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What Does Bake-Off Mean?

A bake-off is a research process or proof of concept in which competing technologies are compared and the best product or service is selected.


A bake-off may also refer to a meeting in which software programmers challenge network protocols with their best innovative programs.

A bake-off may also be called a technology bake-off.

Techopedia Explains Bake-Off

Forsythe, a technology consulting firm, suggested that a successful technology bake-off requires that participants understand three things about their environment and requirements:

  • What success is for the organization. This involves setting up measurable, deterministic success criteria for each specific data center environment.
  • A benchmark for end-user experience in the physical realm.
  • That all interlocking products that comprise the overall proof-of-concept environment must be correctly configured to ensure that results are meaningful.

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