The Language of Technology

By Lori Castle, Editor in Chief — July 07, 2014

Each year, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) officially adds new words to the language. Many are pop culture references we would rather forget (like twerk), but many come from tech. I wrote about last year’s OED update, which included BYOD, Phablet and the Internet of Things to name a few.

My friend Dr. Kathleen Koch, Professor, University of Maryland University College (UMUC), explained to me at that time, "Words often enter the lexicon when they identify or describe something that has previously not existed (or not existed in our knowledge base)—or when our understanding of that ‘something’ has significantly changed."

This is especially true when it comes to technology because of the rapid rate of innovation and where words are not just invented but reclassified or redefined (think Google, Tweet, friend, like and so on…). 

The other thing about tech language is the sea of acronyms. As solutions have evolved, so have the initials. A few years back MEM was mobile expense management; now it’s mobile enterprise management or enterprise mobility management – EMM.

MDM is still around to enable BYOD, but those are giving way to MAM, BYOA, BYOT, BYOx, COPE, CYOD and CYOE. Check out how the State of Indiana is using it.

Our cover story company is also an acronym as United Parcel Service’s moniker has become UPS. The company was always at the forefront of mobility. Juan Perez, VP of Information Services talks about strategy, innovation and adds to the alphabet soup with the DIAD V and ORION.

No matter what’s in a name, the end goal of mobility is workforce productivity.  What’s the current state of that? Our partners at 451 Research share their latest data and analysis in this month's supplement.


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