CIO Definitions

  • F

    FMEA (failure mode and effective analysis)

    FMEA (failure mode and effective analysis) is a step-by-step approach for collecting knowledge about possible points of failure in a design, manufacturing process, product or service.

  • Fortune 500

    The Fortune 500 is Fortune Magazine's annual ranking of the United States' 500 largest corporations. The list is important because it provides the general public with a sense for which companies have the ability to influence the economy in the United States and whether or not those companies are healthy.  

  • FQA (frequently questioned answers)

    FQA (frequently questioned answers) are conventions or mandates scrutinized by individuals or groups who doubt their validity.

  • fractional CIO

    A fractional CIO is a high-level consultant who specializes in aligning information technology (IT) with business goals. Quite simply, a fractional CIO works for a fraction of the time, at a fraction of the cost it would take to hire a full-time executive to fill the post.

  • FUN (focus on user needs)

    FUN (focus on user needs) is an approach to information technology (IT) management that places emphasis on improving the user experience (UX).

  • G

    gap analysis

    A gap analysis assesses the differences between the current and desired performance levels of a company's systems or applications.

  • Generation Facebook (Generation F)

    Generation Facebook (Generation F) is a term used to define millennials who have grown up using social media as their primary networking tool.

  • global information infrastructure (GII)

    The global information infrastructure (GII) is the developing communications framework intended to eventually connect all telecommunications and computer networks world-wide.

  • globalization

    Globalization is the process in which people, philosophies, businesses and goods spread throughout the world. The term is frequently used in reference to creating an integrated global economy marked by free trade, the free flow of capital and corporate use of foreign labor markets to maximize returns.

  • glocalization

    Glocalization is the concept that in a global market, a product or service is more likely to succeed when it is customized for the locality or culture in which it is sold. For example, the international fast food chain McDonalds illustrates the concept of glocalization by changing their menus to appeal to local palates and customs.

  • Google (the company)

    Google is a multinational, publicly-traded organization built around the company's hugely popular search engine. Google's other enterprises include Internet analytics, cloud computing, advertising technologies, and Web app, browser and operating system development.

  • Google Wallet

    Google Wallet is a mobile payment system developed by Google that allows smartphone users to store debit and credit card information for online and in-store purchases.

  • Government Information Awareness (GIA)

    Government Information Awareness (GIA) is a Web site dedicated to making it easy for U.S. citizens to know more about their government and is somewhat the reverse of the government's Terrorism Information Awareness (TIA) program, which aims at knowing more about its citizens.

  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)

    The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB Act or GLBA), also known as the Financial Modernization Act of 1999, is a federal law enacted in the United States to control the ways that financial institutions deal with the private information of individuals.

  • GRC (governance, risk management and compliance) software

    GRC (governance, risk management and compliance) software allows publicly-held companies to integrate and manage IT operations that are subject to regulation. (Continued...)

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