Systems Administrators Guildcomputing dictionary


(SAGE) A special technical group of the USENIX Association.



(01 Jun 2001)

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systems analysiscomputing dictionary

<job> Study of the design, specification, feasibility, cost, and implementation of a computer system for business. What a systems analyst does.

(01 Mar 1997)

systems analysismedical dictionary

The analysis of an activity, procedure, method, technique, or business to determine what must be accomplished and how the necessary operations may best be accomplished.

(12 Dec 1998)

Systems Analysis Definitioncomputing dictionary

<computer programming> (SAD) The analysis of the role of a proposed system and the identification of the requirements that it should meet. SAD is the starting point for system design. The term is most commonly used in the context of commercial programming, where software developers are often classed as either systems analysts or programmers. The systems analysts are responsible for identifying requirements (i.e. systems analysis) and producing a design. The programmers are then responsible for implementing it.

Acronym: SAD

(01 Feb 1996)

systems analystcomputing dictionary

Preferred term: systems analysis

Systems Application Architecturecomputing dictionary

<computer programming> (SAA) IBM's family of standard interfaces which enable software to be written independently of hardware and operating system.

(01 Mar 1997)

Systems Development life-cyclecomputing dictionary

<computer programming> (SDLC) Any logical process used by a systems analyst to develop an information system, including requirements, validation, training, and user ownership.

An SDLC should result in a high quality system that meets or exceeds customer expectations, within time and cost estimates, works effectively and efficiently in the current and planned Information Technology infrastructure, and is cheap to maintain and cost-effective to enhance.


(01 May 2000)

systems integrationmedical dictionary

The procedures involved in combining separately developed modules, components, or subsystems so that they work together as a complete system.

(12 Dec 1998)

Preferred term: jock

Systems Network Architecturecomputing dictionary

<networking> (SNA) IBM's proprietary high level networking protocol standard, used by IBM and IBM compatible mainframes.

Also referred to as "Blue Glue", SNA is a bletcherous protocol once widely favoured at commercial shops. The official IBM definition is "that which binds blue boxes together." It may be relevant that Blue Glue is also a 3M product commonly used to hold down carpets in dinosaur pens.

Acronym: SNA

(01 Mar 1994)

system softwarecomputing dictionary

<operating system> Any software required to support the production or execution of application programs but which is not specific to any particular application.

System software typically includes an operating system to control the execution of other programs; user environment software such as a command-line interpreter, window system, desktop; development tools for building other programs such as assemblers, compilers, linkers, libraries, interpreters, cross-reference generators, version control, make; debugging, profiling and monitoring tools; utility programs, e.g. for sorting, printing, and editting.

Different people would classify some or all of the above as part of the operating system while others might say the operating system was just the kernel. Some might say system software includes utility programs like sort.

(01 Jan 2007)

systems operatorcomputing dictionary

Preferred term: system operator

systems programmercomputing dictionary

<job> (sysprog) A generic job title that covers a variety of specialist roles such as writing low-level code that talks to directly to the operating system on a server.

Typical skills required are experience of specific operating systems, networking (TCP/IP, ATM, Ethernet, DNS), electronic mail (POP, IMAP, SMTP), web servers, RDBMS, operating system and network security, and hardware (SCSI, hard disks, and backup devices).

Contrast: system administration.

American spelling: systems programr

(01 Apr 1999)

systems programmingcomputing dictionary

Preferred term: systems programmer

systems theorymedical dictionary

Principles, models, and laws that apply to complex interrelationships and interdependencies of sets of linked components which form a functioning whole, a system. Any system may be composed of components which are systems in their own right (sub-systems), such as several organs within an individual organism.

(12 Dec 1998)

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