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Salesforce connects SharePoint files to its cloud with new tool

Salesforce is furthering its play to bring everybody everywhere into the fold with the launch of Salesforce Files Connect, a new tool that brings files from on-premises Microsoft SharePoint into a company's  cloud workflow.

Box unveils a new partner program to boost customer trust

A lot of businesses trust cloud sync-and-store provider Box, but they trust a lot of other solutions, too, for things like identity, data loss protection, and digital rights management.

But you can't always trust them to integrate very well without some help.

Dropbox pursues enterprises with new Business API

Though it offers a business-tier plan, Dropbox has historically lacked a full-blown business platform on the order of Box and its APIs. That's about to change with the introduction of the Dropbox for Business API.

The API is an attempt by Dropbox to leverage the massive user base it's built up both inside and outside of enterprises. The company is gambling that a sufficient number of companies haven't already made a commitment to a competitor.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Unveils OpenTouch Suite for SMBs

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has added to its unified communications portfolio with its OpenTouch Suite for SMB, targeting the small- and medium-sized business. New features include simplified SIP support, BYOD solutions, and a flexible cloud approach.

SMBs get their very own Salesforce app store

Users of Desk.com, Salesforce’s cloud-based customer service product for small and medium-size businesses, now have an app store designed just for them. Called Desk.com App Hub, the store offers 50 apps from Salesforce partner companies that handle functions including group chat, social monitoring, language translation and e-commerce analytics.

Teradata brings MapR Hadoop into the data warehouse

Enterprise data sets have gotten so voluminous that they can't fit into even the largest data warehouses anymore, many businesses find. Now, companies running these overstuffed data stores have an on-ramp to newfangled, big-data style processing through a combined effort between analytics systems supplier Teradata and Apache Hadoop distribution provider MapR.

Microsoft Rebrands Lync as Skype for Business

In a blog post last week, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Skype Gurdeep Pall revealed changes for Microsoft Lync with a new name, a new user interface, and new features. In his blog, Pall said, "In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release and updates to the service in Office 365."

Verse, IBM next generation e-mail client.

IBM's new enterprise email aims to organize your day. IBM is going up against cloud-apps powerhouses Google and Microsoft with its next generation e-mail client, called Verse, designed to enrich email with social media and analysis.

HP plugs the Vertica analytics engine into Hadoop

Bringing some enterprise rigor to the wild world of big data, Hewlett-Packard has issued a package that will allow organizations to harness HP's Vertica analytical database engine to investigate reams of unstructured data residing in Hadoop systems.

Amazon embraces Docker with new customer tool

The Docker container virtualization technology has proved to be such a hit with its users that Amazon Web Services has created a new management tool for handling large scale Docker deployments, though observers worry it could lock customers more tightly into the Amazon ecosystem. On Thursday, Amazon Web Services debuted the EC2 Container Service, now available as a preview, which provides a way for AWS users to easily deploy and manage up to hundreds of thousands of Docker containers.

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