Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

February 7, 2017  10:14 PM

smart city

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
Big Data analytics, Internet of Things, smart city

A smart city is a municipality that uses technology to increase operational efficiency, disseminate information to residents and visitors and improve the quality of government services. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Dubai has emerged as one of the few places in the Middle East to offer smart city benchmarks, and its evolution will be closely watched.” – Edward Banda

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The evolution of smart Dubai
Aisha Bin Bishr, director general at Smart Dubai Office, discusses how Dubai is evolving as a smart city with the support of local telecoms provider Du.

Building a smart city: It takes a village
Building a smart city in which government, businesses and residents will prosper requires just the right mix of vendors, technologies and standards.

Three steps towards a hierarchy of needs for smart cities
Smart cities face challenges around network connectivity, standardization and data governance, say IoT experts, and these needs must be met for them to flourish.

Tel Aviv: A smart city where community engagement is the measure of success
Like many locations across the world, Tel Aviv is using the latest technologies to create a smart city.

Get smart about data integration for a truly smart city
To avoid ending up siloed, city leaders should plan ahead and create a blueprint of how they want data to integrate and flow in their smart city.

Trending Terms
control network
advanced analytics
database management system
strategic innovation
Internet of Everything
data democratization

Writing for Business
In the United States, smart city deployments are often funded as pilots, _______ this is not always made clear to taxpayers.
A. though
B. although

February 6, 2017  10:45 PM

Dodd-Frank Act

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
Compliace, Dodd-Frank

The Dodd-Frank Act (fully known as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) is a United States federal law that places regulation of the financial industry in the hands of the government. The legislation, which was enacted in July 2010, created financial regulatory processes to limit risk by enforcing transparency and accountability. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Collectively, the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, the U.S. Dodd-Frank rules and the global framework Basel III mean that financial institutions have to tag, aggregate and share risk data much better than before.” – Neil Ainger

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Compliance culture: FINRA shifts regulatory focus
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has shifted priorities in 2016, focusing on how businesses exemplify a ‘compliance culture’ through their internal processes.

GRC roundup: Trump’s transition team looks to dismantle Dodd-Frank
Will President-Elect Trump’s transition team follow through on promises to get rid of Dodd-Frank compliance regulations?

Navigating the compliance challenges of the Dodd-Frank bill
Complying with the requirements of the Dodd-Frank bill is a challenge for many organizations. Read on for tips to tackle them.

Gartner: Dodd-Frank regulations demand compliance bureau
All companies, not just financials, must comply with the Dodd-Frank Act; Gartner recommends having a compliance bureau monitor the implications.

Preparation underway for Dodd-Frank conflict mineral disclosures
The new disclosure rules for the Dodd-Frank conflict mineral provisions will hit several industry sectors. Learn how to prepare for and adequately meet these new regulations.

Trending Terms
Securities and Exchange Commission
The Great Recession
conduct risk
compliance burden

Writing for Business
Dodd-Frank has increased the ________ to which the Federal Reserve has become the primary regulator of the financial industry.
A. extant
B. extent

February 3, 2017  9:45 PM


Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
Container, Container virtualization

Kubernetes is Google’s open source system for managing Linux containers across private, public and hybrid cloud environments. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“We leverage a broad spectrum of operating systems for our application workloads. This is a testament to the inclusive and open nature of the Kubernetes ecosystem.” – Justin Erenkrantz

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Kubernetes multicloud orchestration pushes Docker portability forward
Kubernetes and Docker are more than just production-ready at one fintech company — Docker portability across clouds is closer to reality.

Q&A: Former Googlers’ startup nurtures enterprise Kubernetes
Enterprise Kubernetes in production will take a step closer to reality if former Google engineer and Heptio CEO Craig McLuckie has his way.

Enterprises get first glimpse into Kubernetes for Windows
With the public preview of Kubernetes 1.5, introduced in December 2016, enterprises get Kubernetes for Windows servers.

Containers and Kubernetes ease OpenStack lifecycle management pain
Kubernetes orchestration for the Mirantis lifecycle management tool is just one way Docker containers are being used to simplify OpenStack operations.

Tech firms roll out Kubernetes in production
Putting Google’s Kubernetes in production requires some technical elbow grease, but it has DevOps benefits for companies such as Concur and Barkly.

Trending Terms
Google Container Engine
container management software
Docker Swarm
rolling deployment

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

February 2, 2017  8:19 PM

precision agriculture

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
drone, iot, Predictive Analytics

Precision agriculture (PA) is an approach to farm management that uses information technology (IT) to ensure that the crops and soil receive exactly what they need for optimum health and productivity. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The farming industry would be quick to embrace precision agriculture with assistance from the IoT, using sensor networks and automation to improve productivity and reduce waste in both crop and livestock farming.” – Therese Cory

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IoT could be key to farming, says Beecham Research
The Internet of Things could be key to the farming industry meeting the challenge of increasing food production by 70% by 2050, says report.

Interview: How John Deere uses connectivity to make farms more efficient
After pioneering the use of automated vehicle technology 15 years ago, farm equipment supplier John Deere is now going further, with its sights set on efficiency and sustainability, says sales VP Christoph Wigger.

IoT technologies find a home down on the farm
Whether on the farm or in an ocean oil field, IoT technology plays a critical role. Here are two use cases that demonstrate the value of the technology.

Switch from standard BPM for more efficient agriculture
Farmers are ramping up standard BPM with iBPM to conserve resources.

Weather analytics project taps big data to optimize farm irrigation
The Flint River Partnership is testing weather analytics technology as part of a big data project aimed at generating localized weather forecasts for farmers in Georgia.

Trending Terms
business sustainability
predictive analytics

Writing for Business
In tropical regions, precision agriculture can use remote sensing to explain why soils _________ nutrients quickly when cultivated.
A. lose
B. loose

February 1, 2017  4:23 PM

smart hard hat

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
Embedded devices, Wearable devices

A smart hard hat is a rigid protective helmet with embedded sensors. The hat provides workers in construction and related industries with additional safety controls made possible through technology. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Engineering and construction environments see great potential in wearables, where people such as warehouse technicians can use wearables to receive instant alerts about potential hazards, while keeping hands and eyes independent of their devices.” – Kelly M. Stewart

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Look to the future of the wearable technology trend
The wearable technology trend has caught on with smartwatches and virtual reality headsets. This tech has the potential to break through the enterprise wall.

What’s the next big thing in the wearable device market?
The latest wearable devices aim to be functional and fashionable. From watches and glasses to jeans and suits, find out what’s next for the wearable device market.

Personal safety devices: A unique opportunity for wearable technology
Personal safety devices that track user location and send alerts for emergency assistance stand as a unique opportunity for the wearable technology market.

Seven ways to manage and secure business wearables
Wearable devices will be flying off the shelves in 2015, and IT admins need to figure out how to use EMM to manage business wearables.

Augmented reality technology still ‘experimental’ in the enterprise
Uses for augmented reality technology are few and far between right now, but the potential is growing. Learn where the AR market stands today and how companies can plan for this emerging technology.

Trending Terms
embedded device
active sensor
wearable computer
smart antenna

Writing for Business
Construction workers can use smart hard hats to detect _______ dangers and monitor their conditions and surroundings.
A. every day
B. everyday

January 31, 2017  2:26 PM

building information modeling (BIM)

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
3D model, computer aided engeneering

Building information modeling (BIM) is an approach to design engineering that combines traditional computer aided design (CAD) with 3D modeling. BIM software integrates visual information with data about specifications, materials, functionality and maintenance to provide all project participants with a unified view of the project and all its components. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“It’s critical that designers can adopt a BIM approach where all the key stakeholders in a build can collaborate efficiently and effectively during the design phase.” – Jukka Nyman

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How building information modelling is changing the construction industry
The Cabinet Office’s Government Construction Strategy says that by 2016, “collaborative 3D building information modelling will be required on all government projects”. What is BIM and how should it be done?

Sustainability technology solutions: Green ERP, building modeling
Solution providers that are interested in the sustainability technology sector are finding good potential around green ERP technology and business modeling consulting.

Plumbing goes digital — smart cities need BIM
Progman is a provider of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) design software used in Building Information Modeling (BIM) from Turku in Finland.

Virtual reality comes of age in manufacturing
Will there be virtual reality headsets in the living room by the end of 2015? Perhaps not, but Ford and BAE Systems are putting virtual reality to work.

Combining DCIM and BIM tools for effective datacenter management
If datacenter IT equipment and datacenter building was combined, building and cooling could be tailored to increase efficiency.

Trending Terms
3D modeling
digital manufacturing
home building software

Writing for Business
BIM can create multiple performance ________ that incorporate energy performance, social impact and environmental performance into a project’s framework.
A. analyses
B. analysis

January 30, 2017  5:03 PM

medical device class

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
FDA, HIPPA, medical device regulation, medical devices

Medical device class (MDC) is a regulatory category defined by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the United States, the FDA has the authority to regulate medical devices before and after they reach the marketplace. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“In today’s world of medical devices that are connected to a hospital’s network or even a patient’s own internet service at home, we see significant technological advances in patient care and, at the same time, an increase in the risk of cybersecurity breaches that could affect a device’s performance and functionality.” – Suzanne Schwartz, M.D.

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FDA issues medical device cybersecurity guidance for manufacturers
Medical device cybersecurity gets new FDA guidance; plus, Obama announces U.S. retaliation to Russia’s election hacks and more.

St. Jude Medical finally patches vulnerable medical IoT devices
Vulnerable medical IoT devices were patched after St. Jude Medical insisted they don’t exist. Plus, the Email Privacy Act is reintroduced and more.

Understanding FDA guidance on medical device cybersecurity
Medical device manufacturers and hospitals should pay attention to the new FDA guidance on cybersecurity of medical device. Expert Mike Villegas explains what the guidelines mean.

3D printing in healthcare blends medical and consumer devices
Certain uses for 3D printing in healthcare, such as hearing aids, are oversaturated, but the technology is finding its place in custom consumer devices.

Malware detection tool tackles medical device security
University of Michigan researchers designed WattsUpDoc, an embedded system security tool designed to detect malware in hospital equipment and improve medical device security.

Trending Terms
medical 3-D printing
medical body area network
HIPAA covered entity

Writing for Business
The FDA reclassified sutures as Class II medical devices in the early ______.
A. 1990’s
B. 1990s

January 27, 2017  5:10 PM

supply chain visibility (SCV)

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

Supply chain visibility (SCV) is the ability of parts, components or products in transit to be tracked from the manufacturer to their final destination. The goal of SCV is to improve and strengthen the supply chain by making data readily available to all stakeholders, including the customer. Continued…

Quote of the Day
“Manufacturers need supply chain visibility software to stay ahead of issues in the supply chain. This visibility is even more crucial in ever-changing global manufacturing environments.” – Christine Cignoli

Learning Center
Blockchain not a panacea for supply chain traceability, transparency
The hype around blockchain says it’s the perfect tool to ensure supply chain traceability and transparency. We asked the experts to weigh in.

Achieving strong supply chain visibility
Read advice on why ERP systems alone can’t provide supply chain visibility. Learn how supply chain visibility is changing.

The changing face of supply chain visibility
Learn how to prove the value of supply chain visibility and how to build a business case for projects.

Deciding whether to buy supply chain visibility software
Thinking of buying supply chain visibility software? Learn more about what to look for, and how a variety of vendors and product categories tout the benefits to supply chain visibility software.

Quick payback supply chain visibility projects
Rather than try for end-to-end visibility across the supply chain, experts recommend defining the first project around a primary pain point and scaling future efforts from there.

Trending Terms
inventory turns
supply chain
supply chain risk management
distribution channel

Writing for Business
Supply chain visibility can help manufacturers in managing _______ periods of inbound and outbound activity.
A. peak
B. peek
C. pique

January 26, 2017  6:46 PM

personally identifiable information (PII)

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

Personally identifiable information (PII) is any data that could potentially identify a specific individual. Any information that can be used to distinguish one person from another and can be used for de-anonymizing anonymous data can be considered PII. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Personally identifiable information can live outside the databases on corporate networks, and it needs to be locked down so attackers can’t get it.” – Kevin Beaver

Learning Center
PrivacyCon: Tech’s assault on (obliteration of?) consumer privacy
The FTC PrivacyCon event grappled with the question of how to reap the benefits of technology while protecting consumer privacy.

Uncover PII security risks with free tools
PII security is critically important in the enterprise. Learn about some free tools that IT administrators can use to locate and lock down SSN, credit card information and more.

How to keep personally identifiable information out of access logs
Learn how to prevent PII and internal IP addresses from being exposed in server access logs.

IRS breach shows the importance of PII security
A recent IRS breach exposed tax returns and filings of 100,000 accounts and demonstrated the importance of PII security.

Why your HR department needs PII security — now
Keeping personally identifiable information safe should be a priority for HR, but that’s often not the case. Here’s why PII security should be addressed today.

Trending Terms
privacy impact assessment
synthetic identity theft
unstructured data

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

January 25, 2017  8:50 PM


Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
Internet of Things, MEMS

A MEMS (microelectromechanical system) is a miniature machine that has both mechanical and electronic components. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the internet.” – Warwick Ashford

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UK more than doubles funds to build internet of things
UK government more than doubles funding for technology companies making devices that communicate over the internet.

Smart dust could be magic for IT
“Smart dust” devices are tiny wireless sensors that can detect everything from light to vibrations. Thanks to recent manufacturing breakthroughs, applications could range from monitoring temperature and humidity or tracking enemy movements in a military operation.

Asean countries consider IoT for smart farming
Malaysia is leading the way when it comes to using internet of things technologies to improve agriculture.

Plexxi integrates SDN with Calient’s 3D MEMS optical switch
By integrating with Calient’s 3D MEMS optical switch, Plexxi has added dynamic, any-to-any interconnection to its software-defined networking technology.

2013 networking industry outlook: Network fabrics can’t kill spanning tree
451 Research’s Erica Hanselman makes predictions for the networking industry in 2013. Network fabrics won’t kill spanning tree; enterprises will look at Ethernet exchanges for hybrid cloud.

Trending Terms
smart dust
control network

Writing for Business
Advantages of MEMS sensors are their size and their ability to be more closely integrated with their associated _______ devices.
A. electronic
B. electric

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