IT Career Glossary

Glossary of key IT terms and acronyms used on this site.
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CCA: Certified Coding Associate
AHIMA's Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential demonstrates coding competencies across all settings, including hospitals and physician practices. Based upon job analysis standards and state-of-the-art test construction, the CCA is creating a larger pool of qualified coders to meet health IT employer needs.
The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) is the leading accrediting body of health IT degree programs.
An acronym for 'Computer-Aided Drafting and Design,' CADD is the discipline of using computer programs, such as AutoCAD or Revit Architecture, to draft and design the blueprints for complex structures and animations.
Business Intelligence
Business Intelligence (BI) is a broad category of applications and technologies used for accessing, gathering and analyzing business data to help organizations make smarter decisions. Common functions of business intelligence technologies include data-mining, reporting, online analytical processing, analytics, performance management, benchmarking and predictive analysis.
Big Data
Big Data refers to data sets that are so large and complex they surpass the storage and analysis threshold of typical database software. The business advantage of big data analysis lies in an organization's ability to identify complex trends and actionable intelligence for smarter decision-making.
The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is a non-profit organization committed to furthering education in engineering, and the premier accrediting body for engineering training and degree programs.
Application Programming Interfaces
An application programming interface, or API, is an interface used by a software program to enable interaction with other software. For example, mobile developers can embed Google Maps into a GPS-based mobile application by implementing the Google Maps API.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the largest association of health information technicians and the premier certifying body in Healthcare IT. AHIMA issues in-demand certifications in health information management, coding, billing and healthcare security.
Adobe is Software company
Synonyms - Adobe
Active Directory Certificate Services
Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) provides customizable services for issuing and managing public key certificates used in software security systems employing public key technologies.
Active Directory
Active Directory is a Microsoft technology that enables applications to find, use, and manage directory resources, such as user names, network printers, and permissions, in a distributed computing environment. Microsoft Active Directory helps increase system security, reduce the cost of running systems, and generally simplifies IT administration.
An ACL, or Access Control List, is a collection of Access Control Entries. An ACL lets you specify what type of traffic to allow on an interface. By default, traffic that is not explicitly permitted is denied. ACLs are usually applied to the interface that is the source of inbound traffic.
Accredited Schools
An accredited school is a campus-based or online learning institution deemed accredited by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Accreditation ensures that schools meet rigorous and up-to-date standards of education and professionalism. To become accredited, schools must undergo evaluation and approval of curricula by a DOE-approved accreditation board. Advantages of attending an accredited school include 1) credits earned at accredited schools are often transferable to other accredited schools and advanced degree programs, and 2) accredited schools are eligible for more financial aid options, particularly from the state and federal governments.