Data and information created from data are widely recognized as key enterprise assets. To leverage the data available internally, enterprises embark on initiatives like building data warehouses, operational data stores, master data hubs and repositories to facilitate data mining and analytical reporting.

The critical success factor for all these initiatives is the clear and precise definition of the functional requirements, defining the behavior of the system, and the nonfunctional requirements, describing how the software will do it and what it will not do.

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