The startup story #5: Familiar with IT terminology?
The startup story #5: Familiar with IT terminology?

The startup story #5: Familiar with IT terminology?

Friday, 30 September 2016

For everyone that is not familiar with the IT or software industry it can be quite intriguing to hear software engineers and developers having a conversation. What is open source software or what’s the difference between software and hardware? Once you’re in this industry these terms are everyday business, but for outsiders it appears to be a completely different world.

‘The startup story’ is a series of blog posts about the ins and outs of our startup journey.

Since we’re trying to take you along with us on our startup story trip we wanted to go deeper into the different backgrounds in our startup. Different backgrounds mean taking into account each other's personalities, knowledge areas and job duties. This can be quite the challenge when everything is just starting and still new. At Transceptor Technology we had mostly software engineers and developers that could understand each other's jargon perfectly, until May 2016, when the marketing girl (a.k.a me) came into Transceptor Technology.

Okay, I agree, I made it sound a little dramatic but as I told you in a previous blog I got a crash course when I joined in May. It started with a little background information on software and the basics of IT. Very interesting, but I was very intrigued by the terms they used. Well, they were normal terms to them but they were the cause of my slightly panicking brain at that point. How am I ever going to function in an industry that I, not yet, know anything about?

Like I mentioned earlier, everyone has different backgrounds in knowledge, my job are the marketing tasks at Transceptor Technology. I’d like to think I know a little bit about this, but it is a very different job than the ones that were being fulfilled at Transceptor. It was a new situation for all of us. In a situation like ours, where a non-it’er comes into the it world, it is your job to understand what is happening around you, with this comes the professional jargon.

Getting into it

The crash course was a good introduction, but in the weeks that followed a whole new world opened up for me. Youtube videos that described every detail I needed to know and of course a lot of documents with info. However, Google and Wikipedia, I owe you a special thanks!

After a few weeks you’re getting into it and you’re starting to feel like you actually understand something of what everyone is talking about (except when a new term is used, then you’re lost once again) but in general it is getting easier.

Some of the words that I as a non-IT’er was unfamiliar with (they are also the most commonly used words at Transceptor, well at least when they’re speaking to me ;-) ):

Pushing
when you need something to be somewhere else (mainly code)
Pulling
when you need to get something from somewhere else (mainly code)
Committing
I made something, now I’m going to add it to the rest
Open source
I made something, now everyone can use it
Cloud
When you store your data somewhere else (not actually in the clouds, because that’d be silly)
Hardware
something you can touch
Software
something you can’t touch
IoT
everything that collects data in a connected world
HTML
One of the languages
Javascript
Another language
Python
Fortunately not a snake, but yet another programming language
Front end
What you can see on the website
Back end
System that does the work behind the scenes. Usually shuffle data around.
Algorithm
Word used by programmers when they do not want to explain what they did
Time series DB
This is siridb.net
Downtime
We guarantee no downtime for SiriDB
Robust
One of SiriDB’s keywords
Scalable
SiriDB is very scalable
Data
If you hear this word a lot, you’re probably in need of SiriDB

So now that I have explained some of the terms (no marketing included) that I now can describe perfectly but previously had no clue about I can reassure anyone who is coming into an industry they are not familiar with. You need some weeks to adjust but after that, it will feel like you never did something else. Your colleagues will help you through it.

Challenges

My slightly panicking brain is now completely relaxed when these terms are thrown into the conversation. One challenge for our startup was making sure everyone knows what is going on, in this case it was me that was unfamiliar with the industry. We figured out a way to make it work and are now working in perfect harmony. Another challenge for our startup tackled, on to the next!