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A ‘catch-all’ term often misused and misunderstood. In lay terms, client/server describes a system where the ‘client’ (PC on a user’s desk) handles tasks such as displaying information, checking validity of data input and formatting reports. Meanwhile the ‘server’ (another computer, usually mainframe or midrange) is dedicated to storing information and serving required information to the client(s); e.g. bank cash machines.


The process of moving files from a web server to your computer.

EDI (electronic data interchange)

The electronic exchange of trading documents (e.g. invoices and orders) used for e-commerce.

EFT/POS (electronic funds transfer/point-of-sale)

System that allows direct transfer of funds during a retail, payroll or banking transaction.

EIS/MEIS (management/executive information system)

Sophisticated reporting and analysis tool for the manipulation of large volumes of data (usually financial).

As well as sites featured in this week’s supplement, we look at others that can help you further your e-business ambitions.


Visit the one-stop online shop for training courses, including accountancy.


An arm of the DTI, this provides advice for SMEs looking to grow their online presence.


An online marketplace for buying and selling businesses – free of broking fees.



How could you improve your e-business strategy? Follow KPMG’s online questionnaire to find out.


PricewaterhouseCoopers’ e-business site includes coverage of new economy success stories, the firm’s latest thinking and e-business news.


Read one of the best guides to the new economy from Cisco, one of only a handful of true e-businesses. It features advice for companies large and small as well as plenty of sector specific coverage.


See the e-business masterclass programme in full for this week’s show.

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