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Why Dropbox and Box are expanding beyond straight-up cloud storage

For companies in the cloud storage business, standing out from the pack isn't getting any easier, as many competing services are racing to the bottom with both free and paid offerings.

TPE et PME françaises: investissements IT en hausse.

Le baromètre CaPex (édition 2014) démontre un regain de confiance en l’avenir pour les TPE et PME françaises. Celles-ci comptent investir plus dans l’IT pour renforcer leurs activités existantes.

How the Internet of Things Drives CRM Investments

Organizations are leveraging customer relationship management (CRM) technologies as a major part of their digital initiatives to enhance the customer experience, according to a recent Gartner report. Demand for modern technology customer relationships is driving refreshed or expanded integration and usage of all areas of CRM software. The outlook continues to be positive for CRM as buyers focus on technologies that enable more-targeted customer interactions in multichannel environments.

After cloud price cuts from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, what's next?

As prices bottom out, cloud vendors will focus on feature sets, lock-in, and highly granular competition from specialists

Now that Google, Amazon, and Microsoft -- in that order -- have all engaged in a fresh round of price slashing for their cloud services, what's next beyond keeping prices mutually competitive?

Enterprise software, devices to fuel IT spending growth in 2014, Gartner says

Worldwide IT spending this year will rise 3.2 percent to $3.8 trillion, driven by rebounding device sales and strong growth in the enterprise software category, according to analyst firm Gartner.

Enterprise software revenue will jump 6.9 percent to $320 billion, thanks to increased interest in social software, database technologies and data management technologies, according to Gartner.

Microsoft Changes Its Tune With Free Version of Windows

Microsoft took an enormous step forward this morning. It unveiled a free version of its Windows operating system.

Microsoft's Satya Nadella puts the cloud front and center

While the buzz centers on Office for the iPad, the real message in Satya Nadella's coming-out party was the transformation of Microsoft to a cloud behemoth

From the start, the change in tone was striking. For Satya Nadella's first big dog-and-pony show, 52 days into his tenure as CEO, he did what his predecessor Steve Ballmer seemed constitutionally unable to do: Declare unequivocally that cloud and mobile were first, not just for Microsoft platforms, but across every device.

Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise Starting to Pay Off

Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise Companies are beginning to reap ROI and productivity benefits from consumer technologies such as smartphones and tablets. As the trend grows, IT leaders are moving beyond first responder status to craft a long-term strategy for success.
Driven by widespread mobile device usage, the spread of consumerized technologies such as mobile devices appears poised to move from the mainstream to a transformative technology that will trigger widespread changes in how business users work.

IDC: Cloud will be $107B industry by 2017

Cloud computing was an estimated $47.4 billion industry in 2013 and is expected to more than double to $107 billion by 2017, research firm IDC predicts.

The cloud’s 23.5% compound annual growth rate is five times faster than that of the broader technology market, IDC Vice President of data center and cloud Rick Villars said during the IDC Directions conference on Wednesday in Boston.

Cloud’s adoption has been driven by three major factors:

Microsoft's Lync surging as PBX choice in North America

Microsoft's Lync communications platform is making big gains as the IP PBX of choice, particularly in North America and particularly among larger businesses, Enterprise Connect attendees were told.

Lync ranks 11th worldwide among IP PBX vendors, but comes in No.3 in North America among businesses with more than 100 phone extensions, according to Peter Hale, principal analyst with MZA, speaking at the conference.

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