Many people in the IT field look at the meta data repository as an application which provides a limited set of value points for the organization. The reality is that the repository itself is just one part of a much larger collection of products, services, tools, processes and customer support components. Figure 1 provides one view of the repository environment that attempts to pull in some of these components into a single framework.

The structure of this diagram shown in Figure 1 includes five basic components which include the various elements described in the previous paragraph.

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