Killer Application

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Killer Application

An informal term for a computer program so much better than its competitors that it drives them all out of business.
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Now that you've returned from 1979 and looked at various killer apps, sweet spots, and silver bullets available today, it's time to leave the fictional world of time travel and embrace modern knowledge technologies.
Listening is the killer app for the relational domain.
The final "killer app" is the work ethic, which Ferguson argues finds its roots in the Protestant work ethic.
"This is because of all inventories available to an operator, SMS is the killer app. All phones are SMS enabled as opposed to a much smaller percentage of smart phones that can deliver mobile web and applications.
If you find a killer app or have a killer comment, we want to hear about it.
For personal-lines carriers, apps development has gone from merely "getting your name in front of people" marketing to creating the "killer app"--bill payment solutions--to now even experimenting with ways to make insurance buyers better risks, like the State Farm auto-responder app that answers your phone for you while you're driving.
It tends to appear in the same old sentences: "There's an app for that," and "There's a killer app for that." A few variations are possible, such as: "I bought that app," and "I bought a killer app today." (A killer app, in laymen's terms, is a super-duper one.)
Still, there are those who think the next killer app could literally be a killer app--as in eradicating one or more traditional players--and strike with unexpected speed.
The promise of mobile technology has long been seen as a "killer app" for CRM--but "dead on arrival" might be a better description for most of the mobile CRM offerings released during the past decade.
The company describes electronic medical records on mobile devices as the "killer app" that will affect the health care industry.
But are they the next killer app for mobile banking?
Computers have been all over the workplace for only a few decades but even so numerous killer app storage devices have come and gone, and with the going most information stored on them has disappeared.