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Application Host (noun)
Any computer involved in a data conference that opens and shares an application.
The application host does not have to be the computer hosting the meeting –
it can be any meeting participant’s computer.
e.g., As the application host, Heidi’s laptop, in the Seattle
office, will share the annual expense report with our satellite offices during
our data conference.
Meeting jargon for having the capacity or resources to complete a task or project.
e.g., I’m not sure we have the bandwidth to create a new marketing
campaign in one month.
Bandwidth can also be defined as the amount of information a network connection
is capable of carrying. The larger the bandwidth is, the faster information
can be downloaded to your computer.
e.g., Now that my Internet connection has a larger bandwidth, I can
download information from the Web in less time.
Bluetooth Technology (noun)
A term that describes how computers connect and communicate with peripheral
devices such as keyboards, mice and serial sync cables through wireless connections.
e.g., Now that my keyboard, mouse and printer are equipped with Bluetooth
technology my office is virtually wire-free.
Data Bridge (noun)
A device that allows two networks to exchange data. Used in Local Area Networks
(LAN – see below), a data bridge allows even those networks dissimilar
in topology, wiring or communications protocols to exchange data.
e.g., Using a data bridge we were able to exchange documents with
our clients despite the differences in our networks.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) (noun)
A company that builds its own products from components bought from other manufacturers.
e.g., Many large corporations save time and money by becoming an OEM.
Hardware and/or software that prohibits unauthorized access to a private network.
Used by many companies to prevent people outside of their company from accessing
e.g., The new firewall will stop hackers from accessing confidential
files stored on our company network.
Meeting jargon meaning detail.
e.g., In this year’s budget I’d like to see more granularity
in our expense breakdowns.
Internet Protocol (IP) Address (noun)
An assigned, unique address to distinguish every computer connected to the Internet
from other computers. IP addresses have 32 characters.
e.g., We could determine what computers were online by looking at the IP
Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) (noun)
An international communications standard for sending voice, video and data over
digital telephone lines or normal telephone wires.
e.g., ISDN connections are poised to replace the old telephone system
because of their ability to carry video, voice and data over their digital lines.
Local Area Network (LAN) (noun)
A network in which all the computers occupy a relatively small geographical
area, such as a department, office, home or building. All the connections between
computers are made via network cables.
e.g., All of our employees are located in one office so we operate on a LAN.
Unit of measurement used to determine how bright a projector is. The higher
the lumens count, the brighter the projector.
e.g., If we want to give presentations with the lights on in this large meeting
room, we’ll need a projector with at least 2100 lumens.
Paradigm shift (noun)
A change from the accepted point of view to a new belief.
e.g., The new manager has created a paradigm shift in our approach
The clarity and sharpness of the image produced by your projector and/or computer.
e.g., We need a projector with high resolution in our office to effectively
show clients the high-quality graphics in our software.
Virtual teaming (verb)
To meet and collaborate as a team over distances using audio and data conferencing,
videoconferencing and e-mail.
e.g., By virtual teaming with our six satellite offices we have saved
thousands of dollars in travel costs.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
Technology that enables users to exchange voice/audio data over the Internet
through their computers with the use of a microphone.
e.g., Using VoIP, a webinar audience can listen to a presenter through
their computer speakers.
A Web-based conference or seminar hosted over the Internet in real time. Using
their computer to access data, attendees take part from their desk, a conference
room or a home office. Audio is accessed through a computer or phone.
e.g., Webinars are quickly becoming great marketing tools for companies
who want to reach a large audience at a low cost.