Some IT Terms Worth Learning

integrated system management

Since we live today in a highly tech-dependent, internet-consuming, digital lifestyle world, it pays to know certain IT terms—even if you don’t work for an IT company nor are you planning a career related to it in the future.

Maybe, you’re just like Content Writer Heaven Lo, who would overhear friends from the IT department of her company talk about technical IT terms like data mining, organic search, intranet, site maps, IT network system, user interface—and some more complex terms that a non-IT major will feel stressed to hear, “While I work with an IT company, all I do is research and write contents. Sometimes, on company meetings, I don’t understand half of the things they discuss when it involves IT terms. As I am a person who loves constant learning, I jot down terms on my notebook when I hear them and try read and research about them online when I have the time. This way, I don’t stay ignorant and I can easily follow their discussions even without getting directly involved in it. Sometimes, it’s hard to give suggestions when you are unsure if you understood them right so I made a commitment to learn more terms and jargons for good reasons. When you are part of an organization, it is integral to speak on a same language even when they are not from your own department because there will be times when you have to work or talk to them.”

In terms of system management, one of the key terms to understand is IT desktop management. Margaret Rouse shared the definition of this term at searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com, “Desktop management is a comprehensive approach to managing all the computers within an organization. Despite its name, desktop management includes overseeing laptops and other computing devices as well as desktop computers. Desktop management is a component of systems management, which is the administration of all components of an organization’s information systems. Other components of systems management include network management and database management.”

You may have heard too on company meetings how often they mention integrated system management, “An integrated management system (IMS) combines all related components of a business into one system for easier management and operations. Quality, Environmental, and Safety management systems are often combined and managed as an IMS. These systems are not separate systems that are later joined together, rather they are integrated with linkages so that similar processes are seamlessly managed and executed without duplication. As a part of gaining ISO certification it is important to have a good quality management system that not only meets the standards, but it will also improve business processes,” as the article What is an Integrated Management System (IMS)? posted at sciqual.com.au cleary defined.

Carlo, who was hired for an entry level position in an IT firm, shared a funny story on IT jargons that he is still trying, “In my orientation, mentors kept talking on a different tongue. They were fast because there were a lot of long IT terms to mention. So I understand that they need to use acronyms every now and then. I didn’t know BYOD meant bring your own device so when I heard it, I thought it was some computer software that I never heard of. When you get the hang of it, it is pretty cool and it saves you time from spelling out every technical word.”

Basically, BYOD  means, “Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, describes company policy or strategy that allows employees to use their personally owned devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops to access work-related information, software and applications, while still getting IT support for these devices,” shared Michael Gabriel Sumastre in the article 20 Most-Common Terms Entry-Level IT Professionals Should Know posted at pluralsight.com. Try reading this article entirely to be more knowledgeable on IT terms.