The potential benefits and cost of adopting and implementing e-business solutions are both high. They are major attraction and concern for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) respectively. If a right tradeoff point is not balanced between the two, a breakthrough progress is unlikely to become true. This paper addresses this very issue by proposing and developing a new approach based on the concept of “portalets” that are used as building blocks to develop e-business solutions with no or varying degree of customization efforts. Portalets are designed following the platform for deriving the software product lines. This “Do It Yourself (DI)” approach significantly reduces the time and effort to an affordable level while capturing the unique business logics into the solutions. In this paper, the necessity, feasibility, and the challenging issues of the proposed DIY e-business approach will be discussed. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate the approach and directions for further work.
Huang, George Q. and Zhao, JB, "'Do It Yourself (DIY)' E-Business Solutions for Small and Medium Enterprises" (2002). ICEB 2002 Proceedings. 53.