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IBM: Companies facing social media conundrum

The company's study shows that many businesses are embracing social media tools, but to what end? IBM issued a report today that found while most companies are accelerating their social media plans, many are struggling to figure out what it all means.

IDC: In software market, CRM, virtualization, and collaboration show strongest growth

The global software market grew 4.7 percent in the first half of this year to $167 billion, with CRM (customer relationship management), virtualization and collaboration coming in as the fastest-growing segments, according to figures released Wednesday by analyst firm IDC.

Economic difficulties in Western Europe dragged down the market overall, but software sales in the U.S., Latin America, Russia, China, and other areas showed growth, according to IDC.

Gartner: Mobile Device Management Tech Set to Take Off

With the tsunami of mobile devices infiltrating the enterprise, companies will adopt Mobile Device Management technologies in record numbers over the next five year.

That was one of the major mobile trends Gartner analysts presented this week at the firm's Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. Specifically in the next five years 65% of corporations will adopt MDM to address security concerns from smartphones and tablets.

Global cloud traffic will account for nearly two-thirds of total global data center traffic by 2016

Cisco study finds clouds moving in.

Global cloud traffic will grow sixfold between 2011 and 2016 while global data center traffic will quadruple in that time. That's just one of the findings in Cisco's second annual Global Cloud Index, an estimate of global data center and cloud-based IP traffic growth and trends.

Gartner's Top 10 tech trends for 2013

The rise of mobile devices becomes the No. 1 trend as Microsoft joins the fight and seeks to retain a strong share of client platforms. First came the heavy adoption of Apple's mobile platform by consumers whose heavy use of the devices for business tasks forced the IT operations at their companies to support them. Android was the next mobile platform pushed onto IT and now comes Windows 8, Microsoft's latest effort to keep its PC empire intact and gain market share in mobile devices.

Gartner: 10 critical IT trends for the next five years

The forces of cloud computing, social media/networking, mobility and information management are all evolving at a rapid pace. These evolutions are largely happening despite the controls that IT normally places on the use of technologies, Cappuccio stated. "IT was forced to support tablets, and end users forced them to support IM and wireless networks a few years ago. And more such technologies are on the horizon," he said.

France, Internet: 38% des personnes se connectent depuis leurs mobiles.

Selon la dernière étude de Médiamétrie, en août 2012, 20,4 millions de mobinautes ont eu recours à l’Internet mobile via un site Web ou une application, ce qui représente 37,7% des Français.

Plus de 9 mobinautes sur 10 (91,5%) ont visité au moins un site sur mobile et plus de 7 sur 10 (72,2%) au moins une application sur smartphone.

La consommation de l’Internet mobile continue de croître, tirée par de grandes marques.

IBM, AT&T team on cloud services

IBM has teamed with AT&T to offer secure shared cloud services to customers over private networks rather than the public Internet, the companies said Tuesday.

The service to be delivered from early next year is targeted at clients worldwide who are deploying clouds that demand high levels of security and availability, and who often cite security as a key inhibitor to cloud computing adoption, the companies said in a statement.

Cloud Will Never be Cheaper Than On-Premise

Deploying applications in the cloud is never going to be cheaper than deploying on-premise infrastructure, but the service benefits of cloud computing make the cost of adopting it worthwhile.

Facebook passes 1 billion user milestone

More than 1 billion people now use Facebook each month, almost one-seventh of the world's population, the company announced Thursday.

The company said it passed the milestone on 14 September, but only revealed the figure Thursday.

The number of Facebook users has doubled in a little over two years: it reached 500 million monthly active users in July 2010, the company said.

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