API explained for laymen

An API is short for Application Programming Interface. it is very similar to  A user interface except that it is specifically for other applications to interact with the systems. Examples of application interfaces are SOA (REST and SOAP) interfaces that are widely used currently to connect to other systems via the internet.  Older forms of … Read more

AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science, the field of AI research defines itself as the study of “intelligent agents“: any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal.[1] Colloquially, the term “artificial intelligence” is applied when a machine mimics “cognitive” functions that humans associate with other human minds, … Read more

Knowledge Management (KM)

Knowledge Management describes the function of Knowing what you know and profiting from it. Malhorta Implementing knowledge management thus has several dimensions including:  Strategy: Knowledge management strategy must be dependent on corporate strategy. The objective is to manage, share, and create relevant knowledge assets that will help meet tactical and strategic requirements. Organisational Culture: The organisational culture influences the … Read more

BI

BI is the information a business collects about itself.  It is normally used to measure and report on the performance of the business in every key area  with the aim of helping the business to avoid risks, recognise and grasp opportunities and improve performance.   The “Explained series” is planned to build into a trustworthy … Read more

Big Data

Big data is a term for data sets that are so large or complex that traditional data processing application software is inadequate to deal with them. Challenges include capture, storage, analysis, data curation, search, sharing, transfer, visualisation, querying, updating and information privacy. Software vendors, eager to sell you their wars have re-classified it describe ” All the data your business produces” and the claim … Read more