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8.4.5 Finance Applications

Well-managed companies watch their financial indicators carefully and set clear financial objectives for their managers. Providing access to important financial information securely and in an easy-to-use, on-line manner has always been a significant challenge. By using internal web applications, Finance can begin to more easily disseminate this information to key managers by securely ``posting'' corporate finance information or by providing simple forms based query capabilities.

The purchasing side of financial operations can also benefit from web applications. Using the same products which enable ``cybermalls'' on the public Internet today, companies can simplify electronic software distribution and billing and the purchasing of supplies by providing an internal web-based mall which includes all approved products for purchase.

Denis Arnaud