Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

June 20, 2017  7:17 PM


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medikiosk, telehealth

A kiosk (pronounced KEE-ahsk) is a small, free-standing physical structure that displays information or provides a service. Kiosks can be manned or unmanned and unmanned kiosks can be digital or non-digital. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The early success of self-service health kiosks, as well as the increased costs of healthcare, is opening the door for a new wave of low-cost and convenient health screenings.” – Reda Chouffani

Learning Center
Rise of retail health kiosks enables greater patient engagement
More retail stores are beginning to offer self-service health kiosks that allow customers to conveniently check their vital signs during a shopping trip.

Healthcare kiosk showcased by Dell, Bay State Hospital
A healthcare kiosk powered by Dell telemedicine technology is showcased at Baystate Health’s health IT incubator. The kiosk enables telecheckups.

Virtual assistants part of expanding patient engagement
The widespread availability of smartphone virtual assistants may clear a path for their use in healthcare.

Making customer connections with interactive digital marketing
Talking digital marketing trends, digital signage, personalization and why customer engagement is the new name of the game with Jesse Cooper, co-founder of MetroClick.

Internet of Medical Things improves patient experience
Healthcare providers are using the Internet of Medical Things to improve the patient experience, from tracking people in surgery to remote monitoring.

Trending Terms
employee self-service
customer self-service
Internet of Medical Things
remote patient monitoring
community computing

Writing for Business
The ___________ records of UK offenders are now available electronically.
a. health care
b. healthcare

June 19, 2017  2:33 PM

serverless backup

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Serverless computing

A serverless backup is a type of network-based backup that seeks to limit the role of production servers in backup procedures. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Serverless backups offload the backup overhead from production servers while also helping to expedite the backup process.” – Brien Posey

Learning Center
Serverless architectures offer more than a catchy buzzword
To understand the innovation behind serverless architectures, start by exploring the abstraction and scalability benefits they delivers over traditional infrastructure.

An introduction to serverless backups
A serverless backup is a general term for a backup in which a production server is not involved (or is minimally involved) in the backup process. Taking production servers out of the backup process can increase backup efficiency. This tip outlines how serverless backups are performed today.

Serverless deployment spells fresh opportunities for IT ops
Serverless deployment will become a tool for IT ops pros to offer developers alongside traditional infrastructures.

FAQ: Serverless backup
Our site experts define serverless backup, explain the difference between LAN-free backups and serverless backups, and tell how to design a server-free backup architecture.

Function as a service, or serverless computing: Cloud’s next big act?
What is function as a service, aka serverless computing, and why do CIOs need to know about it?

Trending Terms
storage area network
disk image
Dell EMC NetWorker
image-based backup
serverless computing
storage snapshot

Writing for Business
Serverless computing can significantly bring down costs since you’re not paying for servers 24/7, _________ of whether they are actively serving requests.
A. irregardless
B. regardless

June 16, 2017  2:25 PM

native cloud application (NCA)

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Native application

A native cloud application (NCA) is a program that is designed specifically for a cloud computing architecture. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Cloud-native applications leverage the cloud-native features and APIs, which should provide a more efficient use of underlying resources.” – David Linthicum

Learning Center
Developing cloud applications must play by the rules — all 12 of them
Scalability isn’t enough when developing cloud applications. They need to be self-healing, self-restarting and able to recover their last state.

Cloud-native apps trigger a sea change in private cloud deployment
Private cloud deployment has always been important, especially for hybrid cloud. But in the future, as cloud-native apps become the norm, there will be a strategy shift.

The 12-Factor App is cloud-native development for dummies
People in the cloud-native computing space are selling the 12-Factor app mantra to Java developers like it’s something new. It’s not, so don’t buy into it.

Why cross-platform mobile app development tools beat hybrid, native
A developer compares hybrid and JavaScript-native mobile app development tools with iOS and Android native dev tools in this podcast.

Choosing an IaaS provider for traditional vs. cloud native apps
When choosing an IaaS provider, carefully consider your application portfolio, including your current and future mix of cloud native vs. traditional apps.

Trending Terms
Web app
cloud application
horizontal scalability
mobile cloud applications

Writing for Business
I prefer native apps ___ Web apps because they’re customized for my smartphone.
a. than
b. to

June 14, 2017  8:58 PM

erasure coding

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Erasure coding, Object storage, RAID

Erasure coding (EC) is a method of data protection in which data is broken into fragments, expanded and encoded with redundant data pieces and stored across a set of different locations or storage media. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“You don’t need RAID if you’re using erasure coding because it provides better resilience and better durability than RAID.” – Marc Staimer

Learning Center
Erasure coding vs RAID as a data protection method
Erasure coding breaks data into chunks that can be reassembled to rebuild files in cases of data loss. It is mooted as a potential successor to RAID and backup software.

Hitachi Content Platform 8 focuses on cutting storage cost
Hitachi Content Platform 8 adds support for 10 TB HDDs, geographically distributed erasure coding, KVM hypervisors and new licensing model.

What you need to know about erasure code use in the enterprise
This guide features interviews with experts who explore how erasure code technology will have an impact on enterprise IT and its importance in protecting unstructured data.

Erasure coding vs. RAID: Benefits and challenges
The choice of erasure coding vs. RAID may come down to your storage capacity. Watch this video to help you select the right data protection method.

Data protection systems for primary storage
Today’s primary storage systems offer built-in data protection systems with snapshots, replication, mirroring and erasure coding that can ease backup, and possibly eliminate it.

Trending Terms
polynomial interpolation
forward error correction
archival storage
object storage

Writing for Business
An erasure coding scheme is defined by the erasure code’s ______ and controls the maximum number of fragments that can be lost while keeping the ability to retrieve the data.
A. perimeters
B. parameters

June 13, 2017  7:22 PM

Wave Analytics

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data visualiation, salesforce

Wave Analytics is a business intelligence (BI) platform from Salesforce.com that is optimized for mobile access and data visualization. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Wave can ingest all data from diverse data sets and effectively create the benefits of denormalized data on the fly.” – Adam Bataran

Learning Center
To update its insurance agency software, Farmers went with Salesforce
To modernize its web presence and claims process, Farmers Insurance updated its insurance agency software with Salesforce.

Salesforce Wave Analytics App integrates with B2B marketing
By integrating third-party applications, Salesforce Wave Analytics App is expected to make data and insight more actionable for customers.

Companies still struggle to unlock customer data analytics insight
Customer data analytics is the new black in sales, marketing and service. Companies know understanding customer data will lead to success in the future.

Accenture serves up data for all via Salesforce Wave analytics
Accenture went from no CRM to having 25,000 users on Salesforce Sales Cloud within five months. Next up, data for all via Salesforce Wave Analytics.

Business analytics tools help music-identifying app uncover insights
With the adoption of business analytics tools, Shazam’s global offices now all receive the same data reports and can more easily spot trends.

Trending Terms
data visualization
mobile first
business intelligence
data analytics
predictive analytics
Salesforce Einstein

Writing for Business
The ability to visualize data is important now and will only become _______ in the future.
a. more so
b. moreso

June 12, 2017  2:42 PM

EU Data Protection Directive

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GDPR, privacy

EU Data Protection Directive is a regulation adopted by the European Union to protect the privacy and protection of all personal data collected for or about citizens of the EU, especially as it relates to processing, using, or exchanging such data. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“All too often, people view personal data as just another piece of information that they are working with — a commodity. However, this data represents a real person and should therefore be respected.” – Elizabeth Maxwell

Learning Center
Risk & Repeat: GDPR compliance clock is ticking
This Risk & Repeat podcast examines the mounting pressure around GDPR compliance and the looming deadline approaching for enterprises.

EU GDPR compliance puts focus on data tracking, encryption
EU GDPR compliance calls for respecting the data, tracking the data down and keeping it encrypted, according to experts.

Q&A: GDPR compliance tips from CSPi’s Gary Southwell
With just one year left to go, companies need GDPR compliance in a hurry to avoid potentially massive penalties or lose access to EU markets.

GDPR and Trump changes will dominate storage and compliance in 2017
Vigitrust’s Mathieu Gorge looks forward to what 2017 has in store for legal and regulatory compliance, with milestones in the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation and changes in the US under the Trump presidency.

New EU GDPR privacy regulation set to take effect in 2018
With EU GDPR approved and set to take effect in less than two years, firms face challenges, obstacles, especially with cloud compliance.

Trending Terms
privacy compliance
privacy policy
right to be forgotten
extrusion prevention
information governance

Writing for Business
Privacy watchdog organizations are concerned about the potential ______ of information when data is shared among organizations.
a. misuse
b. missuse

June 9, 2017  2:38 PM

human resources analytics (talent analytics)

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HR analytics

Human resources analytics, also called talent analytics, is the application of sophisticated data mining and business analytics (BA) techniques to human resources (HR) data. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Analytics can be very successful in recruiting and hiring talented individuals, motivating and rewarding employees, and developing and retaining the best.” – Emilio J. Castilla

Learning Center
HR data analytics can lay the groundwork for workforce improvements
Executives can become more strategic and more successful at managing employees by using HR data analytics to make decisions about the workforce.

Companies are seeing a seismic shift in use of people analytics in HR
A report by Deloitte finds that people analytics in HR is going mainstream and being used by executives across a company.

HR data analytics is exploding in use and sparking change in business
Companies are finding that HR data analytics can help solve business problems, such as retaining top performers and predicting compliance violations.

Forrester stresses link between analytics in HR and business results
Analytics in HR is aimed at helping leaders understand workforce requirements and ensure that decisions on talent management are based on data.

Talent analytics plays a key role in motivating top performers
Learn how particular metrics available in talent analytics can help attract, retain and develop top-performing employees.

Trending Terms
data mining
business analytics
human capital management
employee engagement

Writing for Business
The message from human resources asked if she could come for an interview __________ next week.
a. someday
b. some day

June 8, 2017  8:59 PM

single sign-on (SSO)

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2FA, Single sign-on

Single sign-on (SSO) is a session and user authentication service that allows an end user to provide one set of login credentials (such as name and password) and be able to access multiple applications. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“With the centralized identity management systems included in many of today’s SSO platforms, IT departments can enforce security policies, manage users and oversee any subscriptions users have associated with their specific cloud accounts, all from one place.” – Reda Chouffani

Learning Center
Users’ SSO information at risk after OneLogin security breach
Following a OneLogin security breach, customers were alerted that their data was affected, but the company was stingy with the details of what happened.

Use single sign-on technology to integrate mobile app access
Single sign-on technology can help IT provide access to third-party apps for employees and to internal apps for customers or partners. And identity federation takes things one step further.

Benefits of single sign-on in healthcare
Medical professionals troubled by remembering passwords for different systems and applications would appreciate the benefits of single sign-on platforms.

Enterprise SSO: The promise and the challenges ahead
Enterprise SSO must now adapt to cloud-related services plus mobile employees. This technical tip explains what’s changed and how infosec pros can cope.

The best SSO for enterprises must be cloud and mobile capable
The best SSO for enterprise use must tackle the complexities that mobility and cloud services like identity as a service present.

Trending Terms
two-factor authentication
social login

Writing for Business
The credit union website uses two-factor authentication to protect _____ members.
a. their
b. its

June 7, 2017  8:05 PM

disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)

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Disaster Recovery, DRaaS

Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide failover in the event of a man-made or natural catastrophe. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Generally, full-service DRaaS works well for SMBs. A software-only approach, with customers renting cloud space, is more economical for larger enterprises.” – Jim O’Reilly

Learning Center
Beware of hidden gotchas in DR-as-a-service options
The DR-as-a-service market is so competitive, and the available options so varied, that it can be tough for IT decision makers to make a selection.

A guide to a better cloud disaster recovery plan
A cloud disaster recovery plan allows organizations to cope with service interruptions while staying within their modest DR budgets.

Match disaster recovery as a service providers to business needs
When analyzing disaster recovery as a service providers, you should break your environment into multiple recovery groups to promote better performance.

Using a DRaaS provider could bring unexpected costs
Putting your data in the hands of a DRaaS provider is an appealing option, but it also comes with its own risks and costs.

Disaster recovery methods: Legacy DR vs. the cloud
Disaster recovery methods vary dramatically. Legacy DR may not cut it anymore. Following a TCO review, a shift to DRaaS could be in order.

Trending Terms
disaster recovery plan
backup as a service
recovery time objective
recovery point objective

Writing for Business
The point of disaster recovery is the same for both large enterprises and _________ need to stay in business.
a. SMBs: They
b. SMBs; they

June 6, 2017  3:55 PM

software asset management (SAM)

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COBIT, Compliance, Software licenses

Software asset management (SAM) is the administration of processes, policies and procedures that support the procurement, deployment, use, maintenance and disposal of software applications within an organization. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“SAM enables an organization to avoid the risks of being under licensed and forms the foundation for effective software license compliance. It also helps an organization to avoid being over licensed and enjoy the associated cost savings.” – Mike Fisher

Learning Center
IT asset management strategy: License compliance and beyond
In this Q&A on IT asset management strategy, read up on the risks of license compliance problems with software companies and how IoT will impact ITAM.

Asset management tools in the modern data center: Advisory Board Q&A
Asset management tools can be difficult to install and use, sometimes complicating data center asset management, according to our Advisory Board.

Recognizing the versatility of IT asset management software
IT asset management software is used to track more than just computer equipment inventories.

Hardware asset management: Tips for channel managers
Hardware asset management may be overlooked, but channel partner managers would do well to focus on this area; tips for getting started.

Software asset management maturity in the age of SaaS
For asset tracking, software as a service is no different from any other type of software licensing – but the process of software asset management needs adapting.

Trending Terms
enterprise asset management
virtual asset
software license
IT asset management
application lifecycle management

Writing for Business
An operating system (OS) is the ________ that, after being initially loaded into the computer by a boot program, manages all the other programs in a computer.
a. program
b. software
c. application

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