Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

October 27, 2016  9:10 PM


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ai, engine

In computer programming, an engine is a program that performs a core or essential function for other programs. Engines are used in operating systems, subsystems or application programs to coordinate the overall operation of other programs.  Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Business rules engines are usually architected as pluggable software components that separate the business rules from the application code. This separation helps reduce the time, effort, and costs of application maintenance.” – Alex Berson

Learning Center
Overview of Business Rules Engines
Learn how to successfully navigate the business rules engines.

A search engine that ‘makes’ data-driven business decisions
Search engine technologies can mine enterprise data for making data-driven business decisions. Sid Probstein of Attivio discusses the company’s graph engine and how it works.

Powering a more efficient enterprise search engine
To power an enterprise search engine that locates relevant, valuable results, companies are turning to new technologies like analytics and search-based apps.

Spark vs. Hadoop: Is big data engine a replacement part?
Strata + Hadoop World 2015 attendees offer a range of views on Spark vs. Hadoop, looking at whether Apache Spark may replace its vaunted predecessor.

Cisco analytics engine helps maintain app health in big data centers
The latest Cisco analytics engine examines 1 million traffic flows a second to help network administrators maintain application performance.

Related Terms
deep learning
Analytical Engine
correlation engine
Charles Babbage

Related Tags
Database management products and solutions
Enterprise search platforms

October 26, 2016  8:13 PM

quantum computing

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Quantum computing is an area of study that focuses on developing computer technology that is based on the principles of quantum theory. Following the laws of quantum physics, a computer would gain enormous processing power through the ability to be in multiple states and to perform tasks using all possible permutations simultaneously. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Besides transforming material science, quantum computing could lead to significant developments in artificial intelligence and allow for search or analysis of much more data than can be handled by today’s most powerful machines.” – David Cory

Learning Center
Can IBM fast-track quantum computing via the crowd?
IBM hails its new cloud-enabled quantum computing service as the birth of the quantum age of computing. Also in Searchlight: Facebook rewards 10-year-old for ethical hacking.

IBM takes on quantum computing; how CIOs can hone customer-centric design
IBM is seeking to speed innovation and discover new use cases for quantum computing.

Google snaps up startup in push to master computer vision
With its purchase of Moodstocks, a machine learning-based image recognition startup, Google keeps pushing into the next frontier — computer vision. Also: C-level exit at Microsoft.

Three CIO communication tips that will change the way you lead
Mark Jeffries argues that knowing these three communication assumptions will turn CIOs and senior IT leaders into better communicators.

Emerging tech trends point to new era of digital business
This year’s hype cycle on emerging tech trends whittles down 2,000 technologies to the 30-plus CIOs should consider when building out their IT roadmap.

Related Terms
quantum theory
quantum computer
uncertainty principle

Related Tags
Leadership and strategic planning
Cloud computing for enterprise CIOs

October 25, 2016  6:48 PM

Hofstadter’s law

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Project management, Time Management

Hofstadter’s law is the observation that “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” In other words, time estimates for how long anything will take to accomplish always fall short of the actual time required — even when the time allotment is increased to compensate for the human tendency to underestimate it. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Once you realize that time is your most important asset, it becomes clear that you have to be stingy about what you take on.” – Kevin Beaver

Learning Center
Time management strategies for the IT pro
To get the most out of your IT career, time management skills are critical for IT professionals to have. Hone your talents with these time-management best practices and get the most out of every working minute.

Can time management improve productivity of QA testers?
QA time management is not a contradiction in terms. Expert Amy Reichert shares her secrets with QA testers to end testing procrastination forever.

How to estimate project completion times
To determine the duration of an individual task or calculate when a project will complete, Lawrence Oliva suggests using your expert judgment, top-down estimating, and parametric formulas such as PERT.

Top 10 time management tips
Do you have a time management problem? Use these ten tips to see if you do and solve the problem.

Prioritize your IT tasks and finally conquer your to-do list
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by a growing to-do list of IT tasks, but there are easy steps you can take to decide what to tackle first and what can wait.

Related Terms
time management
project management
pomodoro technique
relentless incrementalism

Related Tags
Software project management process
IT career development and training

October 24, 2016  8:04 PM

access governance

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Access control

Access governance (AG) is an aspect of information technology (IT) security management that seeks to reduce the risks associated with end users who have unnecessary access privileges. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“All types of organizations are discovering that they need much greater visibility into who can access their key resources — and maintain stronger policies and controls over employees who no longer need to access task-specific information.” – Travis Greene

Learning Center
How IAM can address unstructured content security risks
Unstructured content is difficult to locate and manage. Learn how your enterprise can apply identity and access management and improve security controls.

User provisioning best practices: Access recertification
User provisioning best practices dictate that user access needs to be continually monitored to make sure no one has access to anything they shouldn’t — known as access recertification. Learn more about how to implement this process in this expert tip.

Companies falling behind on IT access governance, survey finds
IT access governance is becoming a major problem, according to a new Ponemon Institute survey. Many enterprises are having trouble keeping pace with access changes as the result of cloud computing, outsourcing and a greater reliance on independent contractors.

Best practices: How to implement and maintain enterprise user roles
Checklist: Learn the steps necessary for a successful enterprise user role management implementation.

Access control compliance and corporate governance considerations
Learn about access control compliance considerations and how to help your client stay compliant when implementing access control technologies.

Related Terms
access control
risk management
access recertification

Related Tags
Web authentication and access control
Enterprise user provisioning tools

October 21, 2016  5:33 PM

data center infrastructure management (DCIM)

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Data center infrastructure

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is the convergence of IT and building facilities functions within an organization. The goal of a DCIM initiative is to provide administrators with a holistic view of a data center’s performance so that energy, equipment and floor space are used as efficiently as possible. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“With DCIM, many corporations have been through the early deployment stage, understand the potential pain points, and realize that successfully deploying DCIM solutions is a lot of work.” – Jennifer Cooke

Learning Center
Evolving DCIM market shows automation, convergence top IT’s wish list
The DCIM market evolves as IT teams look for new capabilities in data center management tools, ranging from greater automation to predictive analytics.

Users, experts speak out about DCIM tools
Users and experts explore their thoughts on the usefulness and future of DCIM tools.

Next-gen DCIM software holds insights for data center groups
DCIM software unifies facilities and IT with comprehensive data center monitoring. Next-gen tools even tell the business about available capacity and green IT.

Early DCIM software users pay more than Johnny-come-latelies
The TCO for DCIM software has dropped by 40% in three years as enterprises find ways to bring IT and facilities teams together in the data center.

DCIM vendors’ promises vs. data center realities
DCIM vendors and products are volatile today, giving some enterprise IT shops pause about whether DCIM’s promised future benefits are worth today’s cost and integration hassles.

Related Terms
data center infrastructure efficiency
power usage effectiveness
water usage effectiveness
building management system
continuous modeling

Related Tags
Converged systems management
Data center capacity planning

October 21, 2016  3:31 PM

sock puppet marketing

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Sock puppet marketing is the use of a false identity to artificially stimulate demand for a product, brand or service. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“It sounds harmless, but don’t be fooled. Sock puppetry on social media outlets is not only unscrupulous, but it may be illegal in some cases.” – Laura Aberle

Learning Center
Using social media so your brand awareness strategy strikes it hot
Visibility, relevance and velocity are three key areas to measure in using social media for your brand awareness strategy.

Using social media for business: Terms you should know
Social media offers new ways for enterprises to collaborate with consumers. Here’s a roundup of terms related to using social media for business, from the basics to newer concepts.

Internal social CRM strategies, personality seen as building brand awareness
Social CRM is still about business strategy and customer satisfaction, but the social part brings a whole new element to traditional CRM. Find out how Dell and three other companies leverage social CRM to build brand awareness with social media tools.

Choosing the right social media branding strategy
Social media branding strategy can help businesses generate publicity and build consumer loyalty, but there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for this component of modern marketing.

Customer engagement strategies hinge on social media savvy
Social media is gaining importance in customer engagement strategies, but many sales teams struggle with how to take full advantage of social tools.

Related Terms
sock puppet
reputation management
social media influence
Internet shill

Related Tags
Enterprise social media management
Internet marketing strategy

October 19, 2016  8:06 PM

digital transformation

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Digital transformation

Digital transformation is the reinvention of an organization through the use of digital technology to improve the way it performs and serves its constituents. Digital refers to the use of technology that generates, stores and processes data. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Because digital transformation won’t look the same from one business to the next, starting small gives CIOs the opportunity to experiment so you can capitalize on those that take off and kill those that don’t.” – Gerald C. Kane

Learning Center
Digital transformation to be major theme in ONUG 2016 fall conference
ONUG co-founder Nick Lippis discusses major topics that will be covered during the ONUG 2016 fall conference. Hint: Digital transformation.

Digital transformation initiatives reap business value
Digital transformation initiatives can help organizations streamline their communications and improve employee workflows.

2016 channel trends: Digital transformation to alter relationships
Channel trends in 2016 will include digital transformation, cloud management, IT security and the Internet of Things.

How ‘digital empowerment’ of users can speed business transformation
In this video interview, Allison Mnookin, CEO at QuickBase Inc., explains the value of digital empowerment.

Without an ITSM strategy, there is no digital transformation
Top-notch ITSM practices, far from being a roadblock to digital transformation, are the CIO’s key to delivering radical business change.

Related Terms
IT transformation
digital enterprise
business model innovation

Related Tags
Leadership and strategic planning
Enterprise IT and business management

October 18, 2016  8:49 PM

sales funnel

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CRM, Customer analytics

A sales funnel, also called a purchase funnel, is the visual representation of a how a sale proceeds in a linear fashion from customer awareness to customer action. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The sales funnel — that inverse-pyramid-shaped image that depicts the pool of prospects that marketers are supposed to entice then shunt over to sales — has become a key tool in nurturing prospects, then converting them into customers.” – Lauren Horwitz

Learning Center
Salesforce Analytics Cloud gives the sales funnel a B-12 shot
Sales and marketing are known for misalignment. Here’s how two companies use the Salesforce Analytics Cloud to come together and fix the sales funnel.

How marketers are reining in the sales funnel process
Marketing teams can no longer rely on a linear, sequential sales funnel process. Can sales funnel management tools harness erratic customer journeys?

Tactics for fixing the sales funnel and finding ROI
Many companies want ROI from the sales funnel, but they’re still stuck treating it as a dumping ground for low-value leads. Find out how to turn that around.

Sales-marketing alignment fuels successful account-based marketing
Account-based marketing is taking the industry by storm. Find out if this strategy is the right fit for your business.

Can predictive analytics make sales funnel management work?
Better sales funnel management is core to company growth and sales efficiency. How can predictive analytics help sales teams get there? Expert Steve Robins has insights.

Related Terms
customer life cycle
customer analytics
age of the customer
funnel analysis

Related Tags
Customer analytics
Sales enablement and performance management tools

October 17, 2016  7:56 PM

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS)

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Telecom, UCaaS

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) is a delivery model in which a variety of communication and collaboration applications and services are outsourced to a third-party provider and delivered over an IP network, usually the public Internet. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Not only does UCaaS make life easier for IT, but the business becomes more agile as employees now have the tools to work more productively.” – Jon Arnold

Learning Center
Your expert guide to Unified Communications as a Service
Participate in our brief UC survey and immediately receive our complimentary guide covering all the latest UCaaS trends and information!

Evaluating UCaaS providers with three key criteria
When shopping for UCaaS providers, be sure to evaluate vendors’ flexibility of offerings, cloud expertise, and the different deployment models available.

How to evaluate cloud unified communications services
Learn to choose which cloud unified communications services provide the best, most secure work-anywhere capabilities to your employees.

UC as a service emerging as a viable deployment model
In this article, telephony expert Jon Arnold examines how UC as a service evolved from premises-based unified communications for the enterprise.

Comparing the top UC cloud products and providers
With their cloud products, unified communications vendors offer a wide array of features. Find out which providers and services meet your business needs.

Related Terms
unified communications
presence technology
high availability

Related Tags
Unified communications architecture and service models
Developing a UC strategy

October 14, 2016  8:21 PM

server hardware degradation

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Server, Virtualization

Server hardware degradation is the gradual breakdown of the physical parts of a server. There are several general areas where server degradation problems occur including power, temperature, management and memory. The electric components inside servers age over time, and heat sinks and fans get clogged with dust, reducing the server’s efficiency and performance. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Rapid advances in server peripherals, such as networking and storage, create a dilemma for IT shops: should they replace or upgrade older servers?” – Jim O’Reilly

Learning Center
Want expert advice on purchasing server hardware?
Access our free guide now by telling us about your server hardware initiatives. Inside you’ll find vendor – neutral tips for choosing the best servers for your organization!

Three indicators that could signal database performance issues
Tools that can find and fix the cause of performance degradation are vital for organizations experiencing database performance issues.

Virtual server bottlenecks among data storage problems
Virtual server performance bottlenecks remain one of many nagging data storage problems, but there are ways to identify bottlenecks and performance-robbing configuration issues.

Six things that can wreck storage system performance
Storage system performance bottlenecks can occur in different places. Here are six areas that can help you pinpoint the sources of your performance bottlenecks and eliminate them.

Why is virtual server capacity planning so difficult?
Virtual server capacity planning is difficult, and IT admins must rely on virtualization-aware management tools to ensure they can accurately track and predict resource use.

Related Terms
graceful degradation
server virtualization
forklift upgrade

zombie server

headless server

Related Tags
Server hardware and virtualization
Capacity planning for virtualization

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