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Rob Daly, Sell-Side Technology

Earlier this week, I attended the Swift Operations Forum Americas where I heard Christopher Remondi, managing director, global head of technology at Brown Brothers Harriman, remark that he wished he had installed a Wikipedia app for his mobile device to keep up with the latest industry acronyms. In this case, he had been unsure what “XLDB” stood for when a new vendor repeatedly used the term during a meeting. It turns out that the vendor was referring to extra-large databases—or XLDBs.

As a journalist, I have an entire folder of bookmarks to various technology and financial glossaries and I rely quite a bit on Google’s definition capabilities. If you have not used this feature, you should try it. Just enter "define:" followed by the term and the search engine will bring up several definitions.

I wonder, then, where most technologists turn to learn about the latest technology. Is Wikipedia the first stop? Does anyone visit Webopedia.com anymore?

Let me know your favorite site and send me your thoughts: [email protected].

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