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  • sunsetting

    Sunsetting, in a business context, is intentionally and gradually phasing something out. The term is often used in reference to brands, partnerships, agreements, business policies and hardware and software products, among other possibilities. 

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    Stacked ranking is an employee evaluation method that slots a certain percentage of employees into each of several  levels of performance.  Because the ranking is inherently somewhat arbitrary, the model is also sometimes referred to as a forced dist... 

  • fruit of a poisonous tree

    Fruit of the poisonous tree is a legal doctrine according to which any secondary evidence obtained from a source accessed through through illicit means is inadmissible in court. Examples of such sources include evidence gained through a coercive inte... 

  • patent

    A patent is a government-awarded license that grants the inventor of a product or process exclusive rights to its manufacture, use or sale for a specified time period. In return, the inventor agrees to publication. 

  • patent troll

    A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. 

  • severance agreement

    A severance agreement is a contract between an employer and employee documenting the rights and responsibilities of both parties in the event of job termination. The contract specifies any severance package and the conditions under which it will be p... 

  • exit strategy

    An exit strategy is a planned approach to terminating a situation in a way that will maximize benefit or minimize damage. The planned approach can be applied to exiting any type of situation but the term is most often used in a business context, in r... 

  • Chief Procurement Officer (CPO)

    A Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) is an enterprise executive responsible for obtaining the goods and services an organization requires to conduct business. 

  • human resource management (HRM)

    Human resource management (HRM) is the area of administrative focus dealing with an organization’s employees.  HRM is sometimes referred to simply as human resources (HR).  

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  • sunsetting

    Sunsetting, in a business context, is intentionally and gradually phasing something out. The term is often used in reference to brands, partnerships, agreements, business policies and hardware and software products, among other possibilities. 

  • stacked ranking

    Stacked ranking is an employee evaluation method that slots a certain percentage of employees into each of several  levels of performance.  Because the ranking is inherently somewhat arbitrary, the model is also sometimes referred to as a forced dist... 

  • fruit of a poisonous tree

    Fruit of the poisonous tree is a legal doctrine according to which any secondary evidence obtained from a source accessed through through illicit means is inadmissible in court. Examples of such sources include evidence gained through a coercive inte... 

  • Why is Microsoft licensing so complicated?

    Live from the 2013 Gartner Symposium ITxpo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discusses why Microsoft licensing is so complicated. 

  • patent

    A patent is a government-awarded license that grants the inventor of a product or process exclusive rights to its manufacture, use or sale for a specified time period. In return, the inventor agrees to publication. 

  • patent troll

    A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. 

  • severance agreement

    A severance agreement is a contract between an employer and employee documenting the rights and responsibilities of both parties in the event of job termination. The contract specifies any severance package and the conditions under which it will be p... 

  • exit strategy

    An exit strategy is a planned approach to terminating a situation in a way that will maximize benefit or minimize damage. The planned approach can be applied to exiting any type of situation but the term is most often used in a business context, in r... 

  • Chief Procurement Officer (CPO)

    A Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) is an enterprise executive responsible for obtaining the goods and services an organization requires to conduct business. 

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About Contract negotiations and legal issues

Contract negotiations and legal issues can be tricky areas for CIOs, given the mix of IT, legal and business topics. Learn more about evaluating your needs, weighing different options and picking a vendor with the news, tips and other resources on contract negotiations and legal issues in this topic section.