes