e-Texas Carole Keeton Rylander
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

December, 2000
The New Frontier

The Digital Frontier

The e-Texas Commission:
Our Roots Run Deep

A New Mindset:
Embracing Change

Strategies for Change:
The New Basics

Call to Action:
Texas Can Blaze the Trail

e-Texas Commission


The maximum amount of data that a network cable can carry.

The smallest meaningful piece of information in a transaction.

Data that has been created, transmitted or stored as a string of signals coded as "1" (on) or "0" (off).

Digital divide
A term that refers to the division of the world into people who have access to technology and people who don't have access—and the capability to use—modern information technology.

The process of giving users direct access to information that would otherwise require a mediator (middleman).

The use of technology by government to interact with citizens, improve services and streamline operations.

The use of technology to link buyers and sellers and streamline manual procurement processes into real time online systems.

The physical components of information technology, including computers, peripheral devices such as printers or scanners, and cables and switches that link digital networks.

Stimuli that has meaning in some context for its receiver.

Information technology
A term that encompasses all forms of technology used to create, store, exchange and use information.

When applied to technology, refers to the capacities and standards for digital communication and data processing that support the flow of information.

The ability of software and hardware on different machines from different vendors to share data.

The global network of computers, switches, and connections that enables the world's computers to communicate with each other.

Mass customization
The ability to personalize information distributed to large groups.

The process of sending data to a specific list of recipients (as opposed to broadcasting, where signals are transmitted everywhere and to everyone).

A set of communication paths and the points they connect.

An electronic gateway or starting point that helps users organize the Web based on their interests. (Usually includes a range of resources and services, such as e-mail, forums, search engines, and online shopping malls.)

A level of computer responsiveness that the user senses as sufficiently immediate.

The ability of a hardware or software system to adapt to increasing demands. (A scalable network system is one that can start with just a few nodes but can easily expand to thousands of nodes.)

A catch-all term for the sets of instructions (programs) used to operate computer hardware.

A definition or format that has been approved by an organization or is accepted as a criterion by the industry.

Supply chain management
The process of optimizing delivery of goods, services, and information from supplier to customer.

The vast network of information and resources that is most widely used to communicate and trade via the Internet.

Web site
A collection of files accessed through a Web address, covering a particular subject and managed by a particular person or organization.

e-Texas is an initiative of Carole Keeton Rylander, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Post Office Box 13528, Capitol Station
Austin, Texas

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