Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

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

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

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