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qualitative or quantitative attributes of a variable or set of variables. Data are typically the results of measurements and can be the basis of graphs, images or observations of a set of variables. Data are often viewed as the lowest level of abstraction from which information and then knowledge are derived.

Data conversion

Transferring and configuring from one form of computer data to another.

DBA (Database Administrator)

A person who is responsible for the logical and physical design of databases; and normally for all aspects of their recoverability, integrity, security, availability and performance.

Demand Planning

A multi-step operational supply chain management (SCM) process used to create reliable forecasts. Effective demand planning can guide users to improve the accuracy of revenue forecasts, align inventory levels with peaks and troughs in demand, and enhance profitability for a given channel or product.

Demo (or demonstration)

A visual presentation showing how something works.


Reductions to a basic price of goods or services.

Discrete manufacturing

The production or assembly of parts and/or finished products that are recognizable as distinct units capable of being identified by serial numbers or other labeling methods — and measurable as numerical quantities rather than by weight or volume.