Enterprise component architecture for mobile commerce services

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This research focuses on creating a component based repository architecture for mobile commerce services called (e-TOCOR) with the emphasis on component storage and retrieval. To realize this framework three tasks were carried out namely (i) a model for engineering component based m-commerce service was defined using existing models (ii) the Universal Description Discovery and Integration (UDDI) was used to model a component repository (hi) the mobile travel reservation application prototype was developed to demonstrate the proposed model. The results obtained were threefold (i) by evaluating the existing component based architectures, the study showed that m-commerce services are not the same as e-commerce services, the Information Requirement Elicitation (IRE) was adopted as a mechanism for eliciting a request and a service delivery protocol for end-user mobile commerce services and (ii) the prototype was developed to show how enterprise components can be delivered in mobile devices using the IRE protocol. It was also shown that the way existing m-commerce services elicit requests takes much time, the shortest way was to use a text message (iii) the repository framework was created emanating from the home-based reference architecture. In conclusion* the proposed repository could not be compared with the existing repository architecture because it was not implemented, instead the UDDI was used.
A dissertation submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, at the University of Zululand, South Africa, 2004.
Mobile commerce., Software architecture., e-TOCOR