In the December 2005 issue, I described the extended Corporate Information Factory (CIFe) (see Figure 1). The outer band of the CIFe consists of six major sets of activities that must be performed to ensure that the business intelligence (BI) environment operates smoothly and cost-effectively, This column describes the application management function.

Simply stated, application management is the set of integrated processes and technologies that coordinate the delivery of information so that it can be leveraged to provide business value. Application management strives to ensure that the business users don't need to concern themselves with the physical architecture of the CIF. The goal of application management is to provide information to the business community as part of each user's normal job flow.

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