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Acronyms and Abbreviations - See also Glossary - B

This letter last updated 31 January 2003

B-ISDN Broadband Integrated Services Digital Network
B.C. Before Chaos
B.C. Before Christ (see B.C.E.)
B.C. Before Computers
B.C.E. Before the Common Era (non-religious term for B.C.)
B/L Bill of Lading
B/P Bills Payable
B/R Bills Receivable
B/S Bill of Sale
B/U Backup
B2B Back to Basics (a respite from all the hype from that other B2B)
B2B Business-to-Business (c.f. A2A)
B2C Business-to-Consumer
B2D Business-to-Distributor
B2E Business-to-Employee
B2G Business-to-Government
B2P Business-to-Person
B2R Back To Reality
BA Bachelor of Arts
BA Bank of America
BA British Academy
BA British Airways
BA British Association (Science, Technology)
BA Business Administration
BAAN (n.a.) Name of founder of Baan, software company
BAAQMD Bay Area Air Quality Management District
BABT British Approval Board for Telecommunications
BACS Bankers' Automated Clearing Service
BADGER Bay Area Digital Geo Resource, JVSV Project
BAK BAcKup file (.bak)
BAM Bay Area Music award ("Bammies")
BAM Business Administration Manager
BAM Business Associate Messaging
BAMTA Bay Area Multimedia Technology Alliance
BANANA Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything (A BANANA is beyond a NIMBY)
BAPI Business Application Program Interface, SAP
BARD Bay Area RosettaNet Deployment
BART Bay Area Rapid Transit
BASIC Beginners All purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
BAT (n.a.) BATch execution file, MS-DOS
BB BaseBand, i.e. a single frequency
BB BreadBoard
BBA Basic Build Analysis
BBB Better Business Bureau
BBC British Broadcasting Corporation
BBFC British Board of Film Censors
BBN BoeBlingeN, Germany, near Stuttgart
BBS Be Back Soon
BBS Bulletin Board System
BBU Battery Backup Unit
BBW Big Beautiful Woman (believe it!)
BC British Columbia
BC See B.C.
BCAG Boeing Commercial Airplane Group
BCD Binary Coded Decimal, a way of coding numbers as digits
BCE see B.C.E.
BCNU (n.a.) Be seeing you
BCP Book of Common Prayer
BCP See eB-BCP
BCPMC See eB-BCP
BCPS See eB-BCS
BCS Boeing Computer Services
BDAT Binary DATa
BDATWAY Binary DATa path
BDF Business Design Facility (CASE tool from TI)
BE Build Environment
BEF British Expeditionary Force
BELCOR Bell Communications Research, Bell Labs
BER Basic Encoding Rules
BER Bit Error Rate
BEST British Expertise in Science and Technology
BET Break Even Time (rollover timing)
BET Black Entertainment Television
BETA Bulletin of Experimental Treatments for AIDS
BF BackFlush
BF Belgian Franc
BF Best Friend
BF Blind Faith
bf BoldFace
BFETL Buffered Field Effect Transistor Logic
BFN Bye For Now
BFPO British Forces Post Office
BG Border Gateway
BGA Ball Grid Array
BGM BeGinning of Message, EDIFACT
BHL8 Be Home Late
BI Business Intelligence
BIA Bureau of Indian Affairs, government agency
BICI Broadband Inter Carrier Interface
BiCMOS Bipolar CMOS
BIDS Broadband Interactive Data Solution
BIDS Broadband Internet Delivery System
BIE Business Information Entity
BIF Basis In Fact
BIG Business Interest Group
BISSI Broadband Inter Switching System Interface
BILLS Boy I Love Losing Superbowls
BIM Business and Information Modeling
bimmer A BMW or BMW driver (pron. bee-mer)
BIND Berkeley Internet Name Domain server
BINS Bundled Information Notification System
BIO See eB-BIO
BION Believe It Or Not
BIOS Basic Input/Output System
BISDN Broadband Integrated Services Digital Network
BIT Base Item Types
bit BInary digiT
BIT Business Implementation Time
BITCH Boys, I'm Taking Charge Here
BITS Banking Industry Technology Secretariat, responsible for FSSL
BIW Business Information Warehouse, SAP
BL See B/L
BLM Bureau of Land Management
BLOB Binary Large OBject
BLPC British Library Public Catalogue
BLS Bachelor of Library Sciences
BLT Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich
BLT Billing, Logistics, and Tracking, from Remedy Software
BM Brand Management
BMA British Medical Association
BML Business Management Layer
BMOC Big Man On Campus
BMP Windows Bit MaP (.bmp graphics file format)
BMW Bayerisches Motoren Werke (Bavarian Motor Works)
BNC Bayonet Nut Coupling
BNeD Broadband Network Design
BO Back Office
BO Bad Odor
BO Branch Office
BOA Business Online Access
BOB Business Object Broker, SAP
BOC Bell Operating Companies, AT&T independent subsidiaries
BOD Bandwidth on Demand
BOD Basic Operational Data
BOD Basis of Design
BOD Battery Operated Device
BOD Beginning of Data
BOD Beginning of Day
BOD Better of Dead
BOD Bid Opening Date
BOD Bill of Distributions (SCM)
BOD Board Of Directors
BOD BOrDeaux - airport code for Merignac Airport Bordeaux, France
BOD Born On Date (Budweiser freshness date)
BOD Bottom Of Draw
BOD Business Object Document, OAG
BOF Birds of a Feather, USENIX impromptu SIG meetings
BOFH B____/B______ Operator From Hell, a/k/a System Administrator
BOGSAB Bunch Of Guys Sittin' At a Bar
BOGSAT Bunch Of Guys Sittin' At a Table
BOH Balance On Hand
BOHICA Bend Over, Here It Comes Again
BOI Business Object Interface (BAAN, c.f BAPI, which SAP has)
BOM Bill Of Materials
BOOTP BOOT Protocol, networking standard, RFC-951
BOR Business Object Repository, SAP
BO Beginning Of Tape
BOT Board of Trade
BOT (n.a.) Short for RoBOT - computer program that runs automatically
BP British Petroleum
BP British Pound
BP Build Plan
BP See B/P
BPC British Pharmaceutical Codex
BPE Beaded PolyEthylene
BPE Business Process Engineering; TI's name for BPR
BPEL4WS Business Process Execution Language for Web Services
BPI Bits Per Inch
BPI Business Partner Integration
BPIM See eB-BIM
BPO Blanket Purchase Order
BPR Business Process Reengineering (Term coined by Hammer and Champy)
BPR Buyer Performance Report
BPS Bits Per Second
BPS Business Process Subcommittee, EIDX
BPS See eB-BPS
BPSS ebXML Business Process Specification Schema, now eB-BPS
BR British Rail
BR See B/R
BRA Basic Rate Access (ISDN)
BRDC Biotechnology Research and Development Corporation
BRI Basic Rate Interface (ISDN)
BRITE Basic Research in Industrial Technologies for Europe
BRS Business Recovery Services
BRW Business Report Writer
BS Bachelor of Science
BS Bi-Synchronous
BS Billing System
BS Bull S___ (frequently used colloquial term)
BS Business Services
BS See B/S
BSA Boy Scouts of America
BSC Base Station Controller
BSD Berkeley Systems Distribution, a flavor of UNIX
BSDL Boundary Scan Description Language
BSE Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, "Mad Cow Disease"
BSI British Standards Institute
BSP Business Service Provider
BSOD Blue Screen Of Death
BSR Basic Semantic Repository
BSR Business Strategy Report
BSS Base Station System
BSS Business Support System
BST British Summer Time (cf GMT)
BSU Basic Semantic Unit
BT British Telecom
BTA British Tourist Authority
BTB Book-To-Bill ratio
BTI Business Travel International
BTRON Business TRON
BTS Base Transceiver Station
BTU British Thermal Unit, heat capacity
BTW By The Way
BU Business Unit
BU see B/U
BUG Brilliant and Ultimate Goal
BUM Business Unit Manager
BUTT Business Unit Technical Team
BWIT But Why Is That?
BWNDITW But We've Never Done It That Way
BX Base eXchange (Air Force)
BYKTA But You Know That Already
BYO_ Bring Your Own ____