Overheard: Word of the Day


August 14, 2012  1:00 AM

Word of the Day: Nexus 7

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“The Google Nexus 7 is not only the first device to run the new Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, it’s also Google’s response to the Amazon Kindle Fire and the latest entry in the consumption/budget tablet market. ” – Grant Hatchimonji

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Nexus 7,  a tablet PC developed jointly by Google and Asus. Two versions were released in July 2012:  the 8 GB (gigabytes) version sells for $199 and the 16 GB version sells for $249.

August 13, 2012  1:00 AM

Word of the Day: data recovery

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“When disaster strikes and you need to recover your environment, you need to be able to do so swiftly and with 100% success. There is no room for error and no option to redo it — you only have one shot at making it work…The solution has to be designed with the possibility in mind that the person executing the recovery is not the person who designed and/or implemented it.” – Ashish Nadkarni

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is data recovery, the process of restoring data that has been lost, accidentally deleted, corrupted or made inaccessible for some reason.


August 10, 2012  12:48 PM

Word of the Day: iCrime, otherwise known as Apple picking

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” After pressure from police departments, the wireless industry is moving to adopt a national registry system that would deny service to such devices. The idea is simple: When a smartphone is reported stolen, its ID number goes into a database. When another user tries to make a call or download data, the device pops up on the blacklist and the carrier denies service.” – Rolfe Winkler

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is iCrime (Apple picking).  According to New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly, 40% of the mobile devices stolen in NYC are made by Apple.

 


August 9, 2012  12:55 AM

NERC CIP standards protect North America’s bulk electric system

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“Though nominally directed at “critical infrastructure,” the NERC CIP is all about management of cyber assets (IT infrastructure) — the systems that support the operation of the bulk electric system.”Scot Petersen

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is NERC CIP. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection plan is a set of 9 standards and 45 requirements designed to secure the assets required for operating North America’s bulk electric system.


August 7, 2012  10:09 PM

WhatIs.com Word of the Day: SIPOC diagram

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“The SIPOC is a key tool used in the Define phase of a [Six Sigma] DMAIC project. It provides clarity for the project team and stakeholders regarding the process boundaries, the customers for the process outputs, and the suppliers for the process inputs. ” – Heidi Wiesenfelder

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is SIPOC diagram, a tool for mapping a business process. Basically it’s five columns labeled suppliers, inputs, process, outputs and customers. You start in the middle with “process” and then work your way out, filling in the rest of the columns.  Once the diagram has been filled out, it helps everyone on the team to see the business process the same way from beginning to end.

See also: business process discoverybusiness process modeling


August 6, 2012  2:02 PM

WhatIs.com Word of the Day: project scope

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“In traditional project management, the project ends when the scope is complete. Success is determined by whether first, the scope is complete; and second and third, whether it’s completed on schedule and on budget…The agile method is flexible on scope, but holds schedule and budget constant.” — Joseph Flahiff

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is project scope, the part of project planning that involves determining — and documenting — a list of specific project goals, deliverables, tasks, costs and deadlines. During the project, this documentation helps the project team remain focused and on task. The scope statement also provides the project team with guidelines for making decisions about change requests during the project.


August 3, 2012  6:47 AM

Racemi

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“CloudSwitch, Racemi DynaCenter 4.0 and Citrix NetScaler Cloud Bridge are three tools that help move applications among clouds. These tools do not require modifications, and they allow applications to be managed as though they are still running in a private cloud.” — Bill Claybrook

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Racemi, a data center software vendor that specializes incloud provisioning and cloud migration products.


August 2, 2012  10:48 PM

IT service catalog

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“As a service catalog is created, the CIO can start to see where the organization has redundancies, or if there are high-cost services with low demand that can be outsourced at a lower cost.” – Craig Symons

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is IT service catalog. An IT service catalog contains information about deliverables, prices, contact points and processes for requesting a service. Typically a catalog will have two views, a customer-facing view in which services are explained in plain English — and a technical view that documents exactly what is required to deliver each service in the catalog.


August 1, 2012  6:31 PM

PICK chart

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“If the team decides that it is important that an idea be ranked as ‘extremely hard’ or ‘very high payoff’, you can make a note of that or place it along a quadrant accordingly, but try to encourage team members to think of the chart as only 4 choices. Ranking the ideas along a continuous scale is a waste of time since the relative ranking is not going to be recorded and analytical people tend to argue too much about where exactly along the scale an item belongs.” – Jon Wittwer

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is PICK chart, a visual tool for organizing ideas after brainstorming sessions. A PICK chart can to help an individual or group identify which ideas can be implemented easily and have a high payoff.


July 31, 2012  12:16 PM

Outlook Anywhere

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“For me, the biggest benefit is the ability to use existing certificates and SSL port rules used by Outlook Web App, providing OWA is already configured. There is no requirement to add additional firewall rules just for Outlook client access.” – Tom Phillips

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Outlook Anywhere, formerly known as RPC over HTTP.  Outlook Anywhere allows Exchange administrators to use Group Policy and the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to manage how end users outside the corporate domain can connect to corporate Exchange servers without a VPN connection.


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