The ultimate goal of the Corporate Information Factory (CIF) is to get the right information into the right people's hands when they need it. To date, much of what has been written about the CIF architecture covers the design and implementation of the strategic components (data warehouses and data marts) used to accomplish this goal. This article covers the decision support capabilities available today for use in solving a business user's difficult tactical problems. Within the CIF, these capabilities are supported in structures called operational data stores (ODSs) and a new component, the oper mart, for tactical analysis.

An increasingly important need today exists for tactical analyses to be performed on integrated operational data. Let's look at two examples of this need.

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