Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

December 15, 2017  6:09 PM

integration platform as a service (iPaaS)

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Integration platform as a service (iPaaS) is a set of automated tools for connecting software applications that are deployed in different environments. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“A key part of what iPaaS vendors need to do is enable business users — and not the technical users — to be able to connect their own applications without having to queue IT.” – Vijay Tella

Learning Center
In the cloud, tools for data integration gain importance
As companies move more of their software and business processes to the cloud, tools for data integration have become a necessity in the tech stack.

Digital transformation puts middleware on the mind
As organizations consider what the term “digital transformation” means for them, many are taking a hard look at their application integration middleware.

Cloud-first strategy speeds spinoff of American Express’ travel unit
Dell’s Boomi cloud integration platform helps American Express Global Business Travel implement a cloud-first strategy to spin off a $20 billion business.

Selecting the right data integration tool for your needs
Upon identifying your must-have features in a data integration tool, it’s time to review the product analysis and pick the one that best meets your needs.

IPaaS: Confusion around cloud and on-premises app-integration
Experts consider iPaaS the fastest growing integration middleware approach, though cloud capabilities remain confusing.

Trending Terms
cloud integration
legacy application

Writing for Business
It might pay off to migrate your organization to a cloud computing environment but you’ll have to use your own _________.
a. judgement
b. judgment

December 12, 2017  7:21 PM

Microsoft Azure Data Lake

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Microsoft Azure Data Lake is a highly scalable public cloud service that allows developers, scientists, business professionals and other Microsoft customers to gain insight from large, complex data sets. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Finding a balance between regulating the data lake and keeping it wide open for analytics uses is one of the most important considerations for a successful deployment.” – Trea Lavery

Learning Center
Job searches reveal top skills for tech positions
Tech positions today are calling for skills in JavaScript library React and cloud computing platforms, according to new research by jobs site Indeed.

Quiz: What’s your IQ on data lake implementation and management?
Take this quiz to find out if you’re ready for a data lake implementation at your company, and if you’re prepared to get all of the analytics benefits one provides.

Five quick links: Managing big data in the cloud
Managing big data in the cloud can be as complex as the data itself, but new tools can help. Here are five quick links to get acquainted with big data and its relationship with cloud.

Compare AWS vs. Azure vs. Google big data services
Big data services for AWS vs. Azure vs. Google are hard to compare, but customers benefit from the competition. Choosing one or the other comes down to testing the waters.

Azure Data Lake Analytics gets boost from U-SQL, a new SQL variant
U-SQL is a dialect of T-SQL that takes a page out of the Hive playbook. It’s meant to tame Azure Data Lake Analytics for SQL mortals.

Trending Terms
Windows Azure
data lake
Apache Hadoop YARN
semi-structured data
archival storage
SQL Azure

Writing for Business
Although big data is getting bigger all the time, much of the data being collected ___ useless.
a. is
b. are

December 11, 2017  2:12 AM

Cloud application performance management (CAPM)

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Cloud application performance management (CAPM or cloud APM) is the process of monitoring resources that support application program performance in private and hybrid cloud environments. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“While it’s still early days for adoption, IT pros say AI-powered cloud management tools reduce a lot of the grunt work associated with performance and root-cause analysis.” – Kristin Knapp

Learning Center
With AI-based cloud management tools, context is king
Compared to more traditional third-party cloud management tools, AI-based systems deliver more context and greater granularity to operations teams.

What you need to know about application performance monitoring tools
Using application performance monitoring tools is an objective for many IT network managers who want to keep users satisfied with their apps and give them a positive experience.

Cloud performance monitoring tools eliminate IT’s blind spot
Public cloud performance monitoring can be more difficult than on-premises IT monitoring, but management tools can help reduce the complexity and increase visibility.

IT pros seek better methods to manage application performance
Increasingly mobile and complex networks mean IT departments have to better manage application performance.

Use every available tool for cloud application monitoring
To overcome the challenges of cloud application monitoring, IT teams must grill vendors on tool options and think outside the data center box.

Trending Terms
hybrid cloud
private cloud
cloud services
intelligent agent
response time
correlation engine

Writing for Business
In a hybrid cloud, sensitive data and computing resources may be maintained in two _________ environments.
a. separate
b. seperate

December 8, 2017  2:10 AM

DevOps engineer

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A DevOps engineer is an information technology (IT) professional who works with software developers, system operators (SysOps) and other production IT staff to oversee code releases. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The ideal DevOps engineer is able to communicate well and focuses on collaboration with other members of the organization, no matter what team they’re on.” – Grant Hatchimonji

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Discovering what DevOps means through help wanted ads
Confusion abounds over exactly what DevOps means, as illustrated by different job postings touting technical know-how, DevOps culture and even utopia.

ATTN hiring managers: Your DevOps engineer job description is wrong
A common DevOps engineer job description outlines skills merging ops with programming. Too bad those aren’t the only skills a true ‘DevOps engineer’ needs.

DevOps engineer skills needed for continuous deployment
There is no formal training path, but DevOps engineer skills come from someone experienced in IT with capabilities beyond her expertise.

Devops principles and practices define engineer
Engineer and evangelist share important DevOps principles and practices. This skill set is based on high-minded principles, as well as technical acumen.

DevOps engineers and open source: Culturally connected
DevOps pros love open source tools for many technical reasons, and a closer look reveals a strong cultural connection between the two.

Trending Terms
soft skills
software developers kit
business process improvement
DevOps certification

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

December 7, 2017  6:48 PM


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MongoDB is an open source NoSQL database management system that is known for its scalability. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“MongoDB streamlines development efforts, freeing up developers who were formerly doing back-end design to focus on other tasks.” – Jack Vaughan

Learning Center
Keyboard data leak exposes millions of personal records
Misconfigured MongoDB database settings exposed millions of personal records collected by the app developer Ai.type in a massive keyboard data leak.

MongoDB ‘Charts’ a way to dashboard visualization from its database
As MongoDB looks to fill in gaps, a native dashboard visualization engine is on tap. MongoDB Charts adds another way to look into NoSQL.

How did thousands of MongoDB databases get hijacked?
MongoDB databases with insecure authentication practices are at risk of attacks. Find out how to properly configure and secure databases.

Risk & Repeat: Analyzing the accidental data breach
This Risk & Repeat podcast discusses how accidental data breaches are caused when enterprises mistakenly expose user data online.

MongoDB Atlas footprint grows bigger with Azure, Google cloud support
MongoDB Atlas expands cloud database support to Azure and Google, while MongoDB Stitch emerges for streamlined back-end development in the cloud.

Trending Terms
open source
relational database
key-value pair
horizontal scalability

Writing for Business
Open source describes any software whose source code is in the public domain or that is copyrighted and distributed under an ______________.
a. open source license
b. open-source license

December 6, 2017  6:45 PM

Yoda conditions

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Yoda conditions, also known as Yoda notation, is a way of formatting code that reverses the standard order of an equality conditional statement. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“How much ancient code from legacy languages do you come across in dealing with enterprise IT? Are you afraid to tinker with it?” – Joel Shore

Learning Center
Infrastructure as code benefits those willing to learn
Infrastructure as code benefits an IT organization in daily management, as well as audit tasks, but it’s only achieved with hard work and new skills.

No-code/low-code project management best practices
Taking on no-code/low-code management can be overwhelming. Expert Zach Flower discusses best practices for low-code development platforms.

DevOps testing: Never trust the world outside the enterprise
DevOps testing requires a culture shift that puts an appropriate focus on security. How do security pros address the risks posed by infrastructure as code?

How a tester can contribute to the code review process
You don’t need to know how to code to contribute during code review. Expert Matthew Heusser walks you through the code review process.

Low-code platforms move the BizDevOps trend forward
Low-code platforms allow business leaders to build applications alongside developers, bolstering the BizDevOps trend in the year ahead.

Trending Terms
code review
Infrastructure as Code
low-code/no-code development platform

Writing for Business
The code __________________________.
a. needs to be rewritten badly
b. badly needs to be rewritten

December 5, 2017  5:38 PM

extrusion prevention

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Extrusion prevention, also called exfiltration prevention, is the practice of stopping data leaks by filtering outbound network traffic and preventing unauthorized packets from moving outside the network. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“We need a strong federal law in place to hold companies truly accountable for failing to safeguard data or inform consumers when that information has been stolen by hackers.” – Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)

Learning Center
Proposed data breach legislation could put executives in jail
Democratic senators introduced a new version of the Data Security and Breach Notification Act. Find out what’s in the new data breach legislation.

Six criteria for buying data loss prevention products
Data loss prevention products can be a key asset for enterprises. Bill Hayes lays out the five steps to take in order to buy the right DLP tools for your organization.

Risk & Repeat: Uber data breach has implications for infosec
This Risk & Repeat podcast discusses the 2016 Uber data breach and the ensuing cover-up by company officials, and what it means for the infosec industry.

Data breach litigation: What enterprises should know
Data breach litigation can make a bad situation even worse for enterprises. Find out more about the public and private litigation they may face.

Ransomware protection helps mitigate data loss, but attacks are increasing
Ransomware protection needs to get more sophisticated, judging by a recent Druva survey that found more organizations are experiencing multiple attacks.

Trending Terms
packet filtering
data exfiltration
data loss prevention
intrusion detection
data protection

Writing for Business
Most major security breaches ________ human error.
a. can be attributed to
b. are due to

December 4, 2017  5:34 PM


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Scratch is a free object-oriented software development kit (SDK) that allows children age 8-16 to create animations, interactive stories, games and music without needing to know a specific programming language. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The assumption that no-code/low-code platforms only create subpar applications is a direct result of their ease of use.” – Zachary Flower

Learning Center
What’s with cybersecurity education? We ask Blaine Burnham
Read our Q&A with Blaine Burnham, a former NSA manager who developed cybersecurity education programs at Georgia Tech and other universities.

IT education in schools is still not working – and that’s a huge problem for the digital economy
There is a real danger that technology education in schools will wither and die, with all the risks that brings to the UK’s digital skills, research and innovation capabilities.

Sanderson and Code First: Girls – facing my coding fears
Clare McDonald attended a Code First: Girls coding taster session to learn more about coding education in an inclusive environment.

The power of no-code/low-code platforms
Learn about the latest no-code/low-code platforms. Tech expert Zachary Flower discusses how they can improve productivity and usability.

No-code/low-code app development evolves from loathed to loved
Forward-thinking CIOs have turned a corner and come to use no-code/low-code app development tools for better business project success.

Trending Terms
software developers kit
object-oriented programming
low-code/no-code development platform
hard skills
citizen development

Writing for Business
It’s typically difficult to _______ programmers to document their code, even though it makes it easier to work within the future.
a. convince
b. persuade

November 29, 2017  4:37 PM

value stream mapping (VSM)

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Value stream mapping (VSM) is a lean manufacturing visualization tool for recording all the repeatable steps that are required to bring a product to market. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Value stream mapping reveals steps in development, test, release and operations support that waste time or are needlessly complicated.” – Meredith Courtemanche

Learning Center
DevOps value stream mapping plots course at Nationwide
DevOps value stream mapping software will bring Lean management principles to Nationwide’s software delivery pipeline and better align IT with business needs.

A value stream mapping process is best under a DevOps approach
A value stream mapping process helps DevOps collaborators smooth out bottlenecks and address hand-off concerns with a new application.

Nine DevOps metrics you should use to gauge improvement
Change lead time, MTTD and these other DevOps metrics show IT teams where they’ve grown, and where more work is needed.

How to build DevOps characteristics: It takes more than money
What’s it take to build DevOps characteristics? Software engineers love a good salary, but the right mix of cultural factors is more important motivation.

The DevOps roadmap for large organizations: Free chapter
The DevOps roadmap looks different to large and small organizations — and help for big teams is hard to find. Gary Gruver’s third book fits the bill.

Trending Terms
lean production
lean Six Sigma
big data analytics

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

November 28, 2017  9:24 PM

people analytics (HR analytics)

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People analytics is the application of math, statistics and predictive modeling to worker-related data in order to discover patterns that will help an organization meet its business goals. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Traditionally, HR analytics was used to manage costs. Now, it’s progressed to analyzing engagement, retention and planning around employees as resources.” – Paul Hamerman

Learning Center
AU combines talent analytics with HR management
The use of talent analytics in HR may be increasing demand for people who earn a master’s degree in analytics. One new program combines HR with analytics training.

How people analytics tools can improve talent management
HR can use people analytics tools to improve hiring, retention and employee engagement. Here’s a look at the various ways such tools can work.

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 metrics and analytics make workforces more valuable
HR metrics and analytics can improve logistics, operations and forecasting, but the most important resource to optimize is the workforce.

Tie talent analytics to customer metrics to boost sales
Learn how Echo Global Logistics used talent analytics with an employee engagement tool in a podcast with CHRO Cheryl Johnson from the HR Technology Conference.

Trending Terms
workforce planning
talent pipeline
learning management system
predictive analytics
employee churn

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

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