Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

May 1, 2018  5:33 PM

integrated development environment (IDE)

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An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software suite that consolidates the basic tools developers need to write and test software. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Without IDE tools to visualize your code, the traditional way to analyze source code is to search for strings and then physically connect the dots.” – George Lawton

Learning Center
Build secure coding practices right into the IDE
Not every application is secure by design, which is why developers must be aware of secure coding guidelines and implement secure coding practices when they build software.

AWS appeals to the masses with low-code development project
An AWS low-code development platform in the works will enable nonprogrammers to create applications for the AWS cloud and fires a shot across Microsoft’s bow.

AWS Cloud9 IDE connects dispersed development teams
Developers can use the AWS Cloud9 IDE to work with each other within one console, eliminating geographic boundaries.

Learn about the top mobile app development platforms
Vendors that offer the top mobile app development platforms vary in what they can provide organizations. Here we focus on 12 prominent players in the MADP market.

Seven buying factors to compare mobile app dev platforms
When comparing mobile app dev platforms, buyers should examine what app types they support, as well as lifecycle management, integration and security features.

Trending Terms
interpreted script
cloud IDE
Visual Studio .NET

Writing for Business
Treating testing as a ________ rather than something that should be done continuously throughout software development is a recipe for defective software.
A. phase
B. faze

April 30, 2018  2:52 PM

evil maid attack

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An evil maid attack is a security exploit that physically targets an unattended computing device. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“There are some things you could do to protect against evil maid attacks: use a strong password, set a password on the bios to prevent changes to the bios, only boot the system off of the hard drive and have some sort of tamper-evident alert if someone changes the hardware.” – Nick Lewis

Learning Center
Keycard vulnerability threatens millions of hotel rooms
A keycard vulnerability enabled researchers to create a master key to access every room in a targeted hotel, potentially putting millions of rooms at risk of a break-in.

Why security incident management is paramount for enterprises
The final component of achieving cybersecurity readiness is building a proper security incident management plan. Here’s how to do it.

Evil maid attacks: How can they be stopped?
An evil maid attack can bypass full disk encryption and expose sensitive corporate data. Here’s how to protect systems and data from evil maids.

How IoT security is different from physical and conventional IT security
There are a number of systematic differences that should make us view IoT security differently than physical security and even conventional IT security.

Data center physical security gets a tougher look
Data center physical security is increasingly a topic that is getting a closer look, with tough questions, from organizations seeking colocation space.

Trending Terms
industrial espionage
full-disk encryption
physical security
insider threat

Writing for Business
An enterprise needs to have an overall plan to protect PII and secure _________ sensitive data.
A. their
B. its

April 27, 2018  12:05 AM

virtual private cloud (VPC)

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A virtual private cloud (VPC) is the logical division of a service provider’s public cloud multi-tenant architecture to support private cloud computing in a public cloud environment. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“It isn’t enough for a virtual private cloud server provider to enable subscribers to create additional virtual private clouds. The infrastructure must also support the use of separate security domains.” – Brien Posey

Learning Center
Compare virtual private cloud server providers
When comparing virtual private cloud server providers, consider cost, the underlying platform, whether they offer dedicated hardware and data lines, and whether they support multiple subnets and VPCs with separate security domains.

Virtual private cloud vs. private cloud differences explained
The distinction between virtual private cloud vs. private cloud lies in where the data resides. A virtual private cloud is an allocated portion of the public cloud, whereas a private cloud is on premises.

Weigh virtual private cloud benefits for enterprise IT teams
Virtual private cloud benefits range from compliance to smoother migrations. Compare VPCs to on-premises private clouds to see if they’re right for you.

Hybrid cloud providers offer different architecture types
Hybrid cloud providers like Cisco/GCP and AWS — with VPC or VMware Cloud on AWS — can allocate a portion of the public cloud to be used as a private cloud or support an on-premises private cloud. Vendors like Microsoft allow customers to move the public cloud to the private cloud with Azure Stack.

Flow logs sharpen visibility into GCP network
VPC Flow Logs is a welcome addition to GCP, as it adds network visibility to monitor and respond to issues with security or performance on Google’s public cloud. Though Google has played catch-up here, it also leaps over the competition in some important ways.

Trending Terms
private cloud
public cloud
cloud cartography
logical network
virtual LAN
Amazon VPC

Writing for Business
Brokers must work closely with cloud providers, while also _________ their services to appeal to customers.
A. distinguishing
B. differentiating

April 26, 2018  11:07 PM

Google Chromium

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Google Chromium is an open source project that was initiated to make source code for the Chrome OS and the Chrome browser available to developers. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Google draws its source code for Chrome from the Chromium project once it is happy with the stability and functionalities of features in production.” – Adrian Bridgwater

Learning Center
The Symantec-Google feud can’t be swept under the rug
The Symantec-Google feud regarding the antivirus vendor’s web certificate practices appears to be over. But that doesn’t mean it should be minimized or ignored.

Hijacked Chrome extensions infect millions of users
Eight hijacked Chrome extensions were used to infect more than four million users. Plus, Cloudflare ignites debate over freedom of speech, and more.

Google open sources Chromium browser bug tracker
Google has moved Monorail — the bug tracker used by the Chromium open source browser — to a newly open sourced status.

Google Chrome OS vs. Chromium OS: Understanding the difference
Google Chromebooks, the Chrome OS and Chromium OS all support HTML5 and new RDP clients. Learn the differences here.

Risk & Repeat: Google slams Symantec certificates
This Risk & Repeat podcast examines the dispute between Symantec and Google regarding claims of 30,000 mis-issued Symantec certificates over several years.

Trending Terms
open source
Chrome browser
Chrome Remote Desktop
source code

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April 25, 2018  10:36 PM

Amazon Key

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Amazon Key is an in-home and in-car delivery service that allows authorized shippers to gain access to an Amazon Prime customer’s home, post office box or car trunk during specified times. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The next level of the IoT-enabled smart home will be to first understand when something out of the ordinary is happening, and then autonomously solve the problem with corresponding responses.” – Haomiao Huang

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The future of the IoT-enabled smart home
The IoT-enabled smart home of the future will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to run the dishwasher — and end domestic violence.

Internet of Things use cases that do more than lock doors
Not all Internet of Things use cases take full advantage of what robust networks can enable. The real benefits come from intelligence and automation.

Smart home biometric data: How domotics enable IoT data applications
Domotic data can be gleaned from smart home devices to benefit a number of applications, explains Raoul Wijgergangs of Z-Wave, Sigma Designs.

What security is needed for digital assistant devices?
Alexa for Business Platform and other digital assistant devices are set to transform business operations, but how will they affect cybersecurity?

Adapting multifamily housing for the IoT revolution
As IoT infiltrates everyday life, says IOTAS’ Sce Pike, multifamily housing developers need to put infrastructure in place to meet demands of modern renters.

Trending Terms
Amazon Prime
smart lock
smart home
endpoint authentication
home automation
Internet of Things

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

April 24, 2018  9:50 PM

software robotics

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Software robotics is the use of bot programs to automate computer tasks normally performed by people. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Simply put, RPA technology enables companies to automate manual processes across the enterprise using software robots, in turn reducing human error and saving money on labor.” – Linda Rosencrance

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IoT finds a home in RPA technology
When RPA technology is combined with IoT, companies can optimize processes and better utilize their workforces.

Software robot tech arrives: Are CIOs ready?
Software robot initiatives are rapidly moving from pilots to enterprise deployments that call for greater CIO involvement.

Readying your IT shop for RPA software
What is IT’s role in implementing RPA software? It depends. Following a pilot project, Fannie Mae asked its RPA integrator to train its IT team to automate processes across the company. Not every RPA project, however, requires that.

Robotic process automation software unites vendors, partners
As robotic process automation software deployments grow in sophistication, vendors are teaming with channel partners to tap the market opportunity.

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.

Trending Terms
robotic process automation
robot economy
IT automation
smart robot
industrial automation

Writing for Business
Some people fear that robots will get out of hand and suggest that we’ll get our just _______ because we allowed it to happen.
A. deserts
B. desserts

April 23, 2018  6:47 PM

onboard intelligence

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Onboard intelligence is the use of artificial intelligence (AI) that is housed locally in the device it operates. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“To enable edge devices to make better decisions, onboard deep learning processors are required.” – Vishnu Andhare

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CTO Simon Crosby explains edge intelligence, talks AI uses and risks
What do you get when you cross edge analytics with machine learning? Edge intelligence, which eliminates the need for cloud data storage in predictive analytics. CTO Simon Crosby explains how it works and offers insights into AI uses, data breach risks and more.

Is IoT taking us back to the garage? The ‘hardware renaissance’
Vishnu Andhare of ISG says we’re at the dawn of a hardware renaissance, where IoT hardware startups have the chance to rule the world.

AI leaders call for a stop on development of autonomous weapons
Business leaders and artificial intelligence experts sign an open letter to the governments warning of the risks of an AI arms race in autonomous weapons.

AWS AI services toss machine learning keys to dev teams
A slate of AWS AI services unveiled at re:Invent extends the cloud provider’s machine learning, natural language and video processing capabilities.

The power, promise and controversy of AI applications
Artificial intelligence is everywhere, and as AI applications such as chatbots become pervasive, the tech industry may need to set some ground rules.

Trending Terms
autonomous system
driverless car
edge computing
robotic process automation
machine learning

Writing for Business
Although big data is getting bigger all the time, much of the data being collected ___ useless.
A. is
B. are

April 20, 2018  6:44 PM


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FlexPod is a reference architecture for server, storage and networking components that are pre-tested and validated to work together as an integrated infrastructure stack. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“FlexPod architectures can help an organization achieve a higher degree of reliability by using components that are certified to work with one another.” – Brien Posey

Learning Center
Emergencies force Safelite to break glass, add NetApp FlexPod
An auto glass supplier best known for on-the-spot replacement of automobile windshields turned to a NetApp FlexPod and SolidFire implementation to consolidate and retire aging storage from several vendors. Safelite’s implementation was the basis for NetApp SolidFire SF reference architecture.

Hyper-converged infrastructure solutions to set 2018 pace
Hyper-converged infrastructure solutions, along with flash storage and cloud-based technology, will see more customer investment in 2018.

FlexPod SF converges NetApp SolidFire onto Cisco hardware
FlexPod SF is the first FlexPod architecture to use all Cisco hardware; only the SolidFire Element OS comes from storage vendor NetApp.

All-flash HCI storage requires new management tools, techniques
Before you deploy all-flash HCI storage systems, understand the new management and analytics demands they’ll bring to your team.

NetApp FlexPod eases integration within data centers
Voters said NetApp FlexPod’s scalability and flexibility helps it stand out among other converged and hyper-converged competitors.

Trending Terms
NetApp SolidFire
converged infrastructure
all-flash array
solid-state storage

Writing for Business
_________ of the cost, we should seriously think about moving to a converged infrastructure.
A. Irregardless
B. Regardless

April 18, 2018  3:47 PM

martech (marketing technology)

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Martech is the area of customer relationship management (CRM) that is concerned with using digital tools to automate tasks and help marketers make data-driven decisions. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Everyone should have a good idea of their CRM capabilities, their automation system and where their website is, and you can base a lot of the other decisions off this. If you’re inheriting a martech stack, these are the hardest products to change.” – Maria Pergolino

Learning Center
Measure your digital marketing ROI, keep your job
Digital marketing ROI has been difficult to tie to concrete revenue numbers — until now. New data tools and measurement metrics mean CFOs can now hold marketing to the same accountability as sales and operations.

How to best manage your martech stack: A Q&A with Scott Brinker
ChiefMarTec co-founder Scott Brinker talks about the growing marketing technology landscape, tips for controlling your martech stack and his new role at HubSpot.

Customizing a martech stack to meet business needs
How do you make marketing automation platforms drive leads to your sales funnel? It takes the right martech stack and content to push to potential customers.

Pipeline podcast: Exploring the growth of the martech stack
Marketing technology and how to organize your martech stack were the focus of the recent MarTech Conference in Boston.

CRM, martech stack helping customers hear Sprint now
Sprint’s CRM and martech stack helps keep momentum and customer gains from 2016’s successful ad campaign bounce. CMO Roger Sole discusses this and more.

Trending Terms
programmatic advertising
marketing automation
content management system
structured content
web analytics
digital customer experience delivery platform

Writing for Business
I requested copies of the marketing report for other team members and ____.
A. me
B. myself
C. I

April 17, 2018  3:36 PM

explainable AI (XAI)

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Explainable AI (XAI) is artificial intelligence that is programmed to describe its purpose, rationale and decision-making process in a way that can be understood by the average person. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“You don’t make your company successful by buying a bucket of AI. It’s not about waving an AI wand — there’s no intrinsic value by itself. It’s about picking the right thing to do with AI.” – Carl Hillier

Learning Center
Intelligent information management is ready for AI, blockchain
With AIIM changing its name to reflect the modern tech landscape, intelligent information management professionals discussed emerging technologies and their effect on the industry.

Companies want explainable AI, vendors respond
The call is on for explainable AI: A big theme at the Strata Data Conference was the need for more transparency into AI and machine learning technologies.

Humans and AI tools go hand in hand in analytics applications
Organizations are pairing up humans and AI tools in analytics applications in an effort to ensure that the output of machine learning algorithms and other forms of artificial intelligence is accurate and relevant.

Developing AI apps free from bias crucial to avoid analytics errors
Developing AI around biased data or unrealistic models can lead to less effective applications — and possibly land enterprises in regulatory hot water.

Artificial brains are no-brainers for business, but societal challenges inevitable
The benefits of artificial intelligence to businesses are already being reaped by early adopters.

Trending Terms
unsupervised learning
machine learning
deep learning
synthetic intelligence
supervised learning
algorithmic accountability

Writing for Business
Some employees fear that computers will take over their jobs with the _______ of machine learning, but that is not the case.
A. raise
B. rise

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