“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms” Socrates

Learning a language is a difficult task. Even more so if that language is your own and what you’re learning is a new lexicon. Well, this is the difficult situation many are finding themselves in following the advent of legal tech. What is an SQL server? How intelligent is artificial intelligence? More importantly where is this cloud people keep talking about and do I need an umbrella????

In the interest of helping out those in this painful position we are sharing a number of legal tech terms and their common misconceptions. No longer will we sound like our parents asking us if we’ve twittered at The Facebooks. No, our handy guide will have you chatting away like a natural techie.

Legal tech terminology

Term Actual meaning Often confused for…
API Whatsapp for computers Another Pain for IT
Encryption Encoding information so it is only readable by authorised parties What happens to plain English in between its departure from your IT director’s mouth and its arrival in your ear
Malware Malicious software, designed to infect your computer Poor fashion choices
Agile An alternative method for project management Making things up as you go along
Lean A methodology for developing businesses or products Bendy
Scrum An iterative and incremental agile software development framework From rugby; the art of mentally smothering an idea
Leverage An investment strategy, using borrowed money to capitalise on returns The act of finding your married boss in flagrante with the intern
Data Mining The practice of examining large pre-existing databases in order to generate new information Talking to Janice from HR on what happened at the last Christmas party
Migration The process of transferring data between computer storage types or file formats The act of moving away from the country following another failed IT implementation project
Big Data Extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations Data for people with poor vision
Cloud Computing Using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data Computing done anywhere with poor weather conditions, probably London on a foggy day