RE: Words that should never be uttered or documented...

Subject: RE: Words that should never be uttered or documented...
From: jgarison -at- ide -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 11:15:42 -0400

"Silos" has been used to refer to information that is stored in separate
places that are hard to get to and require each piece of information to be
separately gathered. It is based on grain silos. Think if you had wheat in
three separate silos - getting some from all three places would require
three different processes. Contrast this to a system where information is
accessible regardless of its location - one access can get all three pieces
of data.


Currently living through the desiloization of data in an application ...

-----Original Message-----
From: Domaschuk, Rob [mailto:Robd -at- datalogics -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 11:07 AM
Subject: RE: Words that should never be uttered or documented...

Maybe last night was the night for such phrases. Someone said to me (while
complaining about different doc standards by different groups in their

The problem is that they've silo-ed the information.

"Silo-ed"? I asked. Turns out they were using the past tense of "silo" (as
in a grain silo, or information silo). Ahh yes, I thought to myself, the
dubious practice of converting nouns into verbs.

I never was able to get a clear definition of what this person meant. They
didn't even know, when I pressed them for an explanation of "silo-ing".

You just know in five years this person will be in charge of an IT


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