We're internally using the term "business infrastructure" to group a set of modules, like a web site, an administration portal, an e-commerce engine and so on. While nicely accepted by the team, the term is often shorten to "BI", which, in the software industry, already refers to another concept (more precisely, "business intelligence"). We need to find another term, but the synonyms suggested by the dictionaries will not do (we cannot say "business base", "business groundwork", "business underpinning"). Can you suggest a synonym?

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    BINF. And 'finely accepted' isn't an acceptable way of saying 'accepted as fine'. Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 12:48
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    I'd say 'business structures', but I don't suppose 'BS' will fly!
    – Tushar Raj
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 13:20
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    @TusharRaj - If BS doesn't work, I don't suppose there's a good pair of words for BM.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 13:41
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    Maybe the problem is your use of Business Infrastructure incorrectly? What are you describing are Operational Tools, which are a part of business infrastructure. I'd say OT has a ring to it.
    – AcePL
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 14:34
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    It's not unusual for companies to have internal jargon and acronyms that conflict with common industry phrases. It can be confusing for new employees, but they quickly get used to it. There are only so many short acronyms, and there are likely to be pre-existing meanings for most of the ones you might want to use.
    – Barmar
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 15:01

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Business infrastructure is something that covers all kinds of resources that any given company has at it's disposal, including software or other IT solutions. That being said, I think the term you should be going for is "Operational Tools". It has a ring to as an acronym. And said acronym is not as common as other proposals.

I can also propose "Business IT Solutions"... However, this one's short version is, while rather interesting, also somewhat ambiguous? But - if one likes it - why the heck not? ;)

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