Overheard: Word of the Day


May 12, 2010  3:22 PM

Overheard talking about Section 508

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“One of the most painstaking web programming tasks is achieving web accessibility. Although estimates vary, between 5 and 10% of Web users have some sort of accessibility need.”

Nick Kellett, Sharepoint Accessibility

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Section 508.  According to a Sharepoint tutorial on SearchWinDevelopment.com, SharePoint 2007 outputs a lot of code that is not compliant with Section 508 or other accessibility regulations.

May 10, 2010  3:05 PM

Overheard talking about text mining

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Not surprisingly, analyzing unstructured content across the enterprise is an expensive undertaking. If it weren’t, the mega-vendors like SAP and IBM probably wouldn’t be interested in it.

Jeff Kelly, Calculating text analytics ROI: Start small and focus on customer data

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is text mining.


May 6, 2010  1:38 PM

Overheard talking about 100 Gigabit Ethernet

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While 100 Gigabit Ethernet is the key for the service provider core, we believe better economics will drive adoption of 40 Gigabit in enterprise data centers.

Kevin Wade, Force10 Networks lays out 40 Gigabit Ethernet switching roadmap

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is 100 Gigabit Ethernet.


May 4, 2010  12:50 PM

Overheard talking about business analytics

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Business intelligence is sort of a marketing term that was made up to say, well, we can’t call ourselves a query and reporting company, we need to call ourselves something different. Let’s call ourselves “business” … um … make it ‘business intelligence.’

Dr. Jim Goodnight, SAS data analytics offers much more than BI from IBM, SAP

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the day is business analytics.

This is an interesting term because nobody seems to agree whether there’s really a difference between business intelligence and business analytics — except the vendors.  Is BA just marketing hype to convince people to start buying software again?  Are BA products so different that they deserve a new name — or are vendors just rebranding a new and improved BI product?

An interesting observation from Dr. Goodnight has me thinking:

The growing popularity of analytics has been spurred in part by the demise of ERP. Most large companies already have their ERP systems in place and are looking for ways to get useful information out of those systems.

The demise of ERP? Another buzzword bites the dust and out of the ashes rises Business Analytics?

I sort of picture BA as a service that would aggregate all the unstructured data from disparate sources and hooks up to your traditional ERP so you can see both structured and unstructured data and create queries on the fly.

The promise of having this magical power is truly awesome. I think they should have picked a different name though. If I were a BA vendor, I’d call my new magic software “Actional Analytics.” It has a super-hero vibe.


May 3, 2010  2:36 PM

Overheard talking about cyberextortion

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CSIS surveyed more than 600 IT and security executives who work for many of the companies that run critical infrastructure facilities. The survey found that one-in-five critical infrastructure entities reported being the victim of extortion through cyberattack or threatened cyberattack within the past two years.

Robert Westervelt, Security expert predicts criminals to take cyber extortion tactics to the U.S.

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


April 30, 2010  2:38 PM

Overheard talking about desktop as a service (DaaS)

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To create a true DaaS offering, a VDI environment needs a solid management framework, and the battle for this has just begun.

Brad Maltz, Virtual desktop infrastructures and the private cloud

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is desktop as a service.


April 29, 2010  7:23 PM

Overheard talking about a straw man argument and SOA

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
These are the situations where the SOA moniker is a straw man: “I was doing XYZ and called it SOA even though it wasn’t… XYZ failed, therefore SOA failed.” Well, we don’t have the time or money to play such games any more. SOA isn’t dead — what’s dead is the fake SOA straw man.

Jason Bloomberg, The rumors of SOA’s demise…

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is straw man.


April 28, 2010  6:10 PM

Overheard talking about multi-tenancy

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In the early days of application hosting, service companies found themselves in the business of hosting individual instances of each application, meaning that each customer presented an altogether new application. The result was that there were no economies of scale, and individual customers were on individual instances of enterprise applications, frequently on individual server systems.

Daniel Taylor, Managed services for enterprise mobility

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is multi-tenancy.


April 27, 2010  6:08 PM

Overheard talking about unstructured data

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Unstructured data growth shows no signs of abating. It will make up the bulk of data growth in the data center in 2010, driving IT to take a long hard look at unified storage platforms, scale-out NAS and cloud storage services to alleviate the strain.”

Terri McClure, as quoted in NAS systems evolve to cope with unstructured data growth

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is unstructured data.


April 26, 2010  2:49 PM

Overheard talking about computerized physician order entry

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Doctors hate doing data entry. The faster it is to put in the data, the better the system from a doc’s perspective. The rub is that the most flexible and intuitive record to use is a blank sheet of paper.

Dr. Peter Deane, as quoted in Implementing EHR technology is easy; physician buy-in can be hard

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is computerized physician order entry (CPOE)

Because data entry is the principal point of conflict, what is the best method of data entry? Despite such technologies as handwriting recognition, speech recognition, touch-screen and stylus, the traditional pairing of keyboard and mouse is still the fastest and most reliable input method…


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