Using acronyms is like speaking in tongues for me. I joke that I have a phobia of three-letter acronyms (TLA).

I jokingly say, “I meditate daily until they find a cure.”

I know I am not alone.

Someone starts talking and using abbreviations, and you don’t know what they mean. Working in corporate America, you can have multiple acronyms of the same letters each with a different meaning, so how do you know what the other person is saying.

I have begun this acronym list for those, like me, who simply don’t know, forgot or are just learning.

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AC Actual Currency
ACL Applied Ceramic Labeling
ACQ Automatic Color Quality
ADF Automatic Document Factory
AEC Architecture Engineering and Construction
AFP Advanced Function Presentation (IBM data stream)
AGM Account General Manager
AI Adobe Illustrator
AP Advanced Productivity
API Applications Program Interface
APPE Adobe PDF Print Engine
APPL Apple Computer Stock Ticker
ASE Adobe Swatch Exchange
ASP Achieved Sale Price
ASR Automated Supplies Replenishment
BDE Business Development Executive
BDM Business Development Manager
BFS Blow-fill-seal process
BIM Building Information Modeling
Bing But it’s not Google
BMP Bitmap
BOM Build of Material
BOM Bill of Materials
BOOE Bane of Our Existence
BPA Business Process Automation
BPO Business Process Outsourcing
BPS Business Process Services
CAD & CAM Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing
CAGR Compound Annual Growth Rate
CC Constant Currency
CCM Computer color matching
CCR Critical Customer Requirements
CEC Customer Engagement Criteria
CED Customer Expectations Document
CMCS Cross Media Communication Services
CMF Color material and finishing
CMO Critical Major Ordinary
CMO Chief Operating Officer
CMOCA Color Management Object Content Architecture
CMS Communication & Marketing Services
CMYK Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black
COS Cost of Sales
CPQM Color & Print Quality Management
CPR What you likely need after absorbing this list
CPS Centralized Print Service
CPSI Configurable PostScript Interpreter
CR Change Request= Change Widget in machine
CSA Color Source Array
CSD Carbonated Soda Drinks
CTP Computer to Plate
D2D Day to Day
DA Decision Authority
DAM Digital Assets Management
DBG Death By Google
DFE Digital Front End
DfLSS Design for Lean Six Sigma
DMAIC Define, Measure Analyze, Improve, Control
DMEDI Define, Measure, Explore, Develop, Implement
DOCS Document Outsource and Communications Services
DOE Design of Experiments
DPI Dots Per Inch
DPMO Defects Per Million Opportunities
DRM Digital Rights Management
DSCM Document Supply Chain Management
DSCMS Document Supply Chain Managed Services
DTF Direct to Fabric
DVT Design Verification Testing
eBook Electronic Book
ECE Executive Communications Exchange
ECE External Customer Experience
ECN Export Control Number
EFIW Enterprise Financial Information Warehouse
EIP Enhanced Image Permanence
EIP Extensible Interface Platform
EMRDF Electronic Mail Run Data Files
EMS Enterprise Marketing Services
EPS Enterprise Print Services
EPS Encapsulated PostScript
EPUB Electronic Publishing
ESR Equipment Sale Revenue
EULA End User License Agreement
EWS Early Warning Systems
F2F Face to Face
FACI Furniture Accessory Control Interface
FC Final Candidate
FM Facility Maintenance
FMEA Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
FOB Freight on Board (FOB)
FTP File Transfer Protocol
FUD Fear, uncertainty & death
G2M Go to Market
GDC Global Delivery Centre
GDO Global Document Outsourcing (XGS)
GIF Graphics Interchange Format
GM Golden Master
GM Gross Margin
GM Golden Master
GM General Manager
GPDG Global Product Delivery Group
GRACoL General Requirements for Applications in Commercial offset Lithography
HP High Production
HP Hewlett Packard
HTML HyperText Markup Language
IBG International Business Group
IDR Identical Replacement
IES Initial Experience Survey
IFM Interface Module
IG Instructor Guide
IMB Intelligent Mail Bar Code
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IP Intellectual Property
IPDS Intelligent Printer Data Stream
ISBN International Standard Book Number
ISC Integrated Supply Chain
ISSN International Standard Serial Number
ISV Independent software vendor
JLYT Job Layout, Yours Truly (HP Indigo Proprietary VI)
JPG Joint Photographic Experts Group
KD Key Differentials
LCCN Library of Congress Control Number
LDAP Local Directory Access Protocol
LDP Lean Document Production
LOB line of business
LSS Lean Six Sigma
M&A Mergers and Acquisitions
MAPS Material Acquisition Plan
MBF Management by Fact
MCV Manufacturing Cost Variance
MML Monthly Management Letter
MOBI Mobipocket
MOM Market Operations Manager
MOQ or MOM Minimum Order Quantity/ Minimum order multiple/ Multiple Order Quantity
MPO Machine Purchase Option
MPR Market Portfolio Reviews
MRP Material and Manufacturing Planning
MRT Manufacturing Resource Team
MRT Materials Resource Team
MTBF Mean time between failures
MTTR Mean time to repair
NCOS National Change of Address
NPV Net Present Value
NRE Non Recovered Engineering Costs
NTE Not To Exceed
NWE New Work Effort
OAP Open Automated Platform
OCR Optical Character Recognition
OEE Overall Equipment Effectiveness
OGC Office of General Counsel (Legal)
ORM Operational Risk Management
PAS Program Acquisition Spend
PCE Product Cost Estimation
PCR Post Consumer Regrind
PDF Portable Document Format
PDM Product data management
PDQ Pallet and/or Presentation Display Quantity (PDQ)
PDQ Presentation Display Quantity (PDQ)
PDQ Pretty Darn Quick (PDQ)
PDS Product design specifications (PDS)
PFP Prepared for Print
PHP Hypertext Preprocessor
PIUF (poof) Product Information Update Form
PLC Product Life Cycle
PLM Product Lifecycle Management
PMS Pantone Matching System
PNG Portable Network Graphics
POC Proof of Concept
POD Princess of Darkness
POD Print on Demand
POPO Power On Power Off
PPC Pay Per Click
PPI Pixels per inch
PQP/ PQM Print Quality Program
PRC Palm Resource Code
PSA Product Specific Agreement
PSIP Print Station Interface Platform
PVP Production Value Prop
PWB Participant Work Book
PWS Portable Work Station
QCD Quality Cost Delivery
QFD Quality Function Deployment
QR Code Quick Response Code
REACh Registration, Evaluation, Authorization & Restriction of Chemical
RF Release Final
RFA Retail, Fashion & Apparel
RIP Raster Image Processer
RO Reservation Order
ROI Return on investment
ROS Return on Sales/ Raster Output Scanner
RPN Risk Priority Number
RRP or SRP Retail ready packaging (RRP) or Shelf ready packaging (SRP)
RSS Resource Description Framework (RDF) Site Summary
S/D Supply Demand
SaaS Software as a Service
SAG Sales, Administrative and General Expenses
SAM Strategic Account Manager
SCIR Surrogate customer importance rating
SDK Software Development kit
SEM Search Engine Marketing
SEO Search engine Optimization
SFC Shop Floor Control
SIPOC Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs, Customers
SLA Service Level Agreement
SLT Senior Leadership Team
SMB Small and Medium Sized Businesses
SME Subject Matter Expert
SMM Senior Management Meeting
SMR Service Marketing Representative
SNAP Specifications for Non Heatset Advertising Printing
SOD System Operating Description
SOT Stop Order Taking
SPAR System Problem Action Report
SPC Statistical Process Control
SQAT System Quality Assessment Test
SQL Sigma Quality Level
SQL Structured Query Language
SSE Services & Solutions Executive
SWAG Scientific Wilde Arse Guess
SWOP Specifications Web Offset Publications
TAP Technical Advisory Panel
TAT Turnaround Times
TIF Tagged Image File
TISP Tightly Integrated Serial Printing
TLA Three Letter Acronyms
TLW Thought Leadership Workshop
TNC Terms and Conditions
TPM Technical Program Manager
TTM Time to Market
TTV Time to Volume
UM Unscheduled Maintenance
UMC Unit Manufacturing Cost
UMR Unscheduled Maintenance Rate
URL Uniform Resource Locator
VGM Variable Gloss Management
VoC Voice of Customer
VoD Vector of Differential
VoD Value of Design
VoI Voice of Industry
WBLT Web Based Licensing Tool
WHQL Windows Hardware Quality Laboratories
XML eXtensible Markup Language
XTML Extensible HyperText Markup Language

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