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The Internet’s influence on business is immeasurable. There are few operations today in the business sphere that have not been enhanced by the incorporation of e-technology. While computers are undeniably crucial to the running of every enterprise in the current age, there is a downside. The proliferation of abuses, phishing scams and other unethical practices threaten other vital components: trust and confidence.
Setting one’s standards high can ensure greater success for one’s e-business, whether large or small. Rather than fumbling forward and hoping to function professionally and efficiently, the entrepreneur would do well to adopt the measures laid down by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards.
This illustrious body (OASIS) came into being to promote certain worldwide standards for operators in the e-sector. Run by its own members, and existing on a not-for-profit basis, OASIS contributes to the regulation of the electronic business world. Adherence to a code of practice, such as that outlined under Structured Information Standards, attracts repeat business. Clients, including casino players, purchasers of digital books and shoppers searching for the latest fashions, become loyal to the traders they can trust. Similarly, the start-ups that depend on that custom are subject to feedback. These honest and frank reviews can make or break a business. Thus, every small act of trust gets rewarded and every honourable transaction helps to drive standards upwards.