What is ‘Abend’

An unexpected end to a computer program that results in the system crashing or closing down. Derived from the abbreviated version of the term “abnormal end”, abend crashes in a business setting can cost companies a significant amount of money. This is why many information technology (IT) departments spend a lot of resources to detect and correct bugs in software.

Explaining ‘Abend’

An abnormal end, rather than a planned termination, of a computer program may either be due to an easily resolved problem (such as insufficient memory) or on account of a technical glitch that is difficult to identify. The term “abend” is an archaic one that is more commonly used with reference to older mainframe computers such as the IBM 360, rather than modern desktops and laptops.

Further Reading

  • The origins of business ethics in American universities, 1902–1936 – www.cambridge.org [PDF]
  • From social control to financial economics: the linked ecologies of economics and business in twentieth century America – link.springer.com [PDF]
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  • Evaluating quality in educational facilities – www.oecd-ilibrary.org [PDF]
  • 'Battered hero'or 'innocent victim'? A comparative study of metaphors for euro trading in British and German financial reporting – www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]
  • Representing translation: the representation of translation and translators in contemporary media: edited by Dror Abend-David, New York and London, Bloomsbury … – www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
  • All about profit? How economics and finance experts disseminate the instrumental market logic to family businesses – www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]
  • Countertransference and Psychoanalytic Technique: A Response – www.tandfonline.com [PDF]