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The top 12 overused IT terms

By James Sudakow | Nov. 15, 2016
A lot of what we talk about in IT confuses the heck out of our business-side colleagues

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It is definitely official. Gamers have taken over the world. I recently worked with a client who was “gamifying” its HR interviewing training with superheroes, or something like that. I guess it is cool to turn everything into a game, but the terminology has gotten a bit out of control. In my next meeting, I’m going to suggest that we gamify the gamification. Now we’re getting into a whole other level that might put us in the Matrix. I know I took the blue pill.

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Puppet master

I have to confess that whenever I hear this term, I immediately think about Marlon Brando as The Godfather. Is there an IT godfather back there pulling strings and manipulating all of us? Sometimes, it feels like it, with all of the new technologies that are driving my work habits. Then there is this definition: Puppet usually uses an agent/master (client/server) architecture for configuring systems, using the Puppet agent and Puppet master applications. It can also run in a self-contained architecture with the Puppet application. That clears it up for sure. I’m going to go watch The Godfather now.

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Contrary to what those annoyingly loud sparrows do outside my bedroom window in the spring, nesting in the IT world seems to apply to programming and software applications where different logic structures are combined. Suffice to say that when IT talks to the business and starts referring to nesting, we start drifting to things we understand even just slightly better — like the annual operating budget process.

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Front end/back end

The good news here is that most of us know what a front-end user interface is and are aware that somehow we are accessing data from somewhere else. Maybe more important is that the front end is all we care about. We know there is a back end, but when we start having to listen to the intimate details of data access layers, distributed data systems, and server-side files, we start to feel just a little violated, out of our element, and totally confused. The bottom line is that we just want the front end to be easy so we can spit out some sort of TPS-like report (thank you Office Space) that we can take to our next meeting to help us sound intelligent.


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