Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

June 1, 2017  7:01 PM

association rules (in data mining)

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Association, Data Mining, Predictive Analytics

Association rules are if/then statements that help uncover relationships between seemingly unrelated data in a relational database or other information repository. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“One of the core activities in the maturing data science process is the use of data mining and machine learning algorithms to develop predictive models that aim to forecast customer behavior and other future events.” – David Loshin

Learning Center
Three examples of machine learning methods and related algorithms
Classification, clustering and affinity analysis are three examples of machine learning methods driven by algorithms that automate the analytics process.

Introduction to data mining: Association analysis
This excerpt from Introduction to Data Mining offers a crash course on association analysis — an effective data mining technique.

5 data mining techniques for optimal results
Faulty data mining makes seeking of decisive information akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Here are some tips to tweak your data mining exercises.

Dealing with association analysis, unstructured data in ER processes
In this book excerpt, learn how association analysis and high-performance computing can aid entity resolution and information quality on social network data and other unstructured data types.

Comparing the leading big data analytics software options
Expert David Loshin examines nine leading vendors of big data analytics software and compares and contrasts the ways their tools help organizations meet their analytics needs.

Trending Terms
data mining
machine learning
decision tree software
ad-hoc analysis
predictive analytics

Writing for Business
Predictive models of climate change inspired a movement to ______ the situation.
a. diffuse
b. defuse

May 31, 2017  5:55 PM


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DevOps is the blending of tasks performed by a company’s application development and systems operations teams. Continued…

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Quote of the Day

“You’ll need leadership for DevOps to really work. Thankfully, because DevOps will improve the speed and quality of production and cut costs, your boss should be on board.” – Chris Tozzi

Learning Center
High-level DevOps leaders needed for DevOps to take root
Yes, DevOps needs grassroots support. But for it to succeed, high-level DevOps leaders must also get involved to push the culture change.

DevOps automation remains a high hurdle for DevOps culture
DevOps and automation experts weigh in on the discrepancy between DevOps culture and the nuts and bolts automated testing adoption.

What does soft-ripening French cheese have to do with DevOps QA?
What does soft-ripening French cheese have to do with DevOps? Well, even in a world of automation, QA will always need a little bit of that human touch.

DevOps vs. NoOps: Will automation give Ops the proverbial boot?
As more and more enterprises adopt and use automation in continuous development, NoOps, DevOps without the operations side, seems possible.

Doing DevOps? Turn your boss into a DevOps leader first
If you want to implement DevOps principles in your organization, you’ll need to engage executive and manager-level support. You’ll need DevOps leaders.

Trending Terms
quality assurance
continuous software development
DevOps certification
DevOps as a Service
configuration management

Writing for Business
Successfully _______ a DevOps culture in a data center isn’t easy, but it brings great rewards.
A. adapting
B. adopting

May 30, 2017  6:59 PM

phase-change memory (PCM)

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
DRAM, Flash memory, NAND Flash

Phase-change memory (PCM) is a form of computer RAM (random-access memory) that stores data by altering the state of the matter from which the device is fabricated. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Phase-change memory holds out the promise of major advantages over DRAM and NAND flash.” – Carol Sliwa

Learning Center
Phase change memory technology: Where is it headed?
Phase change memory technology is here at last, but where it goes depends on the state of the flash market and whether PCM can live up to its own claims.

IBM claims breakthrough with TLC phase-change memory
IBM Research claims storage memory breakthrough; will phase-change memory beat Intel/Micron 3D XPoint as NAND successor?

Optane memory: Opening the window on Intel’s latest technology
Optane memory products are shipping, and they might have a meaningful effect on various IT uses, but maybe not as big an impact as was first proposed.

The state of flash storage systems
Vendors remain focused on improving flash storage systems, but the next step will be harder than adding flash to our normal system configurations.

NAND flash technology is just the beginning
NAND flash technology delivers a high level of performance at a high rate of speed, but storage vendors are developing products that will greatly expand solid state’s role.

Trending Terms
nonvolatile storage
flash memory
3D XPoint
NAND flash memory

Writing for Business
Servers equipped with flash storage are increasingly common and can _________ reduce latency.
A. farther
B. further

May 29, 2017  7:02 PM

bucket (AWS bucket)

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amazon s3, AWS

A bucket is a logical unit of storage in Amazon Web Services (AWS) object storage service, Simple Storage Solution (S3). Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Amazon S3 is an object store, which appears much like raw disk capacity. Customers simply create a ‘bucket’; after doing so, they can put any amount of data in that bucket without deploying anything.” – Alan R. Earls

Learning Center
Which AWS capabilities will withstand market saturation?
Core AWS capabilities — compute and storage — are reaching feature saturation, and the cloud provider needs to continue evolving its services to maintain its pole position in the future.

Amazon adds new features to S3 and zero-downtime migration for Aurora
Amazon made enhancements and added features to its Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and its Amazon Aurora relational database.

AWS storage doesn’t have to be a complex undertaking, experts say
Alan Earls explores different AWS storage services and offers advice to companies on how they can deduce which is a fit for their needs.

Storage vs. database: Moving data to the AWS cloud
David Linthicum reviews the database choices offered by Amazon Web Services and the advantages of leveraging object storage like Amazon Simple Storage Service.

What’s the best way to secure Amazon S3 buckets?
Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) has a variety of security options. Policies and encryption are several ways to protect Amazon S3 buckets.

Related Terms
Amazon S3
object storage
cloud storage SLA
Amazon Simple Database Service
data lake<

Related Tags
AWS architecture and design
Amazon S3 Simple Storage Service and backup

May 26, 2017  7:07 PM

AWS CloudTrail

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Amazon CloudTrail, AWS

AWS CloudTrail is an application program interface (API) call-recording and log-monitoring Web service offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Continued…

Quote of the Day

“CloudTrail is an innovative solution to a thorny problem: logging events in a cloud environment and storing and managing those logs in a simple way.” – Dave Shackleford

Learning Center
AWS careers benefit from skills, not certifications
AWS careers are on the rise; IT professionals need to worry more about diversifying their skill sets than obtaining AWS certifications.

Amazon CloudTrail: How it could change cloud logging
CloudTrail, a new cloud logging service from Amazon, endeavors to simplify event management for security professionals migrating IT resources to the cloud.

Proper tools improve AWS cloud developer productivity
Native AWS tools and third-party utilities facilitate developer productivity with improvements to continuous delivery and health monitoring.

Police your public cloud with AWS CloudTrail
AWS CloudTrail provides an array of options for Amazon Web Services customers to protect their resources in the cloud. Get up to speed with the native security and compliance tool.

New CloudTrail features help verify API calls, AWS usage
AWS usage can be monitored via AWS CloudTrail, which now features more efficient ways to verify calls to cloud resources.

Related Terms
application program interface
Amazon S3
Amazon SNS

Related Tags
AWS support licensing and SLAs
Public cloud computing security

May 25, 2017  3:40 AM

voice signature

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
biometric, Encryption

A voice signature is a type of electronic signature that uses an individual’s recorded verbal agreement in place of a handwritten signature. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Voice has been around awhile. When you call into a call center, there is a good possibility that your voice is being evaluated for antifraud purposes.” – Brendon Wilson

Learning Center
Barclays replaces passwords with voice authentication
A new voice authentication system has been rolled out at financial services firm Barclays and will replace customer passwords with voiceprints.

Mobile endpoint security: What enterprise infosec pros must know now
Achieving mobile endpoint security can be tough. This essential guide walks security pros through its many aspects.

What’s next for mobile biometrics
Mobile biometrics can authenticate users based on their fingerprint, iris and more, allowing mobile IT admins to bypass hated password or PIN requirements.

How mobile biometrics can strengthen security
Mobile biometrics, such as iris and facial scanning, is making its way into the enterprise, and is poised to replace usernames and passwords.

Learn about user authentication methods, from passwords to biometrics
The password might not be dead but that doesn’t mean it’s working. This guide looks at how other user authentication methods can supplement it.

Trending Terms
can you hear me?
Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act
biometric verification

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

May 24, 2017  7:37 PM

churn rate

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Churn, Customer churning

Churn rate is a measure of the number of customers or employees who leave a company during a given period. It can also refer to the amount of revenue lost as a result of the departures. Continued…

Quote of the Day
“Turnover is a reality in any organization, so it’s wise to have a pipeline for new talent coming into the organization.” – Ernie Hayden

Learning Center
Corporate wellness software can help employers reduce turnover
Wellness programs are integral to employee engagement and retention, according to data from a corporate wellness software vendor.

The link between employee engagement and customer experience
Some experts argue that the secret to a good customer experience is engaged employees, and that principle goes beyond contact centers to the company at large.

Don’t let false assumptions drive your customer communication strategy
Companies often assume they know their customer base and dial in customer communications. Here are three tactics to ensure your communication strategy is on target.

Effectively use surveys to measure and increase employee engagement
Learn how one HR executive partnered with a survey provider to measure his organization’s employee engagement and analyzed it against benchmarks.

Marketing company uses in-database analytics to fight customer churn
Trident Marketing employed an IBM Netezza in-database analytics data warehousing appliance and Fuzzy Logix libraries to beat customer churn.

Trending Terms
customer satisfaction
predictive technology
employee churn
leaky bucket
monthly recurring revenue

Writing for Business
The amount money a customer invests in a service can reduce a company’s churn rate and increase the chances they’ll stick with around for the long ______.
A. haul
B. hall

May 23, 2017  7:28 PM

R programming language

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
Open source, Predictive Analytics, R language

The R programming language is an open source scripting language for predictive analytics and data visualization. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“In addition to being well-suited to advanced statistics, R’s open source nature and free availability under the GNU General Public License have also contributed to its rising star power.” – Robert Sheldon

Learning Center
The ins and outs of using R in SQL Server 2016 and 2017
Using R in SQL Server 2016 and 2017 could benefit enterprise users, but it’s important to know the difference between Microsoft’s various R-based technologies.

R programming language demands the right use case
R’s growing popularity among programmers and organizations has attracted the attention of technology vendors, many of which now offer R-based products or support the language in their own software.
IBM Watson gets CognizeR extension

In the past, R has been criticized for delivering slow analyses when applied to large data sets, but more recent versions of the language are attempting to address this problem.

Revolution brings R programming language to AWS, plus SAS on Hadoop
Revolution Analytics brings the R programming language to the cloud, while SAS readies a new in-memory analytics platform to run on Hadoop.

Data preparation steps increase to meet predictive analytics needs
Data scientists building predictive models and machine learning algorithms often have to do more data preparation work upfront than is necessary in conventional analytics applications.

Trending Terms
open source
predictive analytics
data visualization
data scientist

Writing for Business
Linus Torvalds _______ choosing to be an open source software engineer is a calling, rather than a career choice.
a. said that
b. said

May 22, 2017  5:25 PM

seven wastes

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
DevOps, Kaizen, Lean processes

The seven wastes are categories of unproductive manufacturing practices. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Lean methodologies are centered around learning: from your customers, your data and from every line of code you build and put in front of customers.” – Christopher Ward

Learning Center
Comparing development methodologies: Agile vs. DevOps vs. Lean Startup
If comparing development methodologies is getting to be a bit much, expert Christopher Ward has the answer. Here’s his take on Agile, DevOps and Lean.

How can lean manufacturing concepts be used with MRP and ERP?
Lean manufacturing concepts use a pull technique, while MRP and ERP use push. Can these opposing concepts play nice?

Smart manufacturing technology is a dumb idea without good leadership
The CEO of Miller Ingenuity explains why the smart manufacturing technology revolution demands an educated workforce and respectful leadership.

A DevOps primer: Start, improve and extend your DevOps teams
Turning to DevOps teams may seem to be the logical next step for your enterprise. This guide covers best strategies from start to finish.

Go beyond Agile, or miss out on the fourth industrial revolution
IT leaders must go beyond Agile if they aim to take advantage of the fourth industrial revolution.

Trending Terms
just-in-time manufacturing
lean programming
Toyota Way
agile software development

Writing for Business
Taiichi Ohno studied supermarket operation for _______ before developing Toyota’s rules for lean production.
a. awhile
b. a while

May 19, 2017  7:55 PM

Net Neutrality (open internet)

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is the principle that data packets on the Internet should be moved impartially, without regard to content, destination or source. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The primary foundation of net neutrality explained is this: Providers should not be able to give services they offer any advantage over a competing service running over their network.” – Russ White

Learning Center
Net neutrality explained: The idea is simple, but appearances deceive
When it comes to net neutrality explained, there’s more to it than just treating every packet the same.

Net neutrality law: Much ado about nothing?
President Drumpf’s free-market pick for the FCC might dismantle net neutrality law, but some industry watchers say that’s not such a big deal.

In aftermath of FCC privacy rules repeal, uncertainty, ironies abound
ISPs stand to make billions from the rollback of FCC privacy rules, but does the move hurt our success in the data economy? Also: brain-computer interfaces.

Does Internet neutrality shake up IoT plans?
The Internet of things is generating more data, but what happens when Internet neutrality affects how that information is received? Find out how Net neutrality challenges IoT.

Why SDN and NFV thinkers should care about net neutrality
Now that a circuit court struck down net neutrality rules, will SDN and NFV be used as tools to create an anti-competitive Internet?

Trending Terms
net bias
two-tiered Internet
common carrier
edge provider
zero rating
telecom carrier

Writing for Business
Telecom carriers are increasingly making a ______ into cloud services.
a. segway
b. segue

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