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The Client Tier

The client tier is the “face” that you associate with Crystal Enterprise. A particular end user might think of the Web Desktop application page that shows up in her Web browser as Crystal Enterprise. However, Crystal Enterprise has many faces, each distinct and useful. By adopting a flexible approach toward potential client applications, Crystal Enterprise offers a system architect diverse means of sharing information with diverse audiences: an executive receives a text message on his cellular phone with the latest profitability statistics; a shipping clerk receives an order on the workgroup printer; a supplier company receives an XML file with detailed order specifications. These are but a few faces of Crystal Enterprise.

To begin categorizing the client tier, define three groups of audiences that will use client applications: the end user, content creator, and administrator. Although these groups are not mutually exclusive (a particular person can have all three roles), this distinction helps to explore important dimensions of each.


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