File management comprises the functions that collect, organize, store, retrieve, and manipulate data maintained in traditional file-oriented data processing environments. We have already noted that business event data processing systems collect, process, and store data. So, admittedly, there is an overlap between these two environments, for data used by the system must physically reside somewhere! This section concentrates on file management. We see how data are managed—particularly how data are stored and retrieved, knowing that part of file management is undertaken by Information Systems underlying Order-to-Cash, Purchase-to-Pay, and other business processes. Thus, file management supports the generation of reports associated with traditional transaction processing systems.
What is file management?