Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

December 27, 2017  9:21 PM

The 2017 Word of the Year is Blockchain!

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Blockchain is a type of distributed ledger for maintaining a permanent and tamper-proof record of transactional data. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“I predict that Blockchain will prove to be the architecture for machine-to-machine (M2M) transactions and allow a surprisingly diverse number of internet-connected devices to exchange currency autonomously, as well as data.” – Margaret Rouse

Learning Center
2018: The year blockchain, AI and IoT technology converge
Blockchain, AI and IoT will start working together in a seamless ecosystem, and the result is a more connected, more efficient and more secure world.

Blockchain for Dummies
In this excerpt from chapter five of ‘Blockchain for Dummies,’ author Tiana Laurence covers Ethereum, decentralized autonomous organizations and smart contracts.

Blockchain for IoT extends beyond ensuring security
Though often associated with security benefits, the use of blockchain for IoT extends far beyond keeping an IoT environment safe.

IT goals for 2018: Five CIO must-dos
There are a number of new and interesting technologies that deserve a look. We are looking at blockchain to overhaul our approach to identity management and data privacy.

CIO playbook for 2018: Leading analysts break down the trends
What’s in the 2018 CIO playbook? Ten leading analysts lay out the top issues: Read what they say about cloud consolidation, networks, API management and more.

Trending Terms
distributed ledger technology
digital currency
consensus algorithm
alt coin
smart contract
programmable economy

Writing for Business
Our company is using Blockchain to document ____ funding for green initiatives.
a. its
b. it`s
c. its’

December 21, 2017  6:18 PM

huddle room

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A huddle room is a small and private meeting area that typically seats 3-6 people and is equipped with teleconferencing or other collaboration technologies. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“As companies shift to open-office floor plans, the need for huddle rooms increases so employees have a place to connect with colleagues and customers across the globe.” – David Maldow

Learning Center
Huddle room video conference costs don’t need to break the bank
Video conference costs range from free to thousands of dollars. When deploying video in huddle rooms, strike a balance between quality and affordability.

How do huddle rooms fit in video conferencing strategies
Huddle rooms are becoming an important piece in video conferencing strategies. But you can’t just equip a room with a simple camera and speakerphone.

Growing demand for video conferencing in huddle rooms
Vendors are rushing to meet the demand for low-cost video conferencing in huddle rooms. The small meeting places are growing in popularity among businesses.

New Lifesize video system focuses on huddle room market
Lifesize’s new product is the latest addition to the huddle room market, an area that should see healthy growth in the coming years.

Broadview unites meeting room systems with desktop, mobile users
Broadview Networks launched a video service that connects meeting room systems and desktop and mobile users, while InFocus released 4K display wall processors.

Trending Terms
two-pizza rule
video conference
presence technology
virtual meeting room
unified communications

Writing for Business
In _______ to your meeting request, could we hold off until the first of the year?
a. regard
b. regards

December 20, 2017  6:15 PM

dark data

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Dark data is digital information that is not being used. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“AI has also proved effective at analyzing unstructured data, or ‘dark data,’ from social channels and other web interactions and providing an unprecedented understanding of customer behavior.” – Corinne Sklar

Learning Center
Understanding artificial intelligence for retail customers
Channel partners are finding opportunities to provide artificial intelligence for retail customers.

Deloitte report reveals the power of unstructured data analytics
A new report from Deloitte says businesses should follow the path to the dark side and double down on unstructured data analytics.

Unstructured data analysis gains importance for businesses
Unstructured data analysis has become an important area for companies, as industries move farther from paper-based processes and into more nontextual business content.

Ten analytics success stories in a nutshell
How are companies like Burberry, CVS, Coca-Cola and L’Oreal experiencing success with analytics? The Data Mill reports.

Big data systems shine light on neglected ‘dark data’
The processing power of Hadoop and other big data tools is making it more feasible for companies to tap into dark data, information that previously was left untouched in IT systems.

Trending Terms
dark post
dark webdark social
unstructured data
big data management
semi-structured data

Writing for Business
Information extraction is a process intended to pull meaningful data from noisy text without making _________ changes in the author`s intended meaning.
a. substantial
b. substantive

December 19, 2017  6:15 PM

AWS IoT Button

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The AWS IoT Button is a programmable, Wi-Fi-enabled input device that allows Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers to automate an action in the AWS public cloud, such as deploying a virtual machine (VM), by literally pushing a button on a wireless dongle. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“While the AWS IoT Button is useful for many simple tasks, developers shouldn’t tie the device to security-sensitive operations and should keep an eye on battery life.” – Chris Moyer

Learning Center
The Jetsons made the internet of things look so easy
The Jetsons made IoT look easy — and cool. What they never showed us, though, is the creepy or just plain wrong that sometimes accompanies the cool.

Push the AWS IoT Button for noncritical tasks
The AWS IoT Button gives developers a device to use for simple operations. But they should be mindful of how — and how often — they use it.

Lambda provides backbone for AWS IoT projects
Developers on AWS IoT projects use a Lambda programming model to code logic for internet of things applications, connecting devices and cloud services.

Development teams aim to find AWS Greengrass IoT match
AWS’ Greengrass IoT capabilities expand on-premises options for users that aren’t always connected to the internet or who want local Lambda-like capabilities.

AWS IoT platform connects devices to cloud services
The AWS IoT platform allows developers to harness and process data from objects. Dig into the five pieces of Amazon’s burgeoning IoT service.

Trending Terms
cloud services
Amazon SNS
Amazon DDB
AWS Lambda

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

December 18, 2017  6:12 PM


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Neurodiversity is the range of discrete variations in the nervous systems of individuals across the population, particularly in ways that are manifested in clusters of non-standard behaviors. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“From a corporate perspective, a diverse team with different points of view and ways of approaching problems is a big benefit when it comes to solving security issues.” – Shahar Ben-Hador

Learning Center
Cybersecurity skills gap fixes must support minorities
The cybersecurity skills gap could be reduced with more focus on women and minorities, according to experts.

Ask the expert: The value of diversity in cybersecurity staffing
Cybersecurity expert Tarah Wheeler explains why embracing diversity in cybersecurity can help solve the problems that are baffling information security professionals.

Diversity in IT and its workforce helps boost performance, output
In this SearchCIO video, Bruce Maas, vice provost for IT and CIO at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, details the need for diversity in IT.

Tech promotes communities and diversity in HR, LinkedIn exec says
Diversity in HR and tech tools to help achieve it are topics for LinkedIn chief human resources officer in Q&A before HR Tech World 2017.

Women, technology and diversity hiring — it’s still a challenge
Technology and diversity still don’t go hand in hand. A panel of software developers share their experiences in the effort to bring diversity to work.

Trending Terms
diversity training
human resource management
corporate culture
workforce analytics
business model
innovation culture

Writing for Business
HR was concerned that announcements of job cuts could ___________ staff morale.
a. effect
b. affect

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

Learning Center
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

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