Ad hoc is an adjective used to describe things that are created on the spot, usually for a single use.
A Latin term that translates literally as “for this,” ad hoc implies innovation, creativity and spontaneity. The term is widely applied in information technology (IT) and business contexts.
Here are a few examples:
- An ad hoc network is a local area network (LAN) that is built spontaneously as devices connect.
- Ad hoc testing is an informal and improvisational approach to assessing the viability of a product.
- Ad hoc analysis is a business intelligence process designed to answer a single, specific business question.
- Adhocracy is a corporate culture model that emphasizes the ability to adapt swiftly to changing conditions.