Business Application Definition

In this chapter, business application refers to any application that is important to running your business. Business applications can range from large line-of-business systems to specialized tools. Consider all the applications that run on either client computers or servers, including commercial off-the-shelf products, customized third-party systems, and internally developed systems.


Although this chapter frequently refers to client-based applications, the methods and issues covered apply to both server-based and client-based applications.

If your organization is like many others, you might find more applications than you have time to test. In this case, you need to prioritize them and then test the ones that are critical to your core business operations. For more information about how to prioritize applications, see "Identifying and Prioritizing Business Applications" later in this chapter.