Date of Award

Fall 12-1-2004

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

First Advisor

Zehai Zhou

Second Advisor

Tom Farrell

Third Advisor

Michael Waldner


The MSIS project at Dakota State University, "E-commerce implementation for Dutch Precision, Inc." began in May 2004 and was completed in December of the same year. The target company, Dutch Precision, Inc. (DPI), remanufactures brake calipers for automotive applications, regionally based near Tampa, Florida, and sells predominately to independent auto parts stores. The DPI company website was established on a new static IP address using the domain name. Three interrelated open-source code software applications were used; Apache web server, MySQL database, and PHP, a server-side scripting language. Virus and networking difficulties initially impaired and refocused the project goals, but these were largely overcome. In the end, however, despite the development of a live website, concerns for security, low level long-term technical support, and financial factors drove the decision to establish the website with a qualified Internet Service provider. Areas of student growth included networking systems and protocols, firewall and router configuration, programming, and database integration.