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1. Programs that greatly simplify the process of building a website. Google Sites is the authoring tool that we will use.

2. An analysis of how the calculation results vary with changes in the initial assumptions.

3. Similar to a template but without the placeholder text and images. A theme specifies formatting--layout - colors - and fonts

4. A visual query tool in excel that allows you to easily group and summarize data

5. A way to get information into database. Each field in the form corresponds to a field in the database table

6. The process of fishing for patterns in the data using computing power because you really do not know what to look for.

7. Running development software such as Dreamweaver on your workstation. The major advantage is that it runs very fast when running locally.

8. Designing websites and applications to meet the needs of the user.

9. Describes how easy the system is to use and navigate

10. The total interest paid over the life of the loan. The finance charge is calculated by adding up all of the loan payments and then subtracting from this total the amount originally borrowed.

11. An unfortunate reuse of the word template

12. Compares coninuous categories such as time on a common measure

13. Look like standard reports but with a major difference. They are interactive and allow the user to drill down to disover the source for the summary numbers.

14. A method for designing information systems. The life cycle proceeds through the following stages: an analysis of the current state - development of requirements - design of a solution - development from the design and finally to implementation or rol

15. A PowerPoint template well suited for creating schematic reports because of its small font size and versatile layouts.

16. These are fixed costs associated with starting a business. Often refers to one time costs.

17. The process of copying data from many databases throughout the enterprise into the datawarehouse

18. The delivery of accurate - useful information to the appropriate decision makers within the necessary fime frame to support effective decision making.

19. A giant database that contains periodic dumps from many databases throughout the company. BI systems query the data warehouse to spot patterns and trends.

20. The organization of items on a page. For example - a 2up layout consists of two blocks of images and/or text.

21. A marketing term that refers to the ability of a brand to stand out from the crowd.

22. The process of analyzing data to spot trends and opportunities.

23. The amount of time between the occurrence of a transaction and the loading of that transaction's information into the business intellegence system.

24. A cost that the business must pay whether or not they sell anything. Examples include rent - legal fees - development costs and so forth.

25. Make very small loans (typically under 500) to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Most Loans are repaid in six months to a year.

26. This is a job title typical for an IS graduate. Business analysts work both with business units such as Human Resources and the programmers. They discover the needs of the business unit and then translate those needs into documentation for the progra

27. Structured Query Language is the language used by most relational database management systems. It requires very little code to accopmlish powerful operations.

28. Describes how best to represent information

29. A way to categorize groups of people using age - income level - gender - education level - home ownership - and so forth.

30. Compares discrete categories on a common measure.

31. A form of BI reporting with which we are most familiar-- summary reports distributed at regular intervals.

32. A part of the spreadsheet - usually at the top - where the key variables are given their values.

33. The opposite of contrast. Layouts demonstrating affinity show subtle variations in color or brightness.

34. A group of potential customers for a product or service. Segments are typically identified by demographics.

35. A user-friendly way to get information into a database.

36. Variable names created by capitalizing the first letter of each word and eliminating the spaces between words.

37. Model slides that define the theme elements. The slide master defines the background elements - colors - and fonts. The layout masters provide a menu of possible layouts to apply to a slide.

38. A presentation primarily designed to be projected which combines brief text and graphics. Presentations use few words and large fonts for audience readability.

39. A wat to get information out of a database. Often a report will gather information together from multiple tables and present it as a single table

40. The ability to capture and store information gathered from a form into a database. Database integration also refers to the ability to extract and display information from a database on a website.

41. Printing horizontally rather than vertically on a piece of paper. The normal way to print is portrait or vertical orientation.

42. A built in Excel function that calculates loan payments. Inputs to the function include the loan amount (pv) - the interest rate (rate) - and the number of loan payments (nper).

43. A pre-built site with placeholder text - images - and a pre-selected theme. Site templates are the closest thing to an instant website.

44. One or more fields that uniquely identify each record in the table

45. Accessing development software that lives in the cloud. The major advantage is that the development process tends to be greatly simplified.

46. Suggests causality by plotting independent and dependent variables on the same graph.

47. A high level management overview of the data--sometimes depicted using dials and needles similar to an automobile dashboard. In a car.

48. A model report in which the theme is predefined. In some templates even some of the slides are already created. For example - the Pitchbook template includes a title slide - a table of contents slide - and a section heading slide.

49. A cost that business incurs on each sale. For apps - the variable cost is the iTunes store commission.

50. Mini services that exist in the cloud and can be snapped into your webpage. For example - you can include a weather gadget.