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Google takes another swing at Excel with Sheets update

Google launched an updated version of its Sheets web app for spreadsheet editing, adding new capabilities that could help lure people away from Microsoft Excel.

Pilotage des fonctions fiscales : Cegid acquiert Altaven

Avec le rachat d’Alteven, l’éditeur lyonnais Cegid monte sur la verticale des métiers dédiés à la gestion de la fiscalité en entreprise.

Cegid procède à l’acquisition d’Altaven pour un montant non communiqué.

Ce qui permettra de renforcer son catalogue de solutions de gestion fiscale à destination des grandes entreprises et des groupes.

Apache Spark jumps on the R bandwag

Apache Spark, the big data processing technology for iterative workloads that is growing in popularity, is about to add capabilities for DataFrames and the R language as part of two upcoming upgrades.

Microsoft Finally Gets That It Won't Win the Smartphone War

On Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emailed staffers to update them on a series of executive changes at the company—changes that seem to have been a long time coming.

Microsoft and Google in drive to boost Web app speed to that of native apps

 

The project, WebAssembly, aims to compile the source code for the programmatic parts of Web applications so they can be processed by the browser more quickly.

Cisco acquires OpenStack pioneer Piston Cloud

Cisco this week announced intentions to acquire Piston Cloud Computing, its second OpenStack cloud computing buyout in less than a year.

Terms were not disclosed.

Avaya acquired Esna Technologies

Avaya has acquired Esna Technologies in a move intended to facilitate easier user access to cloud-based, multi-vendor communications capabilities.

The acquisition will help Avaya deliver an Esna-enabled Avaya Communicator web client for both the Avaya IP Office and Avaya Aura platforms with out-of-the-box video and voice capabilities that can be embedded into public or private cloud-based business applications.

New IBM OpenStack services support hybrid cloud apps

Building on its support for the OpenStack open source cloud computing platform, IBM this week unveiled a new slate of IBM Cloud OpenStack Services intended to help clients and developers integrate applications and data across hybrid clouds — including public, private and local cloud environments.

Google cloud strategy focuses on analyzing big data

Google may not have caught up to Amazon in the cloud market, but that's OK, according to a Google executive. The company is heading in a slightly different direction with cloud computing that involves helping customers analyze their data.

Butler Industries veut redonner du souffle à NextiraOne

Connu pour ses opérations dites de retournement, Walter Butler veut reprendre en main NextiraOne, un intégrateur informatique et télécoms d’entreprise actuellement en redressement judiciaire.

« Sous réserve de l’accord du Tribunal de Commerce de Paris , qui devrait intervenir sous huitaine », précise le communiqué.

Intel to buy Altera for $16.7B, eyes IoT market

Pursuing opportunities in the Internet of Things market, Intel has sealed a deal to buy Altera in an all-cash transaction valued at about $16.7 billion, which would be Intel’s largest acquisition ever.

News reports that the companies were in talks first surfaced in late March. However, those negotiations reportedly broke down in early April because Altera considered Intel’s offer of $54 per share too low.

As collaboration tools multiply, here’s how to avoid overload

Collaboration is a way of life in The Vanguard Group's institutional investors unit. For one thing, it uses the agile software development method, which requires collaboration among self-organized cross-functional teams. Vanguard also employs the scrum product development methodology, where interaction over documentation is a founding principle.

LinkedIn atteint la barre des dix millions de membres en France

C’était prévisible : LinkedIn poursuit son ascension en France, en détrônant Viadeo dans le leadership des réseaux sociaux professionnels.

LinkedIn poursuit son ascension en France et passe le cap des 10 millions de membres en France. Sans préciser s’il s’agit de profils actifs ou non.

Salesforce wants enterprise big-data users to catch its Wave

 

With Wave for Big Data, Salesforce wants to keep a foothold in enterprises with interest in Hadoop. Last year, Salesforce showed off Wave, a way to pull data into Salesforce's cloud and generate business-friendly analytics from it.

At Google I/O, the Internet of things gets a new OS

Google is moving deeper into the world of the IoT (Internet of Things), announcing a new operating system -- Brillo -- as well as a communications layer at its Google I/O developer conference today.

Sundar Pichai, a senior vice president at Google, took the stage at the company's annual conference to talk about updates to the Android platform, like Android Auto and Android Wear. He then turned his attention to IoT and how Google plans to help users build their own smart homes.

Microsoft doubles down on Office apps, services for Android tablets

Microsoft is adding 20 more global and local device makers to the list of companies that are bundling Office apps and services with their Android devices.

The expanded list of companies signing pre-installation deals with Microsoft include LG and Sony, according to a blog post on Tuesday announcing the list.

2015 smartphone sales

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Samsung stumbles as Apple creeps up in smartphone game

Over 4 billion people still have no Internet connection

The number of people using the Internet is growing at a steady rate, but 4.2 billion out of 7.4 billion will still be offline by the end of the year.

Overall, 35.3 percent of people in developing countries will use the Internet, compared to 82.2 percent in developed countries, according to data from the ITU (International Telecommunication Union). People who live in the so-called least developed countries will the worst off by far: In those nations only 9.5 percent will be connected by the end of December.

2015: don't expect much change in the smartphone market over the coming years.

What will the smartphone pie look like for Google's Android and Apple's iOS in 2019? Pretty much the same as today, says research firm IDC.

The worldwide smartphone market in 2019 is expected to look awfully similar to today's smartphone market.

By the end of 2015, total smartphone shipments will hit 1.4 billion, according to new data from research firm IDC.

2015 Tablet sales.

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Tablettes : une affaire de professionnels en Europe ?

IDC estime que la demande en entreprise va relancer, sur le court terme, le marché des tablettes en Europe de l’Ouest.

Gartner: Cloud IaaS is a $16.5 billion market

Led by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, the market will grow 29% per year until 2019.

 

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing is a fast growing market, leaping up 33% in 2015 to become an estimated $16.5 billion market, according to research firm Gartner.

The market shows no signs of slowing down, with a compound annual growth rate of 29.1% predicted for the next four years until 2019.

France. Tablettes, smartphones, PC… : le multi-terminal s’impose.

Selon une étude menée par Dell et Intel, les Français ont été bien rapides que la moyenne mondiale à délaisser leur PC de bureau comme outil unique de travail. Les salariés veulent désormais des terminaux spécifiques apportant la productivité adaptée à la tâche à accomplir.

2015 PC Sales

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Marché PC : pas d’exception française

GfK constate que le recul des ventes de PC en France s’est poursuivi au 1er trimestre 2015. Tous les segments du marché sont concernés.

Google launches a service for storing big data

Google finally opens up its speedy BigTable technology for third-party use.

 

Google has introduced a service for storing large amounts of data online, potentially enabling organizations to execute big data analysis as a cloud service.

Office 365 customers pay Microsoft up to 80% more over long haul

When Microsoft turns a customer into a subscriber, it gets 1.2 to 1.8 times the revenue compared to old-school licensing.

 

Moving a corporate customer from "transactional" purchases of Office -- the once-traditional practice of purchasing one-time, perpetual licenses that let workers use the suite as long as their firms want -- to Office 365 rent-not-buy subscriptions results in almost a doubling of revenue for Microsoft.

Samsung launches Artik chips for the Internet of Things

Samsung revealed a new chip family to power the Internet of Things, putting it in more direct competition with Intel, Qualcomm and others in the quest to connect everything.

Citrix launches Workspace Cloud with BYOD flexibility

Enterprises can deliver a customized IT environment for each user, combining resources on premises and in the cloud.

Life today is vastly more complicated for IT managers than it used to be, thanks in large part to two key trends: bring-your-own-device computing and the growing prevalence of mixed-infrastructure IT environments.

Aiming to ease some of the pressure on both ends, Citrix on Tuesday unveiled a new cloud offering designed to give enterprises maximum flexibility.

The backlash against Facebook’s Internet.org project is growing.

65 advocacy organizations in 31 countries released an open letter to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg protesting Internet.org—an effort to bring free internet service to the developing world—saying the project “violates the principles of net neutrality, threatening freedom of expression, equality of opportunity, security, privacy, and innovation.”

Huawei's LiteOS looks to play central role in Internet of Things

China's Huawei Technologies is ramping up its claim on the Internet of Things market with a new operating system, the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker announced Wednesday.

Gartner shows two-horse race in IaaS cloud: AWS and Microsoft Azure

Research firm Gartner's annual report card on the public IaaS cloud computing market shows there is one clear leader -- Amazon Web Services -- and another clear challenger, Microsoft Azure. And then there is everyone else.

Facebook and IBM are teaming up to help retailers better target advertising.

Facebook and IBM are teaming up to help retailers better target advertising on the world’s largest social network.

Microsoft looks to empower IT in the cloud

Microsoft is working to help its enterprise customers move their data, apps, and operations to the cloud -- specifically the hybrid cloud.

At its first Ignite conference in Chicago today, the company unveiled Microsoft Azure Stack, a collection of the company's hyper-scale public cloud technologies that it uses for its own data centers.

CoreOS gains on Docker, with support from Google, Red Hat, VMware

 

When CoreOS introduced its AppC container format as an alternative to Docker, one question jumped out: Would anyone other than CoreOS adopt it?

Cegid monte en puissance aux USA avec JDS Solutions

L’éditeur de progiciels Cegid procède à l’acquisition de JDS Solutions, éditeur américain d’applications ancré dans l’univers de la vente au détail.

C’est une opération de croissance externe importante pour Cegid qui veut accélérer son développement aux Etats-Unis dans le secteur du retail.

Solocal Group collabore avec Google et Microsoft pour viser les TPE et PME

Solocal Group (ex-PagesJaunes) signe un accord stratégique avec Google France pour cibler les entreprises. Tout en poursuivant celui entamé avec Microsoft/Bing en 2010. A l’occasion d’une journée dédiée à l’innovation et aux investisseurs, Solocal group (PagesJaunes, Mappy, A Vendre A Louer…) viennent de signer un partenariat stratégique avec Google.

RingCentral Adds Cloud Contact Center to Its Portfolio

RingCentral, a cloud-based business communications provider, has added contact center capabilities to its portfolio. The new RingCentral Contact Center is powered by inContact; inContact is a third-party provider of cloud contact center software that has deployed over 2,000 cloud contact center instances. The new contact center features are integrated with RingCentral Office.

Dépenses Cloud: progression de plus de 18% en 2014.

Selon IDC, les dépenses dédiées au cloud se sont élevées à 26,4 milliards de dollars en 2014, soit une nette progression de plus de 18% en un an.

Capgemini to expand in North America with $4B acquisition of iGate

French IT services company Capgemini is to acquire iGate in the U.S. for US$4.0 billion, in a bid to expand its presence in the North American market.

The deal will boost Capgemini's revenue from North America by 33 percent to $4 billion, making the region the first to account for 30 percent of its revenue.

VoLTE not the only mobile VoIP option

Mobile operators are transitioning to VoLTE, a technology that will incorporate voice over IP (VoIP) onto the mobile data channel. However, there are other alternatives for mobile VoIP blossom over the years, including mobile apps offered by “over the top” (OTT) VoIP providers (such as Vonage and Skype), landline VoIP carriers (such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable) and Internet portal providers including Google, Yahoo!, and others.

Dell ready to help enterprises move Jive content into Yammer

Proliferation tends to be a consequence any time a new technology trend takes off, and enterprise social networks are a prime example. Jive, Yammer and Salesforce Chatter are all among the competitors in this arena, and more than a few organizations are struggling under the weight of several of them.