Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

February 28, 2017  10:39 PM

personality profile

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
Emotional intelligence, Knowledge management, Soft skills

A personality profile is a knowledge management tool that is used to evaluate an employee’s personal attributes, values and life skills and maximize his or her job performance and contribution to the company. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Finding the right skill set for a startup team is not nearly as difficult as hiring the right personality.” – Bryan Barringer

Learning Center
IT career advancement: The move to management
As businesses continue to embrace technology as a strategic advantage, IT career advancement will largely rely on the development of untapped skills.

IT Management Staffing Tip: Knowing Your Personality Types
The Myers-Briggs personality tests helped one IT team align with the business

Personality Test: What kind of geek are you?
A geek personality test: Are you more likely to hum Anchors Aweigh or My Way? Find out what famous geek you resemble.

Hire for personality, not just skills, to build your startup team
A detailed skills inventory can help guide you when hiring your startup team, but the personality mix matters even more, says entrepreneur Bryan Barringer.

What are the traits of a successful project manager?
Successful project managers come in all varieties, but they all have some common traits that contribute to getting the job done. Lawrence Oliva explains what those traits are.

Trending Terms
leadership traits
emotional intelligence
knowledge management
soft skills
T-shaped employee
cultural fit

Writing for Business
Personality profiling, in theory at least, should ensure that _____ traits are a good fit for a position.
A. one’s
B. ones

February 27, 2017  4:46 PM

citizen development

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
BYOA, Shadow IT

Citizen development is a low code approach to software development that allows people to create software programs without needing to know anything about programming languages or how to write code. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“A citizen developer using rapid mobile app development tools can get a foundation for an app in place before a qualified developer steps in.” – Eddie Lockhart

Learning Center
How low-code development makes building mobile apps easier
It’s a mobile world, but unfortunately, the apps are hard to build and developers are scarce. Low-code development platforms are the answer.

The citizen developer has arrived
A citizen developer using rapid mobile app development tools can get a foundation for an app in place before a qualified developer steps in.

Why (and how) the citizen developer is going to be your new BFF
Citizen developers are making more customer-facing applications faster than ever before. And they’re helping traditional developers with the backlog.

Why 2017 looks like a year of change for software development jobs
Software development jobs are changing, as new tools empower departmental citizen developers. Are Agile and DevOps laying the groundwork for more change?

Citizen developers pull the rug out from under IT with RMAD tools
RMAD tools spur the trend of citizen developers in the enterprise, as professionals are impatient with IT taking too long to deliver mobile business apps.

Trending Terms
IT consumerization
shadow IT
mobile application development platform

Writing for Business
A citizen developer can help companies ________ to changing business needs by creating simple solutions with minimal involvement from IT.
A. adopt
B. adapt

February 24, 2017  10:40 PM

assembly line

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
ERP, Lean processes, Manufacturing

An assembly line is a production methodology that breaks a process down into discrete steps that are executed in an iterative manner. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“A few years ago, I had the opportunity to tour the General Motors assembly plant, and I saw many parallels to what I do as a programmer and system administrator. It was a lesson in efficiency and just-in-time resource delivery that is applicable to both the assembly plant and IT.” – Mark Vaughn

Learning Center
Car assembly plants can teach a valuable lesson in IT automation
Just as manual automation helps car assembly plants build their products, IT automation can enable businesses to run more efficiently.

How lean production systems cut the fat out of manufacturing, ERP
A lean production system says efficiency is king and waste should be eradicated. Over time, ERP has evolved to work better and better with lean techniques.

IoT technologies bring efficiency and customization to manufacturing
Companies like KUKA Robotics are using IoT technologies to automate assembly line manufacturing, as well as customize production to meet customer expectations.

Manufacturing requirements planning: The four critical questions answered
Read a book excerpt on manufacturing requirements planning (MRP) and the common pitfalls of MRP. Understand why the book’s authors say that MRP must become more flexible to stay relevant in today’s manufacturing environments.

Improve operations with lean manufacturing techniques, ERP
By combining lean manufacturing techniques and ERP, and taking advantage of other methodologies, organizations can streamline and improve operations.

Trending Terms
IT automation
lean production
JIT manufacturing
labor automation

Writing for Business
The set of practices in the ten rules of lean production ______ been adopted by many industries in the U.S. and Europe.
A. have
B. has

February 23, 2017  9:50 PM

alternative data

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
Data democratization, Predictive Analytics

Alternative data is information gathered from non-traditional information sources. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“In the age of big data, knowing what information is needed in analytics applications, and what isn’t, has never been more important — or in many cases, more difficult.” – Ed Burns

Learning Center
Big data challenges include what info to use — and what not to
For organizations faced with big data challenges, it helps to be selective about the info you analyze.

New cloud service uses big data sources to improve emergency response
A new cloud service from Swan Island Networks allows cities to tie information together from multiple big data sources to improve emergency response.

Approach big data projects with care, purpose
If they’re going to succeed, big data projects must adhere to the same guidelines as any big IT project.

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.

Data warehousing architecture gets a big data makeover
In the digital age, data warehousing architecture shies away from the monolithic enterprise data warehouse in favor of flexibility.

Trending Terms
data democratization
data-driven decision management
risk assessment
historical data
predictive analytics

Writing for Business
The majority of stakeholders want access to current information as well as ________ data.
a. historical
b. historic

February 22, 2017  2:55 AM

data democratization

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
Data democratization

Data democratization is the ability for information in a digital format to be accessible to the average end user. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“At the core of the shift to data democratization is technology. Technological advances have allowed providers to create digital data gathering and analytics platforms that don’t require data science expertise in order to gain valuable insights quickly from data.” – Frédéric-Charles Petit

Learning Center
How data democratization can enhance decision making
There are some rules to live by in creating meaningful access to data. An expert from Bluewolf explains how BI tool adoption enables data democratization.

Users discontent with data insights from analytics apps
Companies still struggle to get meaningful data insights from their analytics tools. Can Salesforce Wave fill the gap?

Understanding BI analytics tools and their benefits
Expert Rick Sherman examines the different BI analytics tools categories, the vendor landscape and how these tools are deployed.

Choose your weapon: top analytics strategies revealed
The best analytics strategies focus on fast-payoff data and applications and knowing how cloud, on-premises, embedded and third-party BI tools differ.

San Francisco data analytics early-stage firms point to third-wave BI
California start-up and early-stage data analytics companies are positing technologies that point beyond second-generation business intelligence, such as Qlik and Tableau.

Trending Terms
data visualization
alternative data
database management system
self-service BI
virtual database
smart city

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

February 20, 2017  3:20 PM

Microsoft HoloLens

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert

Microsoft HoloLens is a virtual reality (VR) headset with transparent lenses for an augmented reality experience. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“HoloLens is immersive, and is much more of an output and input device.” – Wes Miller

Learning Center
HoloLens tested for bridge inspections
Cambridge University is investigating how augmented reality could help improve safety and lower the cost of inspecting large structures such as bridges.

HoloLens: Microsoft hologram technology exhibits healthcare prospects
The cadavers used by medical students may be replaced if the Microsoft hologram technology, HoloLens — capable of producing 3-D models — makes its way into healthcare.

Is the Microsoft HoloLens 3D headset the next great enterprise mobility tool?
Learn how businesses can use the Microsoft HoloLens 3D headset to increase productivity, even though it’s not an ideal enterprise mobility tool.

Windows 10 brings security, Cortana for PCs and holograms
A sneak peak of Windows 10 has brought enthusiasm back to Microsoft, with Universal Apps, Office for tablets, Cortana for PCs and Windows Holographics.

Augmented and virtual reality make a play for the enterprise
Experts at Deloitte Digital explained why augmented and virtual reality are poised to shake up the enterprise: The Data Mill reports.

Trending Terms
holographic processing unit
augmented reality
VR headset
holographic display
virtual reality
spatial sensing

Writing for Business
Microsoft HoloLens mixes cameras and holographic video over a person’s actual _________.
A. perspective
B. prospective

February 17, 2017  5:41 PM

recovery time objective (RTO)

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
Disaster Recovery, Recovery Point Objective, Recovery Time Objective

The recovery time objective (RTO) is the maximum tolerable length of time that a computer, system, network, or application can be down after a failure or disaster occurs. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“To meet a tighter recovery point objective window, you must capture data more frequently than the traditional once-a-day backup process.” – George Crump

Learning Center
RTO, RPO metrics find the true value of a cloud DR strategy
Measuring RTO, RPO metrics are a more effective means of determining the value of cloud DR over traditional disaster recovery metrics – more so than looking at recovery time.

Faster recovery point objective part of backup evolution
Discover how data backup products allow for a lower recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) to avoid long periods of downtime when restoring data.

What is the difference between RPO and RTO (from a backup perspective)?
Expert Pierre Dorion discusses the effects of RPO and RTO, which helps administrators to choose the optimal disaster recovery technologies and procedures for their shops.

A tutorial on disaster recovery and business continuity planning strategies for SMBs
In recent years, even smaller organizations can no longer to afford to be without a disaster recovery (DR) plan. Learn disaster recovery and business continuity planning strategies for SMBs in this tutorial.

The importance of a service-level objective
Explore the key elements of a service-level objective (SLO) and why organizations should implement an SLO to help them return to operation when a disaster strikes.

Data restoration in less than 15 minutes
Recovery-in-place is just one of the technologies that allow for faster data restoration, but it is not flawless. Find out how to achieve sub-15 minute recovery times.

Trending Terms
recovery point objective
disaster recovery plan
business impact analysis

Writing for Business
The point of disaster recovery is the same for both large enterprises and _________ need to stay in business.
a. SMBs: They
b. SMBs; they

February 16, 2017  8:57 PM


Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
ChatOps, DevOps, Slack

ChatOps is the use of chat clients, chatbots and real-time communication tools to facilitate how software development and operation tasks are communicated and executed. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“ChatOps tools are becoming systems of record for IT operations in mainstream organizations, particularly in distributed workforces.” – Beth Pariseau

Learning Center
I’m a software tester — where can I find a primer on DevOps basics?
It’s easy to see why testers might need a primer on DevOps basics. Expert Gerie Owen has guidance on navigating the new and complicated DevOps arena.

ChatOps is a new software testing strategy for DevOps teams
Take advantage of a new software testing strategy and get involved in ChatOps — a group of people and tech focused on solving production problems.

Using ChatOps to streamline DevOps workflow
ChatOps, a practice that focuses on conversation-driven development, has proved invaluable to DevOps by improving workflow and documentation, as well as increasing transparency.

ChatOps tools the new interface of IT operations
From notification tools to chatbots capable of executing commands, ChatOps offers a centralized, documented, flexible way for IT teams to work together.

ChatOps puts code execution into the conversation
ChatOps brings the configuration and change management visibility of DevOps right into IT communication channels. Tools are ready to integrate ChatOps into your data center.

Trending Terms
collaboration platform
social coding
Slack software

Writing for Business
Management chose Slack to encourage communication ________ the company’s marketing team and its sales team.
A. between
B. among

February 15, 2017  5:38 PM

serverless computing

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
IaaS, PaaS

Serverless computing is an event-driven application design and deployment paradigm in which computing resources are provided as scalable cloud services. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“It’s always been black magic how you distribute infrastructure costs, even in the data center among applications. It’s an advantage for serverless from a business perspective.” – Aater Suleman

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

Serverless computing helps enterprises reduce cloud resource worries
Enterprises are embracing serverless computing due to its reliability and cost efficiency, using options such as AWS Lambda, Google Functions and Azure functions.

The outlook for cloud computing 2017? Lower costs and more options
In cloud computing 2017, there will be less — like serverless computing and lower prices — as well as more, like containers, analytics and storage

Public cloud vendors jump on serverless computing bandwagon
Serverless computing platforms, such as AWS Lambda, offer great potential as providers jump on the bandwagon — but proceed with caution.

Serverless showdown: Microsoft Azure Functions vs. AWS Lambda
Compare Microsoft Azure Functions vs. AWS Lambda pricing, as well as capabilities for containers, triggers and more.

Trending Terms
event driven architecture
AWS Lambda
event handling
composable infrastructure

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

February 14, 2017  7:19 PM

Ada Lovelace

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
"Ada Lovelace", Programming

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was an English mathematician who is credited with being the first computer programmer. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The Analytical Engine weaves algebraic patterns, just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves.” – Ada, Countess of Lovelace

Learning Center
How many SDN programming languages should I know?
Trying to decide which SDN programming languages to learn? Network engineer Will Murrell suggests focusing on Python, Java and NETCONF.

The advantages of turning Agile pair programming into pair coaching
Agile pair programming has a successor: pair coaching. Expert Yvette Francino explores the benefits of pair coaching in an Agile environment.

Ada Lovelace Day – raising awareness of women’s achievements in IT
With a programming language named after her, the influence of the world’s first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, has spread much farther than her fame.

Pair programming: Two people, one computer
Pair programming is a practice which has been shown to improve software quality when done well. In this tip, SSQ site editor explores the pros and cons of pair programming and shares some tips for success for this Extreme Programming technique.

Quiz time: Popular programming language list shows changes at the top
Test yourself to see if you know which popular programming language sits atop the tech world. Hint: It’s not the same one as a year ago.

Trending Terms
Analytical Engine
Difference Engine
pair programming

Writing for Business
Leet is a simple kind of code that humans can read, ______ with some difficulty.
A. all be it
B. albeit

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