Confusing Tech Buzzwords of The Decade Defined

The Global Language Monitor has recently released a list of the most confusing tech buzzwords of the decade. These words have spilled into popular culture but are not easily defined. The Global Language Monitor tracked word frequencies in print and electronic media, the blogosphere, databases and the Internet. Check out the list of confusing tech buzzwords below and see if you’ve ever come across them.

  1. SOA – “[Solutions Oriented Architecture] is the underlying structure supporting communications between services. SOA defines how two computing entities, such as programs, interact in such a way as to enable one entity to perform a unit of work on behalf of another entity.”
  2. Big data (noun) – “… used to describe a massive volume of both structured and unstructured data that is so large that it’s difficult to process with traditional database and software techniques.”
  3. The Cloud (noun) – “… the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility over a network.”
  4. The Next Big Thing (noun) – “A cliché rendered nearly meaningless by the innumerable daily claims by VCs, entrepreneurs, college drop-outs, etc. Actually, you can count the history of next big things on your fingers, and possibly toes.”
  5. Social Discovery (noun) – “Consisting in union of mutual converse – an excellent corporate strategy.”

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