A CDE Definition
The head, starting point or input side in a system. For example, it may refer to the graphical interface on a user's workstation where all data are entered or to a communications system, such as a front end processor or TP monitor that accepts incoming transactions and messages. See back end.
The support components of an information system. It often refers to the database management system (DBMS), which is the storehouse of the data residing in a server. It may also refer to the software in a Web server or application server that performs the processing initiated by a person using a Web browser (client side). See DBMS, Web server and application server.
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