Overheard: Word of the Day


June 29, 2010  12:42 PM

Overheard talking about business intelligence

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“Business intelligence (BI) applications offer the promise to be the focal point to customer intelligence across multiple data sources. But, BI efforts often highlight how poor customer data quality really is — leaving users scrambling to fight a losing battle to keep customer data clean and updated.”

William Band, The Top Eight Customer Management Trends For 2010

June 8, 2010  6:35 PM

Overheard talking about ITAR and EAR compliance

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Organizations in certain industries will not tolerate the incursion of iPads and iPhones into their IT infrastructure because of compliance reasons.

Kevin McDonald, iPads force their way into corporate IT

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is ITAR and EAR compliance.

“On the HIPAA side and in ITAR, [customers] were booting iPhones,” McDonald said. “We’re removing them in favor of the Blackberry.” (ITAR refers to the U.S. State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations, which outlaw the export of critical technologies that could be used against the U.S.)

“You can’t centrally manage them or control the apps,” McDonald said. “You can’t remote-delete with any assurance. And in an environment where you absolutely must prove where the data goes and where it’s stored, if it’s encrypted, you cannot do that with an iPhone or iPad.”

In short, the strength of the iPad and iPhone — the availability of thousands of apps — is also their weakness when it comes to security. To be fair, Google’s Android phones fall into the same trap, McDonald said.


June 4, 2010  12:05 PM

Overheard talking about N+1 UPS

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Modular systems let you plug in UPS capacity as you need it. Incrementally enabled systems provide the same end result, but are shipped with the extra capacity already installed, but disabled. It’s activated via software or firmware when you’re ready. These systems all grow differently, but the principles are the same — add capacity and pay for it when you need it.

Robert McFarlane, How to choose the right uninterruptible power supply for your data center

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is N+1 UPS.


June 3, 2010  4:15 PM

Overheard talking about non-governmental organizations

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
ISO is a non-governmental organization. As such, its standards are voluntary, but many of its member institutes are part of the governmental structures of their countries, and ISO standards have found their way into many laws. Information technology professionals are probably familiar with the ISO/IEC 27000 series of standards for IT security management.

Linda Tucci, FAQ: An introduction to the ISO 31000 risk management standard

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is non-governmental organization.


June 2, 2010  12:24 PM

Overheard talking about the Library of Medicine

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The Library’s main portal for consumer health information is MedlinePlus, available in both English and Spanish. MedlinePlus has comprehensive, up-to-date, easy-to-read information on nearly 800 health topics. It also provides interactive health tutorials and a collection of surgery videos, as well as information about thousands of prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medicines.

David R. Donohue, M.A., NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE FACT SHEET

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is National Library of Medicine.


June 1, 2010  12:40 PM

Overheard talking about the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act

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Our reliance on the conveniences of remote access, and the ability of our networked control systems to reduce costs and manpower needs, have led to weaknesses that are being exploited daily by our opponents.

Melissa Hathaway, Government Must Keep Pace with Cybersecurity Threats

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Cybersecurity Enhancement Act 2009. Melissa Hathaway does an excellent job summarizing all the cybersecurity legislation efforts currently in place.


May 27, 2010  2:41 PM

Overheard talking about federal portfolio management

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
The next time you start a project, begin by creating stakeholder groups, indentifying which stakeholder belongs to each group. Next, initiate the communications process with the main stakeholders before even launching the project. If you don’t have a solid communications link with your stakeholders, then your project is poised for failure.

Danielle and Nelson Ruest, Communication with IT project stakeholders is key to success

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is federal portfolio management.


May 26, 2010  11:56 AM

Overheard talking about rugged IT

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Cisco says the new smart grid products are “ruggedized” for the electrical network, can tolerate higher and lower temperatures than its traditional network gear, include a high level of security, and can help integrate renewables, detect network outages and migrate older proprietary gear to IP network gear.

Katie Fehrenbacher, The Sleeping Giant Awakes: Cisco Launches First Smart Grid Products

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is rugged IT.

If you’ve been wondering (like we have) what exactly networking giant Cisco planned to sell to utilities for the smart grid, ponder no longer. Cisco announced its first smart grid-specific products on Tuesday, including a router and grid switch, which are based on its traditional networking products but have been built specifically for the utility environment.


May 24, 2010  1:55 PM

Overheard talking about SmartBUY government software procurement

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“If I could say one sentence to Barack Obama, it would be, ‘Sir, our government’s extreme reliance on outsourcing software development to third parties is a threat to national security.’”

Marcus Ranum, Should the Government Stop Outsourcing Code Development?

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is SmartBUY.

“As an industry, we know how to provide security assurance in software and systems. But most of the time, we don’t care; commercial software, as insecure as it is, is good enough for most purposes.” – Bruce Schneier


May 21, 2010  12:44 PM

Overheard talking about Peppermint

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
Peppermint combines the base Linux operating system with a number of cloud-based applications and services. The result is a lightweight distribution, but with integrated access to some of the most popular online apps. Better yet, Peppermint uses Mozilla Labs Prism so the cloud-based software looks and acts like desktop software.

Matthew Humphries, Cloud-focused Peppermint Linux OS now available

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Peppermint.


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