Veteran engineers: What business term(s) did it take you a while to wrap your head around?

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CISO in Software, 10,001+ employees
Business audit
Director of IT in Software, 51 - 200 employees
1. Return on Investment (ROI): ROI is a metric used to evaluate the profitability of an investment. It is the ratio of the net profit from an investment to the cost of the investment. For engineers, who tend to focus more on technical aspects, understanding financial concepts like ROI can be a challenge.

2. Supply Chain Management (SCM): SCM refers to the management of the flow of goods and services from the point of origin to the point of consumption. While engineers may have a good understanding of the technical aspects of manufacturing, SCM involves a much broader perspective that includes logistics, procurement, and vendor management.

3. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): KPIs are metrics used to measure the performance of a business or a specific process. They are used to evaluate the success of a project, department, or organization. Understanding how to identify and measure KPIs can be important for engineers who are involved in project management or product development.

4. Gross Margin: Gross margin is the difference between revenue and the cost of goods sold. It is an important financial metric used to evaluate the profitability of a product or service. Engineers may be more focused on the technical aspects of product development and may need some time to understand the impact of gross margin on the business.

5. Cash Flow: Cash flow refers to the amount of cash that is coming in and going out of a business. It is an important financial metric that can indicate the financial health of a company. Engineers may be more focused on technical aspects like product design and development and may need some time to understand the importance of cash flow for the business.
IT Strategist in Government, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Sustainability - are we talking about reusable design, deployment and support practices, or just a reduction of equipment physical footprint and electricity consumption? It takes a while to understand that both views are actually related.   

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