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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.

Facebook's Messenger adds video chat

Video chat has become great way for people to communicate with friends and family, especially across international borders. Facebook now wants a piece of that action.

Facebook users can soon use the social network's Messenger app to talk face-to-face over Wi-Fi or cellular networks, simply by tapping on a video camera icon at the top. The service will work between Apple devices and those powered by Google's Android software.

2015 PC Sales

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Marché PC: recul de de 7,7 % en volume en Europe en Q1-2015.

IDC constate que la hausse du dollar, traduite par une augmentation des prix sur le marché du PC en Europe, a entraîné une baisse des ventes au 1er trimestre.

Le cycle de renouvellement des parcs informatiques enclenché par la fin de vie de Windows XP arrive à son terme.

US mobile ad revenue spikes.

Seeing more ads on your phone? Mobile advertising surged 76 percent in 2014.  Internet advertising revenue climbed 16 percent to $49.5 billion in 2014, as a spike in sales for mobile spots pushed it above banner ads for the first time, according to a study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

"Marketers clearly recognize that consumers are leading mobile-first lives," IAB chief Randall Rothenberg said in the report, published Wednesday.

Amazon reveals that its AWS cloud service is a $5 billion business

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been one of the industry's big spenders as he strives to make the company all things to all people, fashioning Amazon as a grocery store, entertainment producer and device maker. The company on Thursday reported results for the first three months of 2015 that show Bezos' earliest spending effort -- a business that rents data storage and computing services over the cloud -- is paying for itself.

Alcatel-Lucent Launches New Rapport Software Platform for Enterprise, Service Providers

Alcatel-Lucent has launched a new software platform designed to cut the cost and complexity of embedding and integrating voice, video, and messaging services into any application.Rapport” is intended to enable the communications network as a platform that offers “contextual communications” where services such as voice, chat, video conferencing and sharing become functions available to any application, website or connected object.

France: la timidité des PME vis à vis du Cloud.

L’Insee constate que l’adoption du cloud dans les PME françaises est en retrait par rapport à la moyenne européenne. Quels sont les obstacles perçus ?

En dépit des efforts consentis par les fournisseurs pour agrémenter leurs offres et les rendre plus « transparentes », les PME françaises hésitent encore à franchir le pas vers le cloud.

Peugeot to analyse its driver's data to create new services with IBM

Peugeot Citroën is planning on analyzing its driver's data to help other industries like retailers, smart cities and car dealerships create better services.

The carmaker, which claims to have the largest number of connected cars on the road, will work with IBM to create new business opportunities in the automotive distribution, smarter city and retail space.

VMware bestows new container powers upon vSphere/vCloud

With the unveiling of a pair of open source projects -- Project Photon and Project Lightwave -- VMware is expanding the range of its offerings for enterprises dealing with containerized apps.

Vonage CEO Speaks Out on SMB UCaaS Trends

Vonage has recently acquired Simple Signal, a service provider offering Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) for small and medium businesses (SMBs). Simple Signal uses the same BroadSoft BroadWorks platform used by Telesphere, another UcaaS company that Vonage acquired about late last.

Nokia et Alcatel-Lucent: l'idée d'un rapprochement en discussion?

Nokia mènerait, en interne, des discussions remettant sur la table l’idée d’un rapprochement avec le Franco-Américain Alcatel-Lucent. Voici quelques années que les bruits de couloir circulent autour d’un éventuel rapprochement des deux équipementiers télécoms Nokia et Alcatel-Lucent. S’il est encore trop tôt pour envisager cette issue, la situation et les orientations stratégiques des deux groupes rendent l’hypothèse d’autant plus plausible à moyen terme.

Slack, Silicon Valley's hottest startup

Slack has a very simple concept that resonates with many: IRC for the enterprise, with hooks between the chat app and just about any external service you can imagine. We already knew it was hot.

Now, thanks to momentum numbers released today -- Slack's first anniversary -- we know just how hot.

Microsoft to Invest in Android Startup Cyanogen

According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is investing $70 million in Cyanogen, the startup behind Cyanogen Mod, an increasingly popular—and very open—incarnation of Google’s mobile operating system. The investment would make Microsoft a minority investor in a round of funding that puts Cyanogen’s value in the high hundreds of millions, the WSJ says.

Who’s behind Linux now, and should you be afraid?

 

 

If you think that Linux is still the "rebel code"-- the anti-establishment, software-just-wants-to-be-free operating system developed by independent programmers working on their own time -- then it's time to think again.

WebRTC: Off and Running

Webtorials has just completed the data collection phase for the 2015 WebRTC State-of-the-Market report, and we have found that IT managers are notably more familiar with WebRTC this year than last. 

Turing manuscript sells for $1 million

 

A 56-page notebook manuscript by Alan Turing, the English mathematician considered to be the father of modern computer science, was sold at auction Monday for US$1.025 million.

The manuscript is almost certainly the most extensive by Turing, in his own hand, in existence, experts at Bonhams auction house said. Turing apparently wrote in the notebook in 1942 when he was working in Bletchley Park, England, trying to break German military code.

France: la facture électronique bientôt imposée aux fournisseurs de l’Etat

D’ici 2020, l’ensemble des factures adressées à l’Etat par ses fournisseurs (PME, grandes entreprises, établissements publics) devront être dématérialisées. Différents paliers de mise aux normes sont prévus.

Apple partners with IBM on new health data analysis

Apple is part of a collective formed by IBM to develop new technology that will help health care companies analyze patient data collected from millions of wearable Apple devices.

Google France a dix ans : opérations séduction auprès des start-up, des PME et des associations.

La branche française de Google lance sa première campagne institutionnelle et accentue des initiatives pro-numériques pour les entreprises et les associations.

Cela fait dix ans que Google est installé en France.

« Comme moi, la société a dû apprendre pour trouver sa place en France », déclare Nick Leeder, Directeur général de Google France (le manager d’origine australienne est en fonction depuis deux ans).

2015 smartphone sales

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Xiaomi sells over 2 million phones in 12-hour online sale

Xiaomi recorded impressive sales growth during a 12-hour online sale Wednesday, another sign that the smartphone upstart may be a worthy challenger to leading handset makers.

Some teens may indeed be anti-Facebook

Facebook's popularity might be on the decline among some teenagers, the company signaled Wednesday.

For younger teenagers, Facebook has seen a decline in the number of daily users, the company reported during its third-quarter earnings call. Overall, usage among U.S. teens was stable between the second and third quarters, but the decrease in daily usage for some was noted early in the prepared remarks of Facebook's chief financial officer, David Ebersman.

Global IT spending shrinks as dollar strengthens

A rapidly rising U.S. dollar has created a "currency shock," prompting Gartner to decrease its global IT spending forecast. The research firm now expects worldwide IT spending to decrease to $3.66 trillion in 2015, a 1.3 percent dip from last year.

The strength of the dollar against some other currencies, such as the Euro, will affect IT buying. What 1,000 Euros bought in hardware last year, might not be enough for the same hardware this year, and that hurts demand.

Amazon targets network file storage in the cloud at enterprises

Amazon Web Services continues to chip away at the enterprise storage market, with plans for a new service designed to be a nimbler alternative to network attached storage (NAS) appliances.

Facebook's future could include app consolidation

Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg has been on a mission to unbundle the company's many services and expand far beyond the single application that transformed it into the largest media platform that's ever existed. Zuckerberg says the changes represent an evolution in Facebook's approach to how it connects people around the world.

Microsoft closes acquisition of R software and services provider

Microsoft today closed its acquisition of Revolution Analytics, a commercial provider of software and services for the R programming language, making it a wholly owned subsidiary.

"R is the world's most popular programming language for statistical computing and predictive analytics, used by more than 2 million people worldwide," says Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of Information Management & Machine Learning at Microsoft.

Deloitte, Tendances IT 2015 : les entreprises au carrefour du numérique

Deloitte estime que la stratégie des entreprises, portée par la transformation numérique, va évoluer dans une logique de fusion du business et de l’IT.

Tata Communications seeing significant demand growth for hosted UC services

 

Anthony Bartolo, the President of Mobility and Collaboration at Tata Communications, has been recently interviewed for getting his perspective on the latest trends. Tata Communications targets the top 2500 multinational corporations and also provides global white label services for other carriers to target the mid-tier and small business market segments. Tata Communications is also a global carrier partner helping Microsoft deliver its Skype for Business services.

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.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise offers new mobility, video features- and some new phones

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise recently announced enhancements to its OpenTouch Suite designed to help a broader group of businesses adopt unified communications.

France. Les TPE/PME utilisent de manière disparate les outils numériques disponibles.

Linkeo constate que les dirigeants des TPE-PME françaises s’approprient les outils numériques à leur disposition, mais les exploitent de manière disparate. Quand bien même ils en ont cerné le potentiel en matière de valorisation et de développement commercial, les dirigeants des TPE-PME françaises ont encore un usage relativement disparate des nombreux outils numériques à leur disposition.

Facebook new video app gives you a new way to Riff with friends

Video sharing has become the newest battleground in the social network wars. Facebook new tool lets your friends add to the videos you create.

That's the gist of Facebook's newest app, called Riff, which encourages people to upload videos, tag them with a topic and then invite friends to respond and add content. People can create any topic they want from "#shakeitoff" to "game face."