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'Talking Techie', What do I.T acronyms stand for?

by Joch Robinson


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What does that mean? A few IT acronyms.

All industries have their own special language, terms, abbreviations and acronyms. Few industries however can compete with the volume and diversity of those used within IT where it is possible to have whole conversations using nothing but these.

As IT is used within all other industries we all have some ability to “talk techie” and recognise terms such as Wi-Fi/Blog etc. and know exactly what they refer to. What we may not always know however is the actual meaning of these acronyms and abbreviations that we use on a regular basis.

Below is a list of IT terms that you may have come across and what they stand for.

AaaS – Analytics as a Service
API – Application Program Interface
ASCII – American Standard Code for Information Interchange
ASIN – Amazon Standard Identification Number

Blob – Binary Large Object
Blog – Not an acronym, but rather an abbreviation for Web Log.
BLOG – Better Listings On Google (not to be confused with Blog)
BPR – Business Process Remodelling

CRM – Customer Relationship Management

DOS – Disk Operating System

EAN – European Article Number
EDI – Electronic Data Interchange
EFTPOS – Electronic Fund Transfer Point of Sale
EPOS – Electronic Point of Sale
ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning
ESN – Enterprise Social Networking

FTP – File Transfer Protocol

GUI – Graphical User Interface
GUID – Globally Unique Identifier

HTML – Hyper-Text Markup Language
HTTP – HyperText Transfer Protocol
HTTPS – HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure

IoT – the Internet of Things

JIT – Just In Time

LAN – Local Area Network

NAS – Network Attached Storage
NFC – Near Field Communication

OCR – Optical Character Recognition
ODBC – Open Database Connectivity

RAID – Redundant Array of Independent Disks
RAM – Random Access Memory
REEF – Retainable Evaluator Execution Framework
RFID – Radio Frequency Identification
ROM – Read Only Memory

SEO – Search Engine Optimisation
SMO – Social Media Optimisation
SQL – Standardised Query Language
SSL – Secure Sockets Layer

UPC – Universal Product Code

WI-FI – Wireless Fidelity
WAN – Wide Area Network
WWW – World Wide Web

The above list is only a small example of the acronyms that are used within IT and associated industries. There are 100’s more of these that relate to all aspects of Information Technology ranging from software and hardware though to business processes and consultancy and this list will continue to grow as new innovations are made.


by Joch Robinson on 25/03/2015

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