Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

June 7, 2018  5:35 PM

robotic personality

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Robotic personality is an advanced aspect of artificial intelligence (AI) in which smart machines display idiosyncratic human behavior. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“When service levels increase, so will customer expectations, along with greater reliance on AI for hyper-personalized customer service.” – Bridget Botelho

Learning Center
AI for customer service at the peril of personal relations
Companies are relying more on AI for customer service to deliver personalized customer experiences, while cutting personal interactions out of the equation.

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

Cognitive computing in healthcare mends doctor-patient gaps
In the era of medical specialization, cognitive computing in healthcare and big data aggregation can bridge the widening gap between doctors and patients.

Software robots transforming IT services industry
Software robots provide a dual opportunity for IT service providers that help clients use robotic process automation and also deploy it internally.

Alec Ross on how cognitive robots will change the world
Tech policy expert Alec Ross discusses how cognitive robots will impact the labor market and why the U.S. is positioned to capture tomorrow’s industries.

Trending Terms
Analytical Engine
machine learning
chaos theory
artificial personality

Writing for Business
Before I invest time and money in a certification for mechatronics, I want to seek ______ from someone at the Robotic Industries Association (RIA).
A. counsel
B. council

June 6, 2018  5:32 PM


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GitHub is a web-based version-control and collaboration platform for software developers. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“GitHub provides an improved developer experience on its website, enabling teams to quickly see changes from a specific commit without having to download it.” – Chris Moyer

Learning Center
Microsoft GitHub acquisition shakes up DevOps market
The Microsoft-GitHub acquisition brings a popular open source code repository into the fold of a vendor still best known for its proprietary history, even as Microsoft has turned over a new leaf with open source software the last few years.

Three cloud code repository options for AWS dev teams
GitHub, Bitbucket, as well as AWS CodeCommit and CodeStar, are a few cloud code repository options to store app code and synchronize changes.

5 reasons the Microsoft, GitHub acquisition makes sense
Microsoft has acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion, but some devs see risk in the Microsoft/GitHub deal. This post looks at why the deal makes sense.

Uber breach: How did a private GitHub repository fail Uber?
Expert Matt Pascucci explores and questions the use of third-party services, such as GitHub, for private repositories in light of the recent Uber breach.

Build a DevOps version control process for IT infrastructure
The DevOps version control process isn’t just for apps. Walk through an example of how code repositories such as Git control IT infrastructure changes.

Trending Terms
Software as a Service
Linus Torvalds
social coding
integrated development environment
open source

Writing for Business
It’s typically difficult to _______ programmers to document their code, even though it makes it easier to work with in the future.
A. convince
B. persuade

June 5, 2018  6:36 PM

VMware NSX

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VMware NSX is a virtual networking and security software product line created from VMware’s vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) and Nicira’s Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) intellectual property. Continued….

Quote of the Day

“Software-defined networking solves some problems posed by traditional data center design, and improvements to VMware microsegmentation in NSX make it a viable option for organizations considering SDN.” – Trevor Pott

Learning Center
VMware is redesigning NSX networking for the cloud
VMware is preparing a new version of NSX networking for public clouds. A company researcher said the new technology will be ready in about a year.

VMware NSX portfolio aims to unify local and cloud workloads
VMware COO for products and services Rajiv Ramaswami announced the company will will expand the VMware NSX portfolio to deliver microsegmentation technology to link and lock down local cloud infrastructures and apps.

VMware NSX integration push ramps up to reinforce IT ties
VMware’s NSX integration push accelerates as the company binds the product to its virtualization portfolio to deepen its enterprise IT footprint.

Top VMware NSX use cases go beyond microsegmentation
Microsegmentation is still the most popular of the VMware NSX use cases, but the company is exploring new avenues for its network virtualization platform.

VMware microsegmentation in NSX trumps going sans SDN
VMware microsegmentation in the company’s software-defined networking product, NSX, can be a game-changer for IT administrators and departments struggling with a mountain of network management tasks.

Trending Terms
software-defined networking
software-defined data center
load balancing
east-west traffic

Writing for Business
The survey results taught us that one in three network administrators ____ interested in learning more about software-defined networking.
A. was
B. were

June 4, 2018  6:34 PM

rapid mobile app development (RMAD)

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Rapid mobile app development (RMAD) is the use of low-code or no-code programming tools to quickly create and deploy mobile apps. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“A key facet of RMAD is that it supports individuals without development expertise — also known as citizen developers — by relying on low-code or no-code development techniques.” – Erica Mixon

Learning Center
Five rapid application development tools to consider for mobile
Learn about different vendors’ low- and no-code platforms, micro apps, and more in this rundown of rapid application development tools.

Developers at the mobile edge
We look at the challenges and opportunities to be found in creating mobile apps for an expanding array of devices.

How RMAD tools affect IT and mobile developer jobs
Experienced app developers looking for work in mobile don’t need to sweat RMAD tools taking their jobs, because it almost never happens.

How IT and end users can build mobile apps with RMAD tools
RMAD tools make it easier for IT or end users to build mobile apps themselves. But with so many vendors to choose from, finding the right one can take time.

Simplify mobile app development for the enterprise
Mobile app development for the enterprise can get costly if you let it. But there are a plethora of options to make your app dev journey a pleasant one.

Trending Terms
progressive web app
citizen development
mobile application development platform
LCNC platform
rapid application development
app monetization
Microsoft PowerApps

Writing for Business
Deployment of GPS-enabled mobile apps _______ dramatically increased during the last two years.
A. has
B. have

May 31, 2018  6:26 PM

active defense

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An active defense is the use of offensive actions to outmaneuver an adversary and make an attack more difficult to carry out. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The concept of active defense is based on increasing the probability of an attacker making a mistake and revealing their presence within the network.” – Carolyn Crandall

Learning Center
Georgia governor vetoes controversial cybersecurity bill
A cybersecurity bill that would have criminalized unauthorized access to computer systems was vetoed in Georgia this week after strong opposition from Google, Microsoft and other leaders in the tech community.

How does an active defense system benefit enterprise security?
How do active defense systems on private networks work? Here’s a closer look at enterprise options for these deception techniques.

Defense-in-depth strategy: Growing cyberthreat intelligence
Active defense-in-depth strategy is needed in cybersecurity. Find out what needs to be changed to improve cyberthreat intelligence and network security.

Active defense: The perils of cybervigilantism
Active defense strategies can be risky — and costly — for businesses, but do the benefits outweigh the downsides? Our #CIOChat participants highlight the hazards of hacking back.

David Neuman: The CISO position and keeping the cloud safe
Before taking a CISO position in the private sector, David Neuman rose up through the enlisted ranks, becoming an officer with global responsibilities.

Trending Terms
critical infrastructure and key resources
deception technology
incident response

Writing for Business
A botnet is a group of computers organized to distribute spam or malware — _________ the owners are typically unaware of the fact.
A. though
B. although
C. even though

May 30, 2018  6:16 PM

cross-platform mobile development

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Cross-platform mobile development is the creation of software applications that are compatible with multiple mobile operating systems. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Endpoint diversity and the differences in developer skill sets have made it critical that today’s mobile apps have strong performance across multiple platforms.” – Eric Klein

Learning Center
Cross-platform mobile app development is more viable than ever
Cross-platform mobile app development is now made simpler with a variety of tools and approaches. Organizations should take into account their existing developers’ experience.

DevOps, cross-platform, test are top mobile developer skills
Learn why mobile developer skills enterprises value — such as DevOps, cross-platform and test-driven development — differ from top skills on the consumer side.

Mobile application development trends away from native
Mobile application development trends reflect business users’ demands. Now, those demands include simplicity and unification, according to Sapho’s CTO.

Four tips for reducing mobile app development costs
A high mobile app development cost can be a death sentence for an organization’s mobility efforts. Keep prices low by using sketches and existing technologies.

Five rapid application development tools to consider for mobile
earn about different vendors’ low- and no-code platforms, micro apps, and more in this rundown of rapid application development tools.

Trending Terms
native app
hybrid mobile app
mobile application development platform
progressive web app
HTML5 mobile app
mobile operating system

Writing for Business
I prefer native apps ___ Web apps because they’re customized for my smartphone.
A. than
B. to

May 29, 2018  7:39 PM


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Counterintelligence (CI) is the information gathered and actions taken to identify and protect against an adversary’s knowledge collection activities or attempts to cause harm through sabotage or other actions. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The easiest way to implement a full counterintelligence stack is to use deception technology that misinforms and misleads attackers, thereby preventing them from furthering their attack.” – Carolyn Crandall

Learning CenterEC calls on online platforms to develop common code of practice to tackle ‘disinformation’
The European Commission says online platforms such as social media and video sites, have not done enough to tackle unethical use, and call on them “to decisively step up their efforts to tackle online disinformation.”

Election cyberattack proves people are still the biggest flaw
Experts said the NSA leak alleging election cyberattacks by Russia prove people are still the biggest cybersecurity flaw.

OURSA takes on RSA Conference to highlight diversity
After RSA Conference came under fire for a lack of female keynote speakers, infosec professionals formed the Our Security Advocates event, or OURSA.

How intelligence data leaks caused collateral damage for infosec
Intelligence data leaks, like the recent ones at the NSA and CIA, can cause serious damage for cybersecurity. Here’s how.

CISO job description: Business function more than IT
The CISO job description is always up for debate. Is it moving beyond IT to influence broader security and risk management initiatives?

Trending Terms
attack vector
confidentiality, integrity, and availability
data loss prevention
network forensics
deception technology
virtual honeypot

Writing for Business
The former bank technician admitted to the identity theft exploit and said he’d had a guilty ________ about it.
A. conscious
B. conscience

May 25, 2018  7:36 PM

continuous performance management

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Continuous performance management, in a human resource management context, is the supervision of an employee’s work through one-to-one discussions and ongoing feedback from supervisors and regularly scheduled check-ins. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“With continuous performance management, you actually can reflect back on a yearlong conversation you’ve had with your employee and make your performance review reflect more greatly the work that the person has done.” – Doug Dennerline

Learning Center
Federal HR wants to modernize cybersecurity recruiting, pay
The Trump administration plans to modernize cybersecurity recruiting and managing. It is asking vendors for information about the cost, tools and technologies it will need to achieve its federal HR goals.

Continuous performance management a rich source of talent analytics
Read how companies use continuous performance management to improve employee satisfaction and build their storehouse of talent through analytics.

Continuous performance management firm, BetterWorks, reboots
BetterWorks Systems, a startup on track to make a name for itself in the continuous performance management market, faced a sexual harassment lawsuit. It then went seven months without a CEO. The court case was dismissed, a new CEO was appointed and an AI-related upgrade is in the works.

Tips for automating the performance management process
Get tips on how to automate the performance management process, regardless of whether you have a full talent management suite or just documents and email.

Continuous feedback performance management boosts worker productivity
Learn the basics of continuous feedback performance management from companies that replaced annual reviews with coaching, peer reviews and career planning.

Trending Terms
talent activation
human capital management
performance management software
corporate performance management

Writing for Business
_____ performance review is scheduled for three o’clock?
A. Who’s
B. Whose

May 24, 2018  7:18 PM

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is legislation that will update and unify data privacy laws across the European Union. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“GDPR demands a global shift in thinking with respect to the collection and treatment of personal data. In simple terms, businesses don’t get a free-for-all mandate to use personal data as they please when they get consent. Businesses don’t own the personal data — the citizen does.” – Luis Franco

Learning Center
GDPR deadline: Keep calm and GDPR on
With the GDPR deadline looming, companies may still be scrambling to do “something” about it, but with less than 30 days to go the best move for many may be to wait and watch, and perhaps just consider ways in which GDPR may not be as important as everyone is saying.

Test your knowledge of GDPR rights and AWS data protection
The EU’s major data protection overhaul will dramatically alter how enterprises handle sensitive personal information. New GDPR rights turn over control of individual data to the consumer and limit what an organization can do with it.

How Salesforce teams will feel the impact of GDPR
The impact of GDPR for sales teams on Salesforce will call for trimming data processes down to the bone — and designing a process to ‘forget’ those who ask.

Six data risk management steps for GDPR compliance
A data governance framework must include data risk management. Learn the steps to achieve GDPR compliance and the components of data risk management, including data asset surveillance; data security; and protection, risk assessment and data classification.

GDPR call center compliance can be a sticky wicket
There are several questions you need to answer and answers you need to document when it comes to GDPR call center compliance, a process that can require the collaboration of business executives, call center managers and outside lawyers to establish and communicate data protection policies.

Trending Terms
EU Data Protection Directive Directive
data breach
express consent
data governance
right to be forgotten
Data Protection Bill 2017

Writing for Business
GDPR’s requirement for ‘privacy by design’ demands new approaches to customer __________ giving customers complete control over their data.
A. relationships, including
B. relationships including

May 23, 2018  7:31 PM


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Robojournalism is the use of software programs to generate articles, reports and other types of content. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Humans are, frankly, much, much better at adding context than machines. And machines are better at doing that data processing and number crunching than humans.” – James Kotecki

Learning Center
Natural language generation software making inroads in enterprises
Natural language generation software is gradually finding its way into enterprises as businesses look to deploy emerging artificial intelligence tools.

AP uses data collaboration platform to spread data journalism
The young field of data journalism needs data tooling to add factual context to stories. The Associated Press turned to a data collaboration platform to improve its ability to dig into data sets.

‘Robot writers’ adept at natural language generation, but they’re no Melville
Robots aren’t taking over the world (just yet, anyway), but the idea that robots could take over the world is certainly taking over the conversation among techies.

What to look for in web content management software
Web content management software must help organizations manage the entire content creation process. Here are some tips when considering a WCM platform.

Forbes digital media strategy monetizes content management system
Forbes is hoping to make its CMS system a competitive differentiator for digital publishing.

Trending Terms
content generation software
data mining
machine learning
software substitution
natural language generation

Writing for Business
The promise of automation is that people will need to work _____ hours.
A. fewer
B. less

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