Word of the Day Archive


August 5, 2010  1:23 PM

Keys to the Internet

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“Well, the design of the system is pretty smart,” said Ritchie. “If something were to happen, there’d be time to round people up. There’s unlikely to be the sort of emergency where everything’s wiped out at one moment.”

And if there was such an emergency?

“Then we probably have bigger things to worry about than the Internet.”

Norm Ritchie as quoted in The Canadian who holds the key to the Internet

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is keys to the Internet

July 21, 2010  10:48 AM

Business Rules Management System

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“The appellation Business Rule Management System (BRMS), after all, is merely a rebranding of the lesser named Business Rule Engine (BRE); in most cases the vendor simply made the change to reflect the fashion of the times rather than provide a specific set of tools that reflect the grander moniker. Now, it is quite true that the modern BRMS sports some niftier capabilities than the BRE of yore; but these are mainly extensions to the capabilities of the BRE in the field of rule execution.”

Barbara von Halle and Larry Goldberg, A BRMS is not a BDMS: Ten Ways in Which Dealing Business Rules Vendors can be Frustrating for Business Analysts


July 13, 2010  4:47 PM

IT Chargeback

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“Chargeback is based on the premise that if CIOs make the cost of IT visible to people, they will buy less. They will naturally control their own demand. What we have seen out of chargeback is that all people do is wind up arguing about the price.”

Mark McDonald, as quoted in Supply demand IT vs. IT chargeback


July 6, 2010  7:15 PM

Prince says the Internet is outdated

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“The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.  The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.”

Prince as quoted in Prince – world exclusive interview: Peter Willis goes inside the star’s secret world


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

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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.


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