Ten Ridiculous New Tech Acronyms

Every so often, you have to SYH (shake your head) at the acronyms created by technology companies. Just don't be an -aaS about it.

Tue, August 24, 2010

CIO — Is it any surprise that acronyms have taken over our lives? They fit perfectly in our fast-paced, multi-tasking society. Why say something in words if you can say it in letters?

Even more acronyms, or TLAs (three-letter acronyms), were ushered in to the cultural lexicon as instant messaging and text messaging became popular. Hello LOL, OMG, BRB and OTP. If something is surprising and disturbing, that's a WTF. A friend revealing too much detail about personal grooming habits? That's TMI.

The tech sector, with its long and winding names for products and services, has always been a breeding ground for acronyms. Tech acronyms can be inscrutable, unintentionally funny, accidentally crass, or just goofy. In total, they add up to a big steaming bowl of alphabet soup.

Here, in no particular order, are 10 new acronyms that make you say hmmm.


Actually stands for: Google (GOOG) Apps Premier Edition, Google's Web-based productivity apps and e-mail suite for businesses.

Sounds like: At first glance, Grape or Ape. And Gape makes you think of a disaster you can't help but look at. Or a gaping hole ... in a plot, an argument or a product's performance. Gap would have been better, but that was taken.

2. SAP

Actually stands for: System Analyse und Programmentwicklung or, in English, System Analysis & Programming. Based in Germany, SAP is one of the largest enterprise software companies in the world. SAP's name is not new, but it's so perennially mangled that it deserves special mention.

Sounds like: A sticky substance from plants or trees. A person who is a fool or a dupe. Or, used as a verb, to deplete of energy. Yes, SAP has been known to deplete the energy of IT staffers.

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Actually stands for: Business Productivity Online Suite, Microsoft's cloud service that includes online versions of Exchange, SharePoint, Live Meeting and Office Communicator.

Sounds like: An abbreviation for a postal service? Or perhaps someone's blood type?


Actually stands for: System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft's software for managing large groups of Windows-based computers.

Sounds like: Another awkward acronym from Microsoft that flows like mud. Or a hockey equipment brand. Or the word Scum.

5. VDI

Actually stands for: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, a virtualization technology that lets a computer desktop environment run separately from a physical machine.

Sounds like: Something you learned about in junior high school health class. Can't we just say desktop virtualization instead? DV beats VD any day.

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