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.

  • C

    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.

  • cross-functional team

    A cross-functional team is a workgroup made up of employees from different functional areas within an organization who collaborate to reach a stated objective.

  • 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.

  • cutting edge

    Cutting edge is an adjective used to describe the newest, most advanced version of a product or service. The phrase cutting edge has a positive connotation and can be contrasted with the phrase bleeding edge, which has a negative connotation. Bleeding edge implies that a product or service is so new that its adoption could be harmful. 

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