A factory that uses extensive computer systems, robots, and networks to streamline and automate many jobs
An office that uses computer systems and networks to streamline information flow and automate many processes
Chief Information Officers (CIOs)
Along with chief technology officers (CTOs), the chief decision makers concerning enterprise computer systems and technology in a business enterprise.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
The chief decision maker in a business or organization who is concerned with enterprise computer systems and technology.
Computer-Based Collaborative Learning (CBCL) or E-Learning 2.0
When students work together on technology-enhanced projects using the Internet as a medium for participation and collaboration.
Computer-Based Training (CBT)
A type of program that embeds the lesson in animated games, in smart phone apps, in special-purpose hardware/software systems, or in Web-based instructional packages.
Using computer technology to track, record, and evaluate worker performance, often without the knowledge of the worker.
Transformed in such a way that a job requires less skill.
Technology that enables software and data to be stored on servers in the IT center or in the Internet cloud—so they can be accessed from PCs, thin clients, or handheld devices anywhere in the enterprise.
Using computers, networks, and other technology to extend the educational process beyond the walls of a school, connecting students and faculty at remote locations.
Software that enables students to explore artificial environments that are imaginary or based on reality. Most have the look and feel of a game, but they challenge students to learn through exploration, experimentation, and interaction with other students.
Programs geared toward home markets that combine education and entertainment.
A term describing electronic tools and techniques used in distance learning environments.
Electronic Commerce (E-Commerce)
Business transactions through electronic networks.
A home in which modern technology enables a person to work at home.
A worker warehouse where most of the work is mindless keyboarding; computer monitoring is a common practice, wages are low, working conditions poor, and repetitive stress injuries are common.
A corporation's intranet that is opened up to work with strategic partners and customers.
Software that, for the most part, keeps offensive and otherwise inappropriate Web content from being viewed by children, on-duty workers, and others.
The creation of global businesses and markets.
Software designed to be used by workgroups rather than individuals.
Broadcast television with built-in options for game playing or other forms of interactivity.
A self-contained intra-organizational network that is designed using the same technology as the Internet.
A 19th-century English labor group that smashed new textile machinery to protect their jobs; today the term is often used to describe someone who opposes new technology in general.
Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)
Internet games that support thousands of simultaneous players, allowing them to assume roles of particular characters in shared virtual worlds.
Providing custom newscasts and entertainment features aimed at narrow groups or individuals.
An office of the future in which magnetic and optical archives will replace reference books and file cabinets, electronic communication will replace letters and memos, and digital publications provided through the Internet and online services will replace newspapers and other periodicals.
Regional Work Centers
Shared offices established by corporations and government organizations in various locales to reduce commuting times.
Workplaces that enable workers to commute to smaller offices closer to their homes.
A card that looks like a standard credit card but features an embedded microprocessor and memory instead of a magnetic strip.
The possible next step beyond interactive television, supporting interpersonal communications and social interaction.
The fear of technology.
Working from home by modem, as do many programmers, accountants, and other information workers.
A network computer designed to connect to the Internet but not perform all the other tasks performed by a PC.
Transformed in such a way that a job requires more skill.
An application of clinical medicine wherein computers moniter patient vital signs in hospitals, at home, and on the street with portable units. The computers analyze signals and transmit warnings when problems arise.
A computer-controlled machine designed to perform specific manual tasks.
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
The net cost of computer ownership, including hardware, software, training, support, maintenance, troubleshooting, and other expenses.
A one-on-one broadcast targeting a single individual. It's also known as individualized broadcasting.
An economic condition in which automation alone creates adequate productivity increases and no new jobs are created.
The combination of e-learning with traditional face-to-face learning.
Small office, home office, referring to one of today's fastest-growing computer markets.
The path of information as it flows through a workgroup.
PDF (Portable Document Format)
Allows documents of all types to be stored, viewed, or modified on any Windows or Macintosh computer, making it possible for many organizations to reduce paper flow.
E-commerce transactions that involve businesses providing goods or services to other businesses.
E-commerce transactions that involve businesses providing goods or services to consumers.
M-Commerce (Mobile Commerce)
Workers use laptops and wireless handheld devices to take their offices with them wherever they travel.
Stories with natural-language interfaces that offer players some control over plot.
Video-based or animated features in which one or more characters are controlled by the viewers.