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"SaaS" stands for "
software as a service
SaaS Delivery Model
In the “SaaS delivery model,” the vendor hosts and operates the technology platform at its facility. The application is offered in a multitenant architecture with all of the vendor’s customers accessing a single code base.
“Safe harbor” is a provision of a statute or a regulation that reduces or eliminates a party’s liability under the law, on the condition that the party performed its actions in good faith. Safe-harbor provisions are written into laws to protect legitimate or excusable violations. Corporations publish safe-harbor statements to demonstrate that they are performing whatever due diligence is required in order to take advantage of applicable legal safe harbors. Safe harbor provides a framework for U.S. companies with E.U. subsidiaries to meet privacy standards pertaining to the exchange of personal information. The right to data privacy is heavily regulated and rigidly enforced in Europe.
“Sandboxing” allows organizations to view the functionality of the systems by different use-case scenarios, and allows customers to test out and use the system. The "sandbox" is a system which is used for testing, similar to a physical sandbox which is used for play.
“Scenario planning” is a strategic approach for making long-term flexible decisions or plans. In succession management, the creation or expansion of a role and then assessing potential candidates against this role is an example of scenario planning. It answers the question, do we have the existing talent capabilities to fill a potential future requirement?
“Scope creep” (as it relates to project management or change management) refers to changes and / or expansions in a project’s originally specified and approved goals while the project is in progress. As this term suggests, scope creep happens in subtle ways and usually with small adjustments—resulting in projects that take much longer to finish or may even fail before completion.
Scope creep can occur when the project is not properly defined, documented, and / or controlled; it can also take place when new features are added to project designs that have already been approved without providing equivalent increases in budget, time, or resources.
A "scorecard" is a graphical representation of information, often in bar and pie charts, which shows how well a certain business process is proceeding. Please see “Balanced Scorecard” for more information on a particular type of scorecarding.
“Sharable Content Object Reference Model” (SCORM) is a set of specifications for course content that produces reusable learning objects. SCORM compliant courseware (or e-learning courses) is designed and developed to be used in a standards-compliant learning management system. The SCORM specifications specify how training content is tracked, how it bookmarks itself, and how it is structured.
“Screen-chaining” creates hard coded connections between screens at the subroutine level. It cannot be used to connect processes together.
Screening & Assessment
Tools and technology that enable organizations to evaluate if a candidate has the right skills to perform a job.
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