Tech terms to know, pt 2

7 tech terms every business person should know, part 2

As noted in Part 1, most business professionals can use a little help with tech terms.

This special type of business jargon changes and grows at a frightening rate. And while no one expects you to know all the buzzwords, you should be able to speak the language on a rudimentary level. You can think of it as knowing first-year Spanish; it helps when you go abroad.

Here are 7 more tech terms to help you out.


CSS is a computer language used in conjunction with HTML to build websites. HTML provides the basic structure (see below), but CSS adds the layout, fonts, color, and general style. HTML alone makes for a bland and unappealing website, but the two computer languages working in tandem create powerful websites.


HTML is one of those terms you’ve probably heard for years but still might not fully understand. HTML means “hyper-text markup language.” Programmers use it as the frame for your email servers, websites, and other content. The web browser reads it and then displays the proper structure. See this example.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

While SaaS lets you rent software and use it from the cloud, IaaS gives your company the use of a computing platform that may include hardware and an operating system or hardware and a virtual machine. For some companies, this is the most economical way to run their computer operations.

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Responsive Design

When people access your website, they may use a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Responsive design reformats your website to account for the user’s screen, so it is easy to read and use. Without responsive design, many websites would be difficult to make out on a small screen.

ERP Software

With ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, you can run many business functions from one place, choosing what you need from a number of software modules. ERP software lets you easily see and analyze all the module data at one time, reducing hassle and error in the process.

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Technology Stack

Your computer network is like your winter clothing: sweater, coat, scarf, gloves, and so on. Your network contains its own layers, including security, navigation, data management, and logins. As an example, you may have the LAMP stack, which includes “Linux for the operating system, Apache for the Web server, MySQL for the database and PHP (or Python) for the server coding environment.”

Virtual Machine

A virtual machine is software that runs like hardware. You can’t pick up a virtual machine or move it around, but it does the same tasks as a physical machine. System virtual machines run entire operating systems, while process machines run only one program.


When it comes to tech terms, this is just the tip of the iceberg. And like any other language, tech-talk becomes easier the more you use it. Devote a few minutes a week to expanding your technical jargon and become a better business person in the process.

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