CIO Definitions

  • C

    competitive differentiation

    Competitive differentiation is a strategic positioning tactic an organization can undertake to set its products, services and brands apart from those of its competitors.

  • Compliance: Glossary

    A printable glossary of compliance-related terms.

  • conformance

    In information technology, a state or acts of adherence to a certain specification, standard, or guideline.

  • consumer data

    Consumer data is the information trail customers leave behind as a result of their Internet use.

  • consumer experience (CX)

    Consumer experience (CX) is the approach of emulating, in the business world, how individuals interact with technology in their personal lives.

  • contingent workforce

    A contingent workforce is a labor pool whose members are hired by an organization on an on-demand basis. A contingent workforce consists of freelancers, independent contractors and consultants who are not on the company's payroll because they are not full-time employees of the organization.

  • coopetition (co-opetition)

    Coopetition is a business strategy that uses insights gained from game theory to understand when it is better for competitors to work together. 

  • core competency (core competencies)

    Core competency is an organization's defining strength, providing the foundation from which the business will grow, seize upon new opportunities and deliver value to customers.

  • corporate executive board

    A corporate executive board, or board of directors, oversees activities and strategic planning and decision making in an organization.

  • corportal (Corporate Portal)

    Corportal is short for "corporate portal."

  • critical success factors

    Critical success factors are a limited number of key variables or conditions that have a tremendous impact on how successfully and effectively an organization meets its mission or the strategic goals or objectives of a program or project.

  • crossfunctional (cross-functional)

    Crossfunctional is a term that refers to efforts that span various departments or tasks in an organization, with an eye toward accomplishing a common goal.

  • crowdsourcing

    Crowdsourcing is the practice of turning to a body of people to obtain needed knowledge, goods or services.

  • cultural fit

    Cultural fit is the likelihood that a job candidate will be able to conform and adapt to the core values and collective behaviors that make up an organization.

  • customer-centric

    Customer-centric is an approach to doing business that focuses on providing a positive customer experience both at the point of sale and after the sale in order to drive profit and gain competitive advantage.

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