Overheard: Word of the Day

A Whatis.com blog


April 30, 2010  2:38 PM

Overheard talking about desktop as a service (DaaS)



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
desktop as a service, VDI
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



Posted by: 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



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
hosting, SaaS, software-as-a-service
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



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
business analytics, unstructured data
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



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
electronic health records, healthcare IT
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…


April 17, 2010  11:27 AM

Overheard talking about TechStat



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
government IT
Part of what we want to do in the government is to not just terminate projects but make sure we turn them around so they deliver on their business cases.

Vivek Kundra, Failure to produce results puts IT projects on the chopping block

Government 2.0 could just be called Government BPM but it’s not as sexy or glittery in a headline. Also, Government BPM sounds kind of medical…blood pressure management? Although in a real sense, that’s exactly what it is. Getting information to flow throughout the government in a healthy, manageable way. The technology is just a means to an end. It also sounds a little like bowel movement though, and that’s not good. Better stick with Government 2.0 and leave everyone trying to guess what exactly it is.

The TechStat initiative brings OMB officials and agency leaders together for in-person meetings to review IT Dashboard results and feedback from citizens. After a TechStat session, OMB takes action on underperforming projects by canceling, halting or overhauling them.

I wonder if there’s any authority behind TechStat. Need to find out. Can they pull the plug on funding? Or is it just a PR move to keep citizens happy and scare IT project managers into getting their act together or pulling the plug themselves?


April 16, 2010  6:36 PM

Overheard talking about Trusted Internet Connections (TIC)



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
government IT
“A single gateway represents a single point of failure, something that could bring a whole range of mission-critical business functions to a halt — unless some sort of fail-over redundancy is in place. And with fewer gateways, the servers must take on larger loads, and they are likely to require higher specs that could be more costly. They must be configured efficiently so that they don’t become bottlenecks.”

Michael Cobb, Is security improved when the number of Internet gateways is reduced?

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Trusted Internet Connections.  The United States government would like to limit the number of public Internet connection points to 50, with each Agency having approximately two gateways.


April 15, 2010  2:57 PM

Overheard talking about Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC)



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
NASA would like to note that future guidance and configurations must keep pace with industry updates in common operating systems and applications. The FDCC technical guidance and policy releases tend to lag behind software releases. In order to remain relevant and viable, FDCC technical and policy development must advance at the pace of Federal Agency procurements of new commercial software.

Linda Cureton, Chief Information Officer, Agencies Need to Implement Federal Desktop Core Configuration Requirements

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC).


April 14, 2010  5:43 PM

Overheard talking about Einstein



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Einstein, government IT, instrustion detection, Security
“What is different is that we’re going to have comprehensive coverage across federal networks, and that all the information about potential intrusions or malicious code will flow to a central point, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team at DHS.”

Robert Jamison, as quoted in Analysis: Einstein and U.S. cybersecurity

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


April 13, 2010  7:02 PM

Overheard talking about Amalga



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
healthcare IT
”overheard” In all the fervent testimonials to the benefits of automated and optimized medical practice, the panel seemed to be glossing over a roadblock familiar to CIOs of any industry: users who might not cotton to an automated system.

Linda Tucci, Electronic health record adoption an issue for health care CIOs

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


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