Must have tech terms in your personal dictionary.
The IT industry is rife with acronyms, technical terms, and jargon that can be quite overwhelming at times. Even if you aren’t involved in the IT field, it’s good to know some of the more prominent terms so you can project an air of competence in the technology that drives the business world. Here are a few must-have tech terms for your personal dictionary.
Cloud: Cloud computing has gained a lot of popularity in recent years for everything from applications to complete infrastructures. In most cases you’ve used applications that count as being in the cloud for some time, such as Gmail or Google Docs. A cloud creates a virtualized environment for the software or infrastructure that you access remotely. Third party companies maintain the servers, update the software, and provide support.
UI/GUI: This stands for (graphical) user interface. It is the visual interface that you use to interact with websites, applications and operating systems.
CMS: This stands for content management system. A CMS is often used in the backend of websites to publish content to the page without someone having to manually edit it into the website. A few popular CMS scripts include Drupal, WordPress, and TextPattern.
SEO: Search engine optimization is the methods used to increase the visibility of a website in search engines, such as Google. A related term, SEM, stands for search engine marketing, and relates to the marketing efforts used on search engines.
Multitouch: Multitouch is a term you’ll typically hear in relation to mobile phones and tablets. It’s rather self-explanatory. This is a screen that registers multiple touches on a touch screen, allowing features such as pinch zooming.
Scaling: Scaling, or scalability, is increasing the capacity or resources available to a project. For example, if you need more hard drives in your server, a measure of its scalability is exactly how many hard drives you can add to the server.
SSD: This stands for solid state drive, and it’s a type of hard drive that is beginning to push platter-based hard disk drives out of the picture. SSDs are fast at reading and writing, but currently do not match storage capacities of HDDs and are on the expensive side.