Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

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

November 27, 2017  9:15 PM

retail apocalypse

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Retail apocalypse is a controversial term used by the media to describe the ways a shift in consumer spending patterns may be impacting the traditional brick-and-mortar retail store business model. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“With evidence mounting that the American shopping mall is in decline, if not dead as a doornail, can we finally say that the Internet, mobile phones, eBay, Amazon, Google, Pinterest, Instagram, you name it, have irrevocably changed how we shop?” – Nicole Laskowski

Learning Center
IoT to the rescue: Saving brick-and-mortar retail?
Smart devices are changing the game for retailers, but there are risks. Thales eSecurity’s Cindy Provin on why data integrity might just save brick-and-mortar retailers.

Connected retail: The last frontier?
“Long term, the retail industry stands to gain the most from the infusion of connectivity IoT-enabled technology brings to businesses and supply chains.

The retail store of the future is here today
IoT is starting to revolutionize traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, making the retail store of the future a reality today, says Samsung’s Ed Abrams.

Three ways IoT is transforming inventory managemen
The connectivity and real-time analytics inherent in the internet of things could be the game changer for retailers’ inventory woes.

The death of the mall could spell rise of mobile retail economy
Malls may be dying, but high-end lifestyle centers could save retail through personalized customer experience and mobile retail technologies.

Trending Terms
bricks and mortar
great recession
Amazon effect
lifestyle center
Cyber Monday

Writing for Business
Be careful out there on Black Friday, and Cyber Monday too — _____ retailers will be pulling out the old bait and switch gag.
a. inethical
b. unethical

November 16, 2017  10:09 PM

cloud seeding

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Cloud Computing

Cloud seeding is a strategy for uploading large amounts of data to a cloud storage service. Transferring a sizable amount of data to the cloud can take days, weeks or even years. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Tape provides a great means of cloud seeding. Data is dumped to tape and then shipped to the cloud storage service provider for inclusion in a massive archival library.” – Jon Toigo

Learning Center
Cloud backup strategy tips: Prepare for two-way traffic
Commvault GO customers talk about cloud backup strategy, including expanding from initial use of the public cloud for data protection only.

Storage disaster recovery plans must account for weather threats
Storage disaster recovery plans should forecast what to do in case of weather-related emergencies, such as hurricanes.

Data protection vendors fight for cloud storage title
While major cloud storage service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Azure and Google are ahead on price, they trail data protection vendors in areas such as disaster recovery.

Five data migration approaches for cloud archiving
Learn five ways to move data to a cloud archive. Data migration approaches include manual migration, seeding and cloud-integrated storage.

When it comes to the role of tape, don’t count it out just yet
The role of tape continues to loom large in the storage and archiving strategies of enterprises as they deal with a tsunami of data.

Trending Terms
cloud backup
cloud storage providers
AWS Import/Export
online data backup
tape backup
incremental backup
AWS Snowmobile

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

November 15, 2017  7:01 PM

digital body language (DBL)

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Digital body language (DBL) is the aggregate of an individual’s passive and active digital footprints. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“We all leave a digital footprint; little breadcrumbs of our interests in products, movies, music, topics, activities, places, people and pretty much everything.” – Niel Nickolaisen

Learning Center
Where AI meets sales: The benefits of predictive lead scoring
Predictive lead scoring can help companies better prioritize customers, align messaging and determine ways to guide a sales strategy.

The digital footprint: Business boon vs. privacy bane
Like many IT execs, O.C. Tanner CTO Niel Nickolaisen is seeking a balance between digital footprint data mining and the privacy risks it entails.

Predictive marketing tools trump old-fashioned gut feel
Marketers are gaining more customers from predictive marketing tools by vendors like Mintigo and Lattice Engines than traditional lead scoring tools.

AI integration with CRM tools boosts lead scoring processes
As AI technologies continue to build steam, AI integrations with CRM platforms are helping sales teams reap the benefits with predictive lead scoring.

National Police Chiefs’ Council sets out strategy for digital policing
UK police chiefs aim to improve data sharing, integrate IT functions, improve digital intelligence and make digital interactions easier by 2025.

Trending Terms
account-based marketing
digital footprint
lead generation
digital footprint management
lead scoring
named account
system of record (SOR)

Writing for Business
Our data shows that a vast majority of customers prefer Brand A ____ Brand B.
a. to
b. than
c. over

November 14, 2017  6:49 PM

AWS Direct Connect

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Direct Connect is a network service that allows Amazon Web Service (AWS) customers to establish a dedicated network connection between the customer’s data center or collocation environment and Amazon’s servers. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Services such as AWS Direct Connect, Google Cloud’s Direct Peering service or Azure’s ExpressRoute can facilitate direct connections between an enterprise and the respective cloud provider.” – Stephen J. Bigelow

Learning Center
AWS Direct Connect updates help globe-spanning users
Upgrades to AWS Direct Connect address major shortcomings for enterprises with applications that span the globe to manage their use of AWS offerings.

How can I put an end to AWS network issues?
AWS network issues can affect application performance and workload availability. Cloud customers can mitigate problems with direct connections and tools like AWS Direct Connect.

What are my cloud requirements for implementing direct connections
Major cloud providers, such as AWS and Azure, offer direct connections to their platforms. But what are my cloud computing requirements for establishing one?

Cloud network services adjust to enterprise demands
Cloud network services continue to evolve, as more enterprises use direct connections and other means to bridge their data centers to the public cloud.

Your hybrid cloud environment is a dog, but what kind?
A hybrid cloud environment isn’t a fancy purebred. It’s a mix of connectivity options, integration practices, authentication and governance, says to presenters at AWS re:Invent.

Trending Terms
Amazon EC2
Amazon S3
Amazon DynamoDB
data transfer rate
AWS Import/Export Snowball

Writing for Business
We use Amazon S3 to ________ local storage.
A. complement
B. supplement

November 13, 2017  7:31 PM

IoT gateway

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An Internet of Things (IoT) gateway is a physical device or software program that serves as the connection point between the cloud and controllers, sensors and intelligent devices. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“By employing edge processing in multi-tiered architectures with intelligent gateways, you allow decisions to be made as close as possible to the edge of the network and require less data to have to travel all the way to the data center.” – James Kirkland

Learning Center
Industrial IoT adoption rates high, but deployment maturity low
IoT adoption by industrial organizations is unsurprisingly on the rise, yet fewer than half have advanced IIoT deployments.

Traveling through enterprise IoT with gateway
Multi-tiered architectures with intelligent gateways allow decisions to be made at the edge, requiring less data to travel all the way to the data center.

Pi or production: Choosing a best-fit IoT gateway prototype
Which IoT gateway prototype is better, Raspberry Pi or a commercial-grade, production-ready gateway? Rigado’s Justin Rigling offers some pointers

The three tiers of a successful enterprise IoT system
The three tiers of the IoT technology stack — sensors, gateways and the data center/cloud tier — need to integrate and communicate with each other.

Key considerations when transitioning from Pi to production
To determine which IoT gateway best supports your technical and budget requirements, advises Rigado’s Justin Rigling, start with these five considerations.

Trending Terms
IoT device
smart machines
edge analytics
PTC ThingWorx
fog computing
Internet of Things

Writing for Business
A number of IoT gateway products ____ equipped with additional security features.
a. is
b. are

November 9, 2017  7:27 PM


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NVMe (non-volatile memory express) is a host controller interface and storage protocol created to accelerate the transfer of data between enterprise and client systems and solid-state drives (SSDs) over a computer’s high-speed Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) bus. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“For enterprises seeking to get the most out of flash storage, an investment in NVMe technology is becoming a foregone conclusion.” – Scott Sinclair

Learning Center
Are you ready for NVMe storage and the future of flash?
Flash storage shifts the bottleneck to the storage network. NVMe storage technology and NVMe over Fabrics promise to address this problem.

Looking at NVMe storage technologies today and tomorrow
NVMe storage uses the fast NVMe connection protocol and flash-based SSDs. This guide outlines reasons why it might be the right choice for you.

The present and likely future of the NVMe protocol
Data speed in and out of SSDs led to the development of the NVMe protocol. Enterprises quickly saw the value in extending NVMe to storage networks.

How NVMe over Fabrics will change the storage environment
NVMe over Fabrics for high-end networking and the NVMe protocol replacing SCSI and SAS connectivity will each find a place in the data center.

NVMe flash array startups Pavilion Data, Vexata jump in
Most enterprises don’t yet need the performance of an NVMe flash array, but that hasn’t stopped startups from launching new storage products.

Trending Terms
nonvolatile storage
solid-state drive
3D XPoint
NVMe over Fabrics

Writing for Business
Bringing in all-flash for primary storage adds a faster system that can provide greater __________ value for the company.
a. economical
b. economic

November 8, 2017  8:56 PM

black hat

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Black hat refers to a hacker who breaks into a computer system or network with malicious intent. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Criminal hackers know they must do what they can to test the limits of your application environment, while at the same time, flying under the radar.” – Kevin Beaver

Learning Center
Applying a hacker mindset to application security
Applying a hacker mindset to enterprise security operations can help spot overlooked weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Here’s how.

New cybersecurity report gets the hacker perspective
A cybersecurity report used a hacker survey to detail how adversaries think about attacking enterprise and how to best secure an environment.

Stamos preaches defensive security research in Black Hat keynote
Black Hat 2017 kicked off with Facebook’s Alex Stamos preaching the importance of defensive security research and community diversity.

What are the pros and cons of hiring an ex-hacker?
Hiring an ex-hacker can boost an enterprise’s security stature, but doing so comes with its own risks. Here are the pros and cons of hiring ex-hackers.

Dark web markets’ shutdown may lead to more arrests
The shutdown of AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets leads to potential data on hundreds or thousands of site vendors and users.

Trending Terms
white hat
ethical hacker
penetration testing
vulnerability analysis
bug bounty program

Writing for Business
Ethical hacking is also known as penetration testing, intrusion ____________.
a. testing, and red teaming
b. testing and red teaming

November 7, 2017  8:50 PM

business continuity plan (BCP)

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Business Continuity

A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue operating during an unplanned event. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“To get the most out of your business continuity plan, you should integrate its upkeep into your daily operations and activities.” – Paul Kirvan

Learning Center
Sample business continuity plan template for small businesses
Are you lacking a business continuity plan or aren’t sure where to start? Download our free sample business continuity plan template for small businesses.

Business continuity planning steps to keep your organization running
These 11 business continuity planning steps provide a comprehensive look at what you need to ensure continual operation during an incident.

Disaster recovery and business continuity plans require updating
It’s not necessary to update disaster recovery and business continuity plans all at once, but it is crucial to review them regularly.

How does business resilience differ from business continuity?
Business resilience has become a prominent element of disaster recovery, but the strategy can’t work without a business continuity plan.

Essential guide to business continuity and disaster recovery plans
Every year, our readers report a lack of confidence in their disaster recovery plan. If you are in that boat, this collection of our best BC/DR content can help.

Trending Terms
risk management
business impact analysis
disaster recovery plan
business continuity software
business continuity management
emergency management plan

Writing for Business
A business continuity plan ______ a number of activities that business continuity software systems can help facilitate and organize.
a. comprise
b. compose

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