Overheard: Word of the Day


September 6, 2012  7:14 PM

Canary testing definition

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“Canary-ing is what you do after you’re done testing. It’s how you roll changes out. After you have decided that this has been tested, you now roll it out to a small percentage and watch very carefully.”Thomas Bushnell

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is canary. It’s a very quiet push of code to a small select group of end users who have not opted in to test code.

September 5, 2012  6:42 PM

Piezoelectricity definition

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“Just imagine if all sidewalks, paths, corridors and floor spaces were constructed of piezoelectric tiles. This trending technology could be the key to helping CIOs run an energy-efficient and sustainable business. For example, the energy created from swivel chairs constantly rolling across piezoelectric tiles could operate low-power applications in offices. On a grand scale, a CIO could run an entire energy-savings system from the foot traffic of company employees.” – Wendy Schuchart

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is piezoelectricity.  It’s the ability of certain materials to generate an AC (alternating current) voltage when subjected to mechanical stress or vibration.


September 4, 2012  3:21 PM

Pinterest definition

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“Pinning photos of switches and other IT equipment might not be the answer, but channel partners can pin graphics of network architecture, complex code or detailed product diagrams.”Rachel Shuster

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Pinterest, a social curation website for sharing and categorizing images found online.  If you are the kind of person who rips things out of magazines, you’re going to love this site.  Better get there quick — before marketers discover how to use the site to reach potential customers and change it from a grass roots site into a slick marketing machine.


August 31, 2012  8:20 PM

Results only workplace environment (ROWE) definition

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“Whether someone comes in to work at 11 and leaves at 7, it doesn’t matter. What they’re doing is bringing results. That’s what matters.”Katie Bardaro

Today’s Word of the Day is ROWE (results only workplace environment). You do you work and it doesn’t matter when — as long as you don’t cause a bottleneck for your co-workers. Happy Labor Day everyone!


August 30, 2012  9:27 PM

Electronic intensive care unit (eICU) definition

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“Advocate Health Care tackled prevention of central-line infections by setting up an electronic intensive care unit in which nurses remotely monitored camera feeds from three of its hospital ICUs during central-line insertion…When monitors gathered their data and fed findings to the ICUs on how to improve protocol adherence, central-line infections dropped.”Don Fluckinger

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is eICU, a form of telemedicine that uses state of the art technology to provide an additional layer of critical care service.


August 30, 2012  9:07 PM

in-memory database definition

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quotes and quotations “In-memory database caching technology holds information within random access memory (RAM) where it is more easily accessed by applications. The technology leads to increased speed and greater scalability because applications spend less time reading data stored on disks.” – Mark Brunelli

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is in-memory database, a database whose data is stored in main memory to facilitate faster query response times.


August 28, 2012  2:32 PM

Call tree definition

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“Your call list should have designated backups for each key individual and multiple contact information for them as well. If you are using a call tree, make sure that you have a loop back so that the last person on the list will confirm that the call was made.”Harvey Betan

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the day is call tree. A call tree — sometimes referred to a phone tree, call list, phone chain or text chain — is a telecommunications chain for sharing news.  In the enterprise, a call tree can be carried out with software that automatically attempts to reach individuals on the contact list.  If the call tree is done manually, the last person on the list should contact the first person on the list to complete the chain.


August 27, 2012  4:50 PM

BYOA (bring your own apps)

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“It is inevitable people will use these apps for personal and business use. The challenge for enterprise IT departments is balancing the productivity gains of BYOA with the security and business continuity risks,” – Rodney Gedda

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is BYOA (bring your own apps).  BYOA may prove to be a bigger security threat than BYOD (bring your own device) ever was.


August 20, 2012  6:18 PM

Exchange Server 2013

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“Exchange 2013 appears to be more evolutionary than revolutionary…The new features seem to specifically address the shortcomings of Exchange 2010 and should make life easier for administrators and users alike..” – Brian Posey

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Microsoft Exchange Server 2013. It’s currently available in preview mode.


August 20, 2012  4:26 PM

Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT)

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“The core CSIRT team can include representatives from major operating system groups, a network engineer and a member from the application group, for example. Ad hoc team members could be a person from the specific group involved in the potential data breach.” – Nick Lewis

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is CSIRT (pronounced “see-sert”).  The acronym stands for Computer Security Incident Response Team, an organizational group composed of IT, legal, human resources and corporate management.

CSIRT members usually have high security clearances within the organization and getting that clearance for “the right people” can be a big pain point.  The solution? Get  your core CSIRT team certified and waiting in the wings — and then pull in everyone else you need on an “ad-hoc” basis when the you-know-what hits the fan.


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