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Desktop-as-a-Service: Your BYOD assist

People are using more kinds of devices to get work done than ever before. Yet business apps aren't always available on users' devices of choice.

Desktop as a service (DaaS) is turning out to be one way to solve this problem.

Microsoft Offers Cloud Device to Battle Google and Amazon

Microsoft will soon offer a hardware appliance that will let businesses run something akin to its Azure cloud computing service inside their own data centers.

IBM and Microsoft pledge to make their clouds compatible

Although fierce rivals in the market for cloud computing services, IBM and Microsoft have pledged to make their technologies interoperable in the cloud for the sake of their users.

On Wednesday, the companies jointly announced that many Microsoft enterprise products would run on IBM's infrastructure and platform services, and that many key IBM middleware products would be available for use on Microsoft Azure.

Google Acquires Cloud Database Company Firebase

Google announced today that it is acquiring cloud hosted database company Firebase. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Google will continue to offer Firebase’s services as part of its Google Cloud Platform line.

“If you’re a developer who has built an app on top of Firebase, nothing will change for you and you can continue to use Firebase as you normally would,” Firebase co-founder and CEO James Tamplin wrote in a blog post announcing the acquisition.

Telephony vendor Mitel goes public with $540M bid for ShoreTel

Canadian business communications vendor Mitel is offering $540 million for ShoreTel, a U.S.-based competitor, going public with the bid after saying it was snubbed earlier this month.

Mitel and ShoreTel sell enterprise phone systems and unified communications software and services. Mitel says the industry is consolidating and it wants to be a consolidator. In January, Mitel completed its acquisition of Aastra, another Canadian communications company.

Google outlines strategy for investing $100m a year in European tech startups

Google Ventures, the internet giant’s investment arm, has revealed how it plans to spend a new fund worth $100 million a year on European tech startups. The fund, announced in July after weeks of speculation, is the first to be launched after the US version of Google Ventures, which was established five years ago and now invests $300 million a year. Google’s European venture capital operation is being headed up by a team of six with varying  experience in creating and investing in tech companies.

Google misses forecasts, while cost per click also dips

Challenges in the mobile market continue to be a factor. Google missed analyst forecasts for both earnings and income in the third quarter, while the amount it makes when users click on ads also dipped.

Total revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 2014 was US$16.52 billion, Google said Thursday, coming in below analyst estimates of $16.57 billion, as polled by Thomson Reuters.

Budget IT : chasse aux licences logicielles inutilisées

Selon IDC, 96 % des entreprises n’exploitent pas toutes les licences logicielles qu’elles ont acquises. Une piste prioritaire pour réduire les coûts. En période de disette budgétaire, l’heure est à la rationalisation du parc de licences logicielles : 63 % des 430 entreprises sondées dans le monde par IDC estiment que leur budget en la matière va stagner ou régresser au cours des deux prochaines années.

France: les TPE freinent sur leurs dépenses logicielles

La dernière édition du baromètre semestriel de l’AFDEL sur le marché du logiciel en France reflète une importante baisse de la demande dans les petites entreprises. L’AFDEL vient de réactualiser son baromètre semestriel « Cockpit-Software Business at a Glance » avec les données obtenues en septembre 2014 auprès de ses adhérents éditeurs de logiciels et de solutions Internet.

Gartner: Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015 IT can’t ignore

Gartner defines its Strategic Technology Trends as those technologies that have the most potential to drive great change in the enterprise IT arena in the next three years.

Indeed this year’s crop has that potential as trends like software-defined networks and 3D printing take center stage in Gartner’s list.

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