Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

June 27, 2017  7:52 PM

backpropagation algorithm

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Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, Neural network

Backpropagation (backward propagation) is an important mathematical tool for improving the accuracy of predictions in data mining and machine learning. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Today, neural networks mainly learn to recognize patterns found in training data by using an incremental technique called backpropagation.” – Mike Matchett

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Delving into neural networks and deep learning
IT will soon use neural networks and deep learning to better manage the data center.

Making Watson-speak elementary: A glossary for users of AI in HR
To stay abreast of AI in HR, follow this short glossary to help understand commonly used terms in artificial intelligence.

Despite progress, the future of AI will require human assistance
The future of AI is promising, but the road to more human-like intelligence is a long one.

System for diners orders up Azure big data platform in the cloud
Hospitality technology and services provider Ziosk looks to Microsoft’s Azure big data platform and machine learning tools to bring advanced analytics to restaurant tables.

A new approach to condensing data leads to a 99% compression rate
Given the enormous thirst for data, coupled with the finite existence of copper and fiber optic cables that link clients and servers together, the need for powerful compression algorithms is self-evident. Has XLABS solved the problem with a 99% rate? They just may have!

Trending Terms
data mining
machine learning
optical character recognition
neural network
predictive analytics

Writing for Business
Although some parts of the consumer industry are adept at using artificial intelligence apps practically and profitably, most businesses are slow to ________ and implement AI.
A. except
B. accept

June 26, 2017  3:14 PM

corporate culture model

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Corporate culture

A corporate culture model is the organizing principle behind the values, beliefs and attitudes that characterize a company and guide its practices. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“It’s the actions and leadership activities that really drive culture more so than words.” – Isaac Sacolick

Learning Center
Uber CEO’s exit puts spotlight on importance of company culture
Read why Uber CEO’s resignation reinstates the importance of company culture and how CIOs can help set up a culture that works.

Company culture just the first step toward DevOps implementation
With so many pieces making up a successful DevOps implementation, where can companies find best practices?

Curing the IT identity crisis starts with understanding corporate culture
Author Jill Dyche; talks about her new book and explains why she thinks CIOs and IT leaders are going through a serious IT identity crisis.

Enterprise information security and privacy reliant on culture
Human beings are often the biggest threats to enterprise information security and privacy, but strong company leadership can offset these risks.

Company culture ideas to boost your IT channel teams
Need some company culture ideas for your channel firm? Experienced partner executives share their guiding principles for establishing rewarding workplaces.

Trending Terms
market culture
clan culture
innovation culture
hierarchical corporate culture

Writing for Business
When you respond to _______________ from multiple companies, you should demonstrate a broad understanding of each organization’s culture.
a. request for proposals
b. requests for proposal

June 23, 2017  5:52 PM

predictive maintenance (PdM)

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Predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance (PdM) is the servicing of equipment when it is estimated that service will be required. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Where industrial IoT is about devices or facilities that can each have hundreds or thousands of sensors, cognitive predictive maintenance technology is about predicting and preventing asset failures before they can happen.” – Yogesh Gupta

Learning Center
With ThingWorx IoT platform, HIROTEC eyes predictive maintenance
Automotive supplier HIROTEC uses PTC’s ThingWorx IoT platform to glean insights from its machine-generated data to predict plant floor downtime.

Predictive maintenance software points to machinery problems
Manufacturers increasingly are using predictive maintenance software to analyze data from the internet of things for signs of potential equipment failures.

Don’t learn lessons on predictive modeling techniques the hard way
Enterprises are learning lessons about implementing predictive modeling techniques that could have aided the Clinton campaign and election forecasters.

Progress buys IIoT predictive maintenance technology vendor DataRPM
Progress gives developers a tool for incorporating cognitive predictive maintenance technology into cloud applications with the acquisition of DataRPM.

Predictive maintenance brings efficiency to Trenitalia
New management system will help railway company reduce costs by applying predictive maintenance and data analytics to essential parts.

Trending Terms
data analytics
predictive analytics
smart manufacturing
machine data

Writing for Business
Predictive models of climate change inspired a movement to ______ the situation.
a. diffuse
b. defuse

June 22, 2017  4:02 PM

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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GDPR, right to be forgotten

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

Quote of the Day

“The GDPR is set to affect many, and not just those in the EU. If your organization collects data online, you may soon have to make some tough choices.” – Brien Posey

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Being GDPR compliant is not just a concern for the EU
Discover why being GDPR compliant isn’t restricted to the European Union, and how to prepare your organization for the regulation to go into effect.

How should companies prepare for EU GDPR compliance?
EU GDPR compliance failures will cost companies a lot of money. Here’s how enterprises should prepare to meet all the requirements by May 2018.

GDPR: It’s more than a regulation, it’s an opportunity
Don’t treat privacy compliance as drag n’ drop. Take these steps to progress your IoT data privacy journey and get ready for your GDPR close-up.

New EU GDPR privacy regulation set to take effect in 2018
With EU GDPR approved and set to take effect in less than two years, firms face challenges, obstacles, especially with cloud compliance.

EU GDPR compliance puts focus on data tracking, encryption
EU GDPR compliance calls for respecting the data, tracking the data down and keeping it encrypted, according to experts.

Trending Terms
EU Data Protection Directive
data protection
privacy impact assessment
personally identifiable information
right to be forgotten
privacy compliance

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

June 21, 2017  3:59 PM

container management software

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Container virtualization, Docker, Kubernetes

Container management software is programming that facilitates the administration of software modules deployed in a distributed environment. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The evolution of container management platforms may be generating a lot of buzz, but the software needs further improvement before it makes sense for organizations to invest in it.” – Paul Korzeniowski

Learning Center
When should you deploy containerized applications?
It’s easier to deploy containerized applications that are cleanly divided and straightforward, as opposed to applications that drive multiple processes.

When assessing container management software, think interoperability
Businesses using containers to help execute application modernization strategies need to know how to evaluate container management software.

Is it time to buy into container management platforms?
Although container management platforms have continued to evolve, the ecosystems are still missing key pieces tying software to system infrastructure.

Container management software gives IT power over workload swarms
Docker container management software brings orchestration and cloud ops to enterprise IT deployments, but it isn’t the only open source-based game in town.

Docker containerd ups the open source container management ante
Docker containerd expands Docker’s participation in the open source container management software community.

Trending Terms
microservice architecture
Google Container Engine

Writing for Business
In Kubernetes, a replication controller scales containers horizontally, ensuring there are more or ________ containers to meet the overall application’s computing needs.
A. less
B. fewer

June 20, 2017  7:17 PM


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medikiosk, telehealth

A kiosk (pronounced KEE-ahsk) is a small, free-standing physical structure that displays information or provides a service. Kiosks can be manned or unmanned and unmanned kiosks can be digital or non-digital. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The early success of self-service health kiosks, as well as the increased costs of healthcare, is opening the door for a new wave of low-cost and convenient health screenings.” – Reda Chouffani

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Rise of retail health kiosks enables greater patient engagement
More retail stores are beginning to offer self-service health kiosks that allow customers to conveniently check their vital signs during a shopping trip.

Healthcare kiosk showcased by Dell, Bay State Hospital
A healthcare kiosk powered by Dell telemedicine technology is showcased at Baystate Health’s health IT incubator. The kiosk enables telecheckups.

Virtual assistants part of expanding patient engagement
The widespread availability of smartphone virtual assistants may clear a path for their use in healthcare.

Making customer connections with interactive digital marketing
Talking digital marketing trends, digital signage, personalization and why customer engagement is the new name of the game with Jesse Cooper, co-founder of MetroClick.

Internet of Medical Things improves patient experience
Healthcare providers are using the Internet of Medical Things to improve the patient experience, from tracking people in surgery to remote monitoring.

Trending Terms
employee self-service
customer self-service
Internet of Medical Things
remote patient monitoring
community computing

Writing for Business
The ___________ records of UK offenders are now available electronically.
a. health care
b. healthcare

June 19, 2017  2:33 PM

serverless backup

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Serverless computing

A serverless backup is a type of network-based backup that seeks to limit the role of production servers in backup procedures. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Serverless backups offload the backup overhead from production servers while also helping to expedite the backup process.” – Brien Posey

Learning Center
Serverless architectures offer more than a catchy buzzword
To understand the innovation behind serverless architectures, start by exploring the abstraction and scalability benefits they delivers over traditional infrastructure.

An introduction to serverless backups
A serverless backup is a general term for a backup in which a production server is not involved (or is minimally involved) in the backup process. Taking production servers out of the backup process can increase backup efficiency. This tip outlines how serverless backups are performed today.

Serverless deployment spells fresh opportunities for IT ops
Serverless deployment will become a tool for IT ops pros to offer developers alongside traditional infrastructures.

FAQ: Serverless backup
Our site experts define serverless backup, explain the difference between LAN-free backups and serverless backups, and tell how to design a server-free backup architecture.

Function as a service, or serverless computing: Cloud’s next big act?
What is function as a service, aka serverless computing, and why do CIOs need to know about it?

Trending Terms
storage area network
disk image
Dell EMC NetWorker
image-based backup
serverless computing
storage snapshot

Writing for Business
Serverless computing can significantly bring down costs since you’re not paying for servers 24/7, _________ of whether they are actively serving requests.
A. irregardless
B. regardless

June 16, 2017  2:25 PM

native cloud application (NCA)

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Native application

A native cloud application (NCA) is a program that is designed specifically for a cloud computing architecture. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Cloud-native applications leverage the cloud-native features and APIs, which should provide a more efficient use of underlying resources.” – David Linthicum

Learning Center
Developing cloud applications must play by the rules — all 12 of them
Scalability isn’t enough when developing cloud applications. They need to be self-healing, self-restarting and able to recover their last state.

Cloud-native apps trigger a sea change in private cloud deployment
Private cloud deployment has always been important, especially for hybrid cloud. But in the future, as cloud-native apps become the norm, there will be a strategy shift.

The 12-Factor App is cloud-native development for dummies
People in the cloud-native computing space are selling the 12-Factor app mantra to Java developers like it’s something new. It’s not, so don’t buy into it.

Why cross-platform mobile app development tools beat hybrid, native
A developer compares hybrid and JavaScript-native mobile app development tools with iOS and Android native dev tools in this podcast.

Choosing an IaaS provider for traditional vs. cloud native apps
When choosing an IaaS provider, carefully consider your application portfolio, including your current and future mix of cloud native vs. traditional apps.

Trending Terms
Web app
cloud application
horizontal scalability
mobile cloud applications

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

June 14, 2017  8:58 PM

erasure coding

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Erasure coding, Object storage, RAID

Erasure coding (EC) is a method of data protection in which data is broken into fragments, expanded and encoded with redundant data pieces and stored across a set of different locations or storage media. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“You don’t need RAID if you’re using erasure coding because it provides better resilience and better durability than RAID.” – Marc Staimer

Learning Center
Erasure coding vs RAID as a data protection method
Erasure coding breaks data into chunks that can be reassembled to rebuild files in cases of data loss. It is mooted as a potential successor to RAID and backup software.

Hitachi Content Platform 8 focuses on cutting storage cost
Hitachi Content Platform 8 adds support for 10 TB HDDs, geographically distributed erasure coding, KVM hypervisors and new licensing model.

What you need to know about erasure code use in the enterprise
This guide features interviews with experts who explore how erasure code technology will have an impact on enterprise IT and its importance in protecting unstructured data.

Erasure coding vs. RAID: Benefits and challenges
The choice of erasure coding vs. RAID may come down to your storage capacity. Watch this video to help you select the right data protection method.

Data protection systems for primary storage
Today’s primary storage systems offer built-in data protection systems with snapshots, replication, mirroring and erasure coding that can ease backup, and possibly eliminate it.

Trending Terms
polynomial interpolation
forward error correction
archival storage
object storage

Writing for Business
An erasure coding scheme is defined by the erasure code’s ______ and controls the maximum number of fragments that can be lost while keeping the ability to retrieve the data.
A. perimeters
B. parameters

June 13, 2017  7:22 PM

Wave Analytics

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data visualiation, salesforce

Wave Analytics is a business intelligence (BI) platform from Salesforce.com that is optimized for mobile access and data visualization. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Wave can ingest all data from diverse data sets and effectively create the benefits of denormalized data on the fly.” – Adam Bataran

Learning Center
To update its insurance agency software, Farmers went with Salesforce
To modernize its web presence and claims process, Farmers Insurance updated its insurance agency software with Salesforce.

Salesforce Wave Analytics App integrates with B2B marketing
By integrating third-party applications, Salesforce Wave Analytics App is expected to make data and insight more actionable for customers.

Companies still struggle to unlock customer data analytics insight
Customer data analytics is the new black in sales, marketing and service. Companies know understanding customer data will lead to success in the future.

Accenture serves up data for all via Salesforce Wave analytics
Accenture went from no CRM to having 25,000 users on Salesforce Sales Cloud within five months. Next up, data for all via Salesforce Wave Analytics.

Business analytics tools help music-identifying app uncover insights
With the adoption of business analytics tools, Shazam’s global offices now all receive the same data reports and can more easily spot trends.

Trending Terms
data visualization
mobile first
business intelligence
data analytics
predictive analytics
Salesforce Einstein

Writing for Business
The ability to visualize data is important now and will only become _______ in the future.
a. more so
b. moreso

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