As techies, we realize we tend to have a language of our own. We’ll try to decipher the most egregious tech speak here, so even if you’re not a hardcore geek, we’re all working on the same page.

Adaptive development methods focus on adapting quickly to changing realities. When the needs of a project change, an adaptive team changes as well. Agile software development is a group of software development methodologies based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery, and encourages quick and flexible response to change.

Cloud computing is 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 metered service over a network, typically the Internet.
It provides computation, software, data access, and storage services that do not require end-user knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services.

A colocation center (also referred to as co-location, colo, or coloc) keeps equipment physically secure for server, storage, and networking equipment and provides connection to telecommunications and network service providers. Interlink’s COLO is one of the most secure data centers in the nation, with redundant power cooling systems, standby backup generators, multiple bandwidth providers, 24/7 technical support, multiple fuel supply contracts, on-site security officers, fiber optic connections, and housing in a Category 5 Hurricane-rated building.

Custom software is developed for a specific organization or user. It accommodates the customer’s particular preferences and expectations, specific needs, and other factors that ready-made or off-the-shelf software does not. Large companies commonly use custom software for critical functions, including content management, inventory management, customer management, human resource management, or otherwise to fill needs that existing software packages cannot.

Data modeling is a process used to define and analyze data requirements needed to support the business processes in organizations. Data modelers work closely with business stakeholders and potential users of the information system to develop a model based on the data requirements for the application in development. This is then used as the start point for interface or database design.

Programs, services, and/or software that run exclusively on the Internet.

Putting all the computers, servers, and information sources together in one distinct area that share resources and information.

Simply put, it’s a place to launch or run software. A computing platform includes a hardware architecture and a software framework where the combination allows application software to run. Typical platforms include a computer’s architecture, operating system, programming languages and related user interface.

A relational database is the predominant choice in storing data, over other models like the hierarchical database model or the network model.

Scalability is the ability of a network to handle a growing amount of work in a capable manner, or its ability to be enlarged to accommodate that growth.

SEO is search engine optimization, which is the process of improving ranking in search engine results.

Software as a service (SaaS) is a software delivery model in which software and its associated data are hosted centrally (typically in an Internet cloud) and are typically accessed by users using a web browser over the Internet. SaaS has been incorporated into the strategy of all leading enterprise software companies.

Software development is the development and creation of a software product. It includes writing and maintaining source code, and can include research, new development, prototyping, modification, reuse, re-engineering, maintenance, or any other activities that result in software products.

Combining all of an entities systems into one compatible, integrated network.

Team Foundation Server (TFS) is a Microsoft product offering source control, data collection, reporting, and project tracking. It’s used for collaborative software development projects.

A universal resource locator (URL) is the “address” that constitutes a reference to an Internet resource. It’s what you type in to get to the page you’re looking for, such as

A website is a set of related web pages containing content including text, video, music, audio, and images. A website is hosted on at least one web server, accessible by a network such as the Internet. All publicly accessible websites collectively constitute the World Wide Web. Developing a web site consists of planning, writing, designing, and launching the site live on the internet.

Means world wide web, commonly known as the Web. The web is a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the Internet using a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox.