The case for business meta data seems obvious. With business meta data, there is documentation of what is what inside the information system. More importantly, there is the chance that the end user will have business context to accompany raw data that turns that raw data into something useful. To illustrate the value of business context supplied by meta data, consider a vice president of finance who asks his department head to provide quarterly revenue figures. The department head's response is: "Quarterly revenues were $18,970,997."

At first, the vice president is pleased, but then he realizes that the number is quite a bit different than what was expected. Upon exploration the vice president finds that the number:

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