OpenSource in Electronic Commerce — A Comparative Analysis

  • Markus Konstroffer
  • Torben Weis
  • Sascha Braun
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1875)


We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of OpenSource e-commerce software from the perspective of a company wanting to be present on the World Wide Web. The OpenSource movement, its license model and its development model are explained. The functionality of commercial e-commerce solutions and OpenSource e-commerce solutions are compared. Security issues are discussed. An approach to customizing an e-commerce solution taken by consultants is described. After that the total cost of ownership of e-commerce software is analyzed and a conclusion is drawn.


Source Code Free Software Software License Shopping Cart Free Software Foundation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Konstroffer
    • 1
  • Torben Weis
    • 2
  • Sascha Braun
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für WirtschaftsinformatikJohann Wolfgang Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.K Desktop EnvironmentUSA

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