Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com


September 21, 2009  6:31 PM

Overheard – Security information management (SIM)

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“I thought I would find bad guys, but in the end I found good guys doing bad things.”

Denny Dean, SIEM: Not for small business, nor the faint of heart

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is security information management (SIM).

September 18, 2009  2:26 PM

Overheard – Augmented reality

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augmented reality “Imagine if everything you pointed your phone at – from people to pets, shops to mountains – had its own ‘bubble’ of information. It sounds like science fiction, but augmented reality is already here.”

Anna Leach, Augmented reality: Even better than the real thing?

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is augmented reality.


September 17, 2009  12:51 PM

Overheard – Soft skills

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“Soft skills are usually identified by phrases such as ‘must be able to work well under pressure’ or ‘must work well in a team environment.’ While many applicants consider such statements to be nothing more than an indication of the work environment, it is in fact a statement of the soft skills being sought.”

Will Smith, Skills employers seek in job candidates

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is soft skills.


September 16, 2009  2:45 PM

Overheard – Application security

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Those who are new to application security may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of assessment options, each with its own aficionados touting the merits of their favorite assessment type.

Rohit Sethi and Nish Bhalla, Vulnerability test methods for application security assessments

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is application security.


September 15, 2009  6:36 PM

Overheard – Standardizing mobile device management

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“In the world of mobile device management, standards are relatively new, just like the technology…The first wave of real standardization was from the Open Mobile Alliance in the form of OMA-CP, Client Provisioning protocol.”

Jason Lackaye, Standards: Conformity at Any Cost?

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is mobile device management.


September 14, 2009  5:32 PM

Overheard – PCI compliance

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“In our view, if you peel off all the layers around the PCI Data Security Standards, you will see it for what it is in significant part, a tool to shift risk off the banks’ and credit card companies’ balance sheets and place it on others.”

Dave Hogan, as quoted in Cybersecurity hearing highlights inadequacy of PCI DSS

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is PCI compliance.


September 11, 2009  3:20 PM

Overheard – IT chargeback

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“Provisioning a virtual machine (VM) takes considerably less time than provisioning a physical server, for instance, but it can also throw a monkey wrench into how companies are used to charging business departments for services rendered.”

Christina Torode, Virtual server management vs. physical servers: What’s the difference?

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


September 10, 2009  1:00 PM

Overheard – Web self-service

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“More and more organizations are finding that, while a dedicated customer service staff is still an integral part of any company, customers can do a fine job answering questions and service issues for themselves and for one another.”

Barney Beal, SaaS CRM vendors get serious about Web self-service features

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Web self-service.


September 9, 2009  6:15 PM

Overheard – virtual switch

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“If vMotion moves a workload from one machine to another to balance out load or to recover from failure, that’s great.  But if you have to manually go back and reconfigure the switches, that’s not so good.”

Joe Skorupa, as quoted in Virtual network switches add scalability to server virtualization

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is virtual switch.


September 8, 2009  5:01 PM

Theory of Obliquity – why there’s more than one way to skin the cat

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A lot of business executives get confused on what the goal is. They think shareholder value is the goal. Shareholder value is a consequence of the goal.

Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt as quoted in What Is Your Management Model?

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is the Theory of Obliquity.  synonym for “indirect.”  Basically, this theory, which was first articulated by British economist John Kay, proposes that if you are working with a complex system and are trying to achieve an end goal, you need to focus on the most important contributing factors.  It’s like the old saying “Count your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.”

Here’s how Eric Schmidt describes it:

When we were trying to prioritize projects, I thought, how would I articulate the four or five goals of the company?  What’s the No. 1 one goal of the company?  It’s end-user happiness with search.  No. 2: End-user happiness with advertising.  Three: The construction of the Google network of partners to effectuate the first two.  And four: to scale the business.  Then I realized that none of the things that I’m supposed to be doing as CEO — maximizing revenue and shareholder value — are the goals of the company.  So I now explain myself by saying that you will eventually get extraordinary returns for your shareholders and maximize advertiser happiness if all those goals happen.  A lot of business executives get confused on what the goal is. They think shareholder value is the goal. Shareholder value is a consequence of the goal.


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