It is the final week of the four-week e-commerce training course provided as a prize to one of our readers by People Energy Training. This week, Jonathan Steel, puts the finishing touches to his Web site and is introduced to EDI
Monday of the last week of training had the usual brief introduction to the week's focus. However, most of the day was taken up in putting finishing touches to our Web sites as well as talking to the placement officer in detail about job placements.
The day was punctuated with lectures on the different forms of payment that could be employed to purchase goods over the Internet. These included payment by credit cards, e-cash and stored accounts. The benefits, costs and pitfalls of each were highlighted.
More lectures. Today's focused on Marketing on the Web, ISPs (Internet service providers)and how to rate them, and sales on the Web. All of which gave us an overview of what to look for in each of these areas. For example, niche products seem to do very well on the Internet, as opposed to sites which are very broad in terms of the offerings.
The final day of the course gave us an introduction to EDI electronic data interchange (EDI) and XML (Extensible Markup Language). The lecture took us through what EDI is and how XML could enhance and make it affordable to more businesses.
The afternoon was spent doing exercises that took us through defining some small example datasets and publishing them on our Web site using XML.
At the end of the day tearful goodbyes were said. We all received a CD-Rom with the course notes, training software and freeware that we had been using over the last few weeks. We also received a certificate stating that we had attended an approved course.
Overview of the course
I think only people who have a good working knowledge of at least one programming language should attend a course of this type. E-commerce is such a massive field that people without a good working knowledge of at least one aspect of it would probably be left floundering.
We covered a lot of ground and because we were given ample time to experiment in the afternoons I retained much more knowledge than is usual for computer training courses.
On a final note, due in no small part to this course, I was able to gain employment with Atomic Arts, a multimedia design firm in London.