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IT career advancement: The move to management

As businesses increasingly embrace technology as a strategic advantage, IT career advancement will rely on tech professionals' untapped skills as they strive for management roles.

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  • ROI (return on investment)

    For a given use of money in an enterprise, the ROI (return on investment) is how much profit or cost saving is realized as a result.

  • stakeholder

    A stakeholder is a person or group who has an interest -- vested or otherwise -- in an enterprise and whose support is required in order for an enterprise to be successful.

  • C-level (C-suite)

    C-level is a term used to describe senior business leaders with high-ranking executive titles.

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CIO mission

The CIO mission continues to expand as IT strategy is increasingly vital to enterprises' overall objectives and goals. Find the latest resources to help those in the CIO role adapt to these changing responsibilities, including best practices to educate executive management on the business value and risk that IT systems create for the enterprise.

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  • availability bias

    The availability bias is the human tendency to think that examples of things that come readily to mind are more representative than is actually the case.

  • critical thinking

    Critical thinking is the capacity to be objective, rational and analytical about subjects, situations and cognitive problems. An essential element of critical thinking is human efforts dedicated to the continuous improvement of our cognitive abilities.

  • ROI (return on investment)

    For a given use of money in an enterprise, the ROI (return on investment) is how much profit or cost saving is realized as a result.

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Cloud computing

As companies' data volumes continue to grow in the digital age, they are increasingly turning to cloud computing for business process consolidation and to save IT resources. Read news and tips to help with enterprise cloud computing strategy, including advice to decide between developing cloud resources in-house or turning to third parties for cloud computing services.

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  • bimodal IT (bimodal information technology)

    Bimodal IT refers to the management of IT in two modes, one for providing reliable, available and safe IT systems, and the other for speed and maximum flexibility.

  • bring your own cloud (BYOC)

    BYOC is a movement whereby employees and departments use their cloud computing service of choice in the workplace. Allowing employees to use a public cloud storage service to share very large files may be more cost-effective than rolling out a shared storage system internally.

  • IT elasticity

    IT elasticity is the ability to adapt an IT infrastructure to seamless changes without hindering or jeopardizing stability, performance, security, governance or compliance protocols.

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Cybersecurity

An enterprise cybersecurity strategy is a vital component of successful businesses in the digital age as companies struggle with constantly evolving data threats. Read news and tips to assist with implementing cybersecurity policy and IT security strategy, including advice to streamline data loss protection efforts to help ensure comprehensive information security.

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  • doxing

    Doxing is the act of gathering information about a target individual or organization and making it public. The term is hacker-speak for documenting.

  • security incident

    A security incident is an event that may indicate that an organization's systems or data have been compromised.

  • distributed ledger

    A distributed ledger is a digital system for recording the transactions of assets, in which the transactions and their details are recorded in multiple places at the same time.

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Digital business transformation

Digital business transformation and innovation strategies are essential to corporate success as digital innovation increasingly brings a competitive advantage. Read news, tips and opinion to help your company implement digital business transformation best practices to adapt to -- and profit from – new technologies and processes influencing IT.

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  • Mandela effect

    The Mandela effect is the observed phenomenon of people misremembering significant events and facts, often leading to false memories of things that didn't actually happen. The phenomenon is named for Nelson Mandela because many people mistakenly believe he died in prison in the 1980s.

  • ROI (return on investment)

    For a given use of money in an enterprise, the ROI (return on investment) is how much profit or cost saving is realized as a result.

  • software robotics

    Software robotics is the use of bot programs to automate computer tasks normally performed by people. Software robotics is synonymous with robotic process automation (RPA) and is the less widely used term, except in the financial services industry.

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BI and big data

Enterprise business intelligence software and big data can open a window into the soul of your IT operation. Business and IT goals can be better analyzed and aligned thanks to BI and big data tools and techniques such as data mining and predictive analytics. Find the latest on enterprise BI software and big data with news, tips and other resources in this section.

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  • social media

    Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction and collaboration. This definition of social media explains what it is, how it works and how it's transforming personal and business communications.

  • data collection

    Data collection is a process for gathering information from different sources. In business, data collection helps organizations answer relevant questions and evaluate possible business outcomes.

  • interim CIO (interim chief information officer)

    An interim CIO is an experienced chief information officer employed by a company on a temporary basis to lead or transform its IT organization.

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Mobile strategy

A thorough enterprise mobile strategy is essential to digitized companies' success as more employees use cell phones and cloud services to work outside of the office. Find the latest news, tips and opinion about implementing an enterprise mobility strategy, including advice on how to secure mobile data in the enterprise and institute mobile app development best practices.

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  • interim CIO (interim chief information officer)

    An interim CIO is an experienced chief information officer employed by a company on a temporary basis to lead or transform its IT organization.

  • digital economy

    Fueled by personal computing devices and advanced technologies, such as GPS and real-time analytics, the digital economy represents a new economic paradigm.

  • outcome economy

    Outcome economy describes an economy based on the marketing, pricing and selling of the results provided by goods and services rather than their face value.

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Apps, infrastructure and operations

In the information age, good IT infrastructure and operations management practices have become essential to maintain quality control over technology-related policies, processes and equipment. Read news and tips to assist modern IT operations and infrastructure management, including strategies to ensure the proper flow of data throughout enterprise applications and other information systems.

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  • go-live (go live)

    In software development, go-live is the time at which code moves from the test environment to the production environment. As a verb, go-live means to make such an event happen.

  • Reddit

    Reddit is a social news website and forum where content is socially curated and promoted by site members through voting.

  • pure play

    Pure play is a business term used to indicate a company, business model or investment focused on a particular industry, product, service or line of distribution.

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SearchCompliance

  • PCAOB (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board)

    The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) is a Congressionally-established nonprofit that assesses audits of public ...

  • cyborg anthropologist

    A cyborg anthropologist is an individual who studies the interaction between humans and technology, observing how technology can ...

  • RegTech

    RegTech, or regulatory technology, is a term used to describe technology that is used to help streamline the process of ...

SearchSecurity

  • email spam

    Email spam, or junk email, is unsolicited bulk messages sent through email with commercial, fraudulent or malicious intent.

  • distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack

    A distributed denial-of-service attack occurs when an attack originates from multiple computers or devices, usually from multiple...

  • application whitelisting

    Application whitelisting is the practice of identifying applications that have been deemed safe for execution and restricting all...

SearchHealthIT

  • athenahealth Inc.

    Based in Watertown, Mass., athenahealth Inc. is a leading vendor of cloud-based EHRs for small to medium-sized physician ...

  • Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare)

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is legislation passed in 2010 that changed how uninsured Americans enroll in and receive healthcare...

  • HIPAA Privacy Rule

    The Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, commonly known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule, establishes ...

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)

    One approach to a strong disaster recovery plan is DRaaS, where companies offload data replication and restoration ...

  • data recovery

    Data recovery restores data that has been lost, accidentally deleted, corrupted or made inaccessible. Learn how data recovery ...

  • disaster recovery plan (DRP)

    A company's disaster recovery policy is enhanced with a documented DR plan that formulates strategies, and outlines preparation ...

SearchStorage

  • GlusterFS (Gluster File System)

    GlusterFS (Gluster File System) is an open source distributed file system that can scale out in building-block fashion to store ...

  • virtual memory

    Virtual memory is a memory management capability of an OS that allows a computer to compensate for physical memory shortages by ...

  • yottabyte (YB)

    A yottabyte is a measure of theoretical storage capacity and is 2 to the 80th power bytes, or, in decimal, approximately 1,000 ...

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive)

    A PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive) is a high-speed expansion card that attaches a computer to its peripherals.

  • SSD caching

    SSD caching, also known as flash caching, is the temporary storage of data on NAND flash memory chips in a solid-state drive so ...

  • NVDIMM (Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Module)

    An NVDIMM (non-volatile dual in-line memory module) is hybrid computer memory that retains data during a service outage.

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  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

  • Zadara VPSA and ZIOS

    Zadara Storage provides block, file or object storage with varying levels of compute and capacity through its ZIOS and VPSA ...

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