IT Career Glossary

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SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a component of the Microsoft SQL Server database software that provides a full range of ready-to-use tools and services to help you create, deploy, and manage business intelligence reports for your organization, as well as programming features that enable you to extend and customize your reporting functionality.
SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a component of the Microsoft SQL Server database software which can be used to perform a broad range of data migration tasks. SSIS is a platform for data integration and workflow applications. It features a fast and flexible data warehousing tool used for data extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL). The tool may also be used to automate maintenance of SQL Server databases and updates to multidimensional cube data.
SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) is a component of the Microsoft SQL Server database software that delivers online analytical processing (OLAP) and data mining functionality for business intelligence applications. Analysis Services supports OLAP by letting you design, create, and manage multidimensional structures that contain data aggregated from other data sources, such as relational databases. For data mining applications, Analysis Services lets you design, create, and visualize data mining models that are constructed from other data sources by using a wide variety of industry-standard data mining algorithms.
SOHO is short for Small Office/Home Office. A SOHO network contains 10 or less employees.
soft skills
Soft skills are personal attributes that enhance your interactions, job performance and employment prospects, as opposed to 'hard skills' which measure your ability to perform specific tasks. The best soft skills to learn depends on your specific goals and career path. Soft skills typically in high demand in IT include verbal and written communication, team/project leadership, contract negotiation and creative problem solving.
server-side programming language
Server-side programming languages are scripts that are executed on the server, and then translated into HTML which can be viewed by all web browsers. The most popular server-side scripting language is PHP.
SaaS - an acronym for Software as a Service - is a software delivery method wherein a company's data is stored online and accessed via any web-connected device. SaaS vendors host and maintain the servers, databases and code that controls the data, in exchange for a monthly or annual subscription fee. Organizations use SaaS because outsourcing data storage in this fashion is typically much cheaper and hassle-free than doing it on-site.