Virtual Glossary

GLOSSARY TERMS

Virtual Operation

A virtual operation is an organization that conducts its business leveraging digital technology by personnel who are not co-located in a building.  All communications are conducted on the phone or the internet; business functions are conducted online.

Telework

Telework is a broad term, referring to substituting telecommunications for any form of work-related travel.  It’s more progressive than “telecommuting” because it implies the use of technology for all work activities, ex. meetings, educational conferences and collaboration.

Teleworker

An individual who performs work using telecommunications tools and software to deliver job expectations.

Telecommuter

An individual working for a brick and mortar who performs work from a location outside the office setting, anywhere from one to four days out of the work week.

Remote Worker

An individual working for a brick and mortar who performs work from a location outside the office setting on a full time basis.

Virtualization

A technical term best described by NetworkWorld as: software that separates a run-time process from the underlying infrastructure that supports the process. Server virtualization, for instance, separates the application from the physical server.

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