CIO Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing CIO strategy and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • V

    value-sensitive design (VSD)

    Value-sensitive design (VSD) is a concept and methodology that stresses the importance of incorporating human values in the design of technology throughout the design process.

  • vendor management office (VMO)

    A vendor management office (VMO) is an internal unit within an enterprise that is charged with evaluating third-party providers of goods and services, supervising day-to-day interactions and managing longer-term relationships.

  • vendor risk management (VRM)

    Vendor risk management (VRM) is a comprehensive plan for identifying and decreasing potential business uncertainties and legal liabilities regarding the hiring of 3rd party vendors for IT products and services.

  • vertical portal (vortal)

    Vortal is also short for voice portal.

  • Vertical SaaS (Software as a Service)

    Vertical SaaS describes a type of Software as a Service cloud computing solution created for a specific industry.

  • vertical scalability (scaling up)

    Vertical scalability is the ability to increase the capacity of existing hardware or software by adding resources - for example, adding processing power to a server to make it faster.

  • video resume

    A video resume is a brief account of a job applicant's professional experience, qualifications and interests, submitted to a prospective employer in video form. (Continued...)

  • Vine (Vine app)

    Vine is a free mobile application that enables users to record and share an unlimited number of short, looping video clips with a maximum length of six seconds.

  • Vitria

    Vitria specializes in integration server software for enterprises.

  • W

    winner's curse

    In negotiation, winner's curse is an offer that is immediately accepted by the other party.

  • Wizard of Oz prototyping

    Wizard of Oz prototyping is a tactic used by developers to give the appearance that an application or program has been completely automated when, in fact, it hasn't.

  • workflow

    Workflow is the series of activities that are necessary to complete a task.

  • X

    X-engineering (cross-engineering)

    X-engineering (sometimes called cross-engineering) is a collaborative and process-oriented approach to change management in the business world.

  • XACML (Extensible Access Control Markup Language)

    XACML (Extensible Access Control Markup Language) is an open standard XML-based language designed to express security policies and access rights to information for Web services, digital rights management (DRM), and enterprise security applications.

  • Y

    Yammer

    Yammer is a private microblogging and collaboration platform for enterprise social networking. Unlike public social media platforms such as Twitter,Yammer only allows members to connect with other members who belong to the same email domain.

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