Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

April 28, 2010  6:10 PM

Overheard talking about multi-tenancy

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
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

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
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

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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)

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“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)

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: 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

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“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

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
”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

April 12, 2010  11:26 AM

Overheard talking about MultiSpeak

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MultiSpeak is a schema that establishes a set of standard interface specifications and defines data entities and their attributes. For example, the “Customer” entity has 14 attributes, including: customer first name, last name, home phone number, billing address, and customer id number.

Greg Wolven, WIN Energy: A Case Study in using MultiSpeak to Enable Best of Breed Software Selection

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

WIN Energy chose MultiSpeak as the vehicle to enable a Best of Breed strategy and optimize the way the cooperative does business. WIN Energy can now select the various software technologies that are the best fit for the utility and, as long as the software packages are MultiSpeak compliant, they will function together regardless of software version upgrades. WIN Energy’s first MultiSpeak implementation between its accounting system, NISC’s CAPSXL+, and its automated field staking package, MiniMax’s StakeOut, was both highly successful and its first step towards a truly system-wide approach.

April 12, 2010  10:08 AM

Overheard talking about the 8 principles for Gov 2.0

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I really liked the PowerPoint on Transparency and Open Government put together by SanFrancisco’s CIO Chris Vein and CTO Blair Adams. The show is interesting visually and they do a great job documenting how the city/county of SanFrancisco is addressing challenges.

Here are their 8 Principles for Gov 2.0

• Complete
– All public data are made available. Public data are not data
that are subject to valid privacy, security or privilege

• Primary
– Data are collected at the source, with the finest possible
level of granularity, not in aggregate or modified forms.

• Timely
– Data are made available as quickly as necessary to preserve
the value of the data

• Accessible
– Data are available to the widest range of users for the
widest range of purposes.

• Machine Processable
– Data are reasonably structured to allow automated processing.

• Non-Discriminatory
–Data are available for anyone, with no requirement of

• Non-Proprietary
–Data are available in a format over which no entity has exclusive

• License-Free
–Data are not subject to any copyright, patent, trademark, or
trade secret regulation. Reasonable privacy, security and privilege
restrictions may be allowed.

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