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Microsoft Frameworks Integrated Glossary

The Microsoft Integrated Glossary contains terms for: MSF - Microsoft Solutions Framework MOF - Microsoft Operations Framework MSPMO - Project Management Office
Mar 4, 2004

ITSM Watch Staff




daily build
Building the product in an executable form on a daily basis.


data availability
In security, the ability of authorized users to access the data they need, when they need it.


data confidentiality
In security, the ability to restrict data accessibility.


data integrity
In security, ensuring that data presented to authorized users is accurate and not improperly modified.


data service
A unit of application logic that provides the lowest visible level of detail used to manipulate data.


data topology
A data distribution map that indicates data store locations in relation to the network topology.


decomposing work
Breaking the scope of work for a complex project into more manageable parts. See also work breakdown structure.


definitive software library
A secure software library where all versions of software configuration items that the change advisory board has accepted are held in their definitive, quality-controlled form (by necessity this logical library may have to occupy one or more physical locations).


A physical artifact created by the team, usually associated with reaching an interim or major milestone. It can be the only product or one of several products associated with that milestone. Deliverables may be internal for use by the project team, or more narrowly, may be delivered to and subject to approval by an external customer or sponsor.


delivery support
See service delivery.


deploying phase
The fourth stage of the process model, during which the project team deploys the tested solution to all planned sites. The deploying phase culminates in the deployment complete milestone.


deployment complete milestone
The point at which the deployed solution is providing the expected business value to the customer and the customer has signed off on the project. The deployment complete milestone is the culmination of the deploying phase.


The process of shaping the future by applying new capabilities to the current reality.


design goals
Goals set during the envisioning phase that outline, at a high level, the process of designing a software solution for a business problem.


design, conceptual
The goal in conceptual design is to identify business needs and to understand what users do and what they require. It is not the approach taken or the technologies used to build a solution. Conceptual design is analogous to the rough sketches and scenarios created when designing a house. These are easily understood models jointly created by the customer and the architect.


design, logical
Logical design organizes the details of the application that the team builds to fulfill business needs and user requirements. Logical design is created by the architect's team and lays out the structure of the solution and the communication paths among elements. Logical design corresponds to a floor plan and elevation, where elements such as spatial relationships are organized.


design, physical
Physical design addresses the technology that will be used by the end user. The goal is to apply real-world technology constraints to the logical design, such as implementation and performance considerations. Physical design corresponds to a contractor's blueprints for the physical elements of a structure-wiring, plumbing, heating, and ventilation. The contractor's plans add detail to the architect's plans and reflect real-world construction constraints.


desired architecture
The future envisioned state of the enterprise architecture.


developing phase
Within Microsoft Solutions Framework, the third of four phases within the MSF process model. Depending upon the nature of the project, all code and documentation development, solution testing and pilots, and installation script and process creation is accomplished during this phase. The developing phase is bounded by the project plan approved (input) and release (output) milestones.


development environment set up interim milestone
The point during the planning phase at which the project team has prepared the environment in which development will take place.


development role
One of six team roles, it focuses on coding to the functional specification and on meeting customer expectations. It participates in design, focusing on physical design; estimates time and effort to complete each feature; and serves the team as a technology consultant.


digital nervous system
An obsolete Microsoft marketing term, its use is not advised. A digital nervous system is analogous to a biological nervous system in that it provides an organization with the information it needs. A digital nervous system supports basic business operations, prepares an organization to react to both planned and unplanned events, and helps to gain and/or maintain a competitive advantage.


direct costs
Costs that can be traced to a particular activity or organizational department.


directory services administration
A MOF service management function in the operating quadrant. It provides the day-to-day operations, maintenance, and support of the enterprise directory.


disaster recovery
Similar to contingency plan. However, it traditionally refers to a recovery from a natural disaster. The contingency plan may anticipate and serve the purpose of the disaster recovery plan if it is broad in scope.


distributed COM (DCOM)
Extends COM across machine boundaries, providing remote invocation of COM components in a location-transparent manner.


The unavailability of one or more configuration items (CIs). It is measured from the start of the incident to the restoration of an IT service.


See definitive software library.