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How big data is changing the database landscape for good

Mention the word "database," and most people think of the venerable RDBMS that has dominated the landscape for more than 30 years. That, however, may soon change.

A whole crop of new contenders are now vying for a piece of this key enterprise market, and while their approaches are diverse, most share one thing in common: a razor-sharp focus on big data.

2015 smartphone sales

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Smartphones hit second-highest quarter record

Global smartphone shipments reached their second highest level ever for a single quarter in the third quarter of 2015, IDC announced Wednesday.

Total shipments in the third quarter reached 355.2 million, up 6.8% from 332.6 million in the third quarter of 2014, IDC said.

Google boosts its enterprise chops with Apps for Work partnerships

Google Apps for Work continues to forge ahead, with the company revealing Tuesday today that 2 million businesses are now paying to use some part of its online productivity suite.

The service, which includes a business-specific version of Gmail and a version of Google Drive that lets employees work together, competes against established players like Microsoft as well as newcomers like Dropbox and Quip.

Cisco, Ericsson team up as industry consolidates

As Nokia closes its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Cisco this week announced a tight partnership to jointly address enterprise, service provider and Internet of Things opportunities.

All the bumps in the road to HP's split

Once one of Silicon Valley's most respected companies, HP officially split itself in two on Sunday, betting that the smaller parts will be nimbler and more able to reverse four years of declining sales.

Dropbox woos large businesses with new Enterprise offering

Large enterprises have a new Dropbox product tailored for them that the company unveiled at its user conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Oracle reworks OpenStack for a containerized world

It's been just over a year since Oracle first released an OpenStack version tailored for its namesake Linux distribution, and on Tuesday it followed up with a key update reworked specifically for today's containerized world.

Is the office desk phone obsolete?

It's found in every modern business, on every desk. It's powerful enough to connect even the most geographically distant workers, and yet, it strikes fear into the hearts of many millennial workers. It's the desk phone, and despite the prevalence of text messaging, collaboration apps and video conferencing, rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Samsung's second Tizen-powered smartphone goes on sale in India

Samsung unveiled its second phone powered by the company's own Tizen software, an alternative that so far hasn't made much headway against Google's more widely used Android.

The Samsung Z3 is due to go on sale in India on October 21 for 8,490 Indian rupees ($131), following the release of the Z1 in the country in January.

SAP unveils SaaS analytics platform

SAP is aiming to redefine analytics with a new SaaS (software as a service) offering that rolls up BI (business intelligence), planning, and predictive analytics into a single service built on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

"Really it's about simplifying access to a public cloud analytics experience that customers can trust," says Nic Smith, senior director of Marketing for Analytics at SAP.

Google for Work thriving by dumping the ‘enterprise’

Google Enterprise became Google for Work a year ago. The company opted for the name change because “enterprise is old business,” says Amit Singh, president of the division at Google. Singh reflected on Google for Work’s accomplishments since the rebranding in a blog post.

Dell's $67 Billion EMC Deal Dwarfs All Other Tech Tie-Ups

Dell and EMC made official what had been reported since last week: an acquisition for the ages. Now that we know the full details, we can take stock of just how big a transaction this is. The short version? Very, very big. In fact, it’s arguably the biggest in all of tech. Under the terms of the deal, EMC stockholders will receive approximately $33.15 per share, valuing the transaction at approximately $67 billion. While you may not be familiar with EMC, it’s one of the largest cloud services and storage companies in the world.

Box's future lies in developer tools

For a decade, Box has built its business on selling cloud storage services, but the company is now making a move in a slightly different direction.

Gartner’s top 10 emerging trends

The No. 1 problem, or trend, facing IT departments today is nonstop demand, according to Gartner. As more devices connect to the Internet, the need for more computing capability, storage and networking is increasing at a rapid rate.

Gartner: Top 10 strategic predictions that could shake up IT

The robots decidedly have it. They will help run businesses, make decisions for you and maybe even be your boss. Those were just some of the predictions put forth by Gartner vice president Daryl Plummer at the consultancy’s always interesting prediction of future IT technology directions.

Gartner’s list of all things future looks like this:

BlackBerry CEO may kill off BlackBerry phones

The end of the BlackBerry handset is nigh -- or at least it will be if the company can't get its phone business in the black before 2016 is out. BlackBerry CEO John Chen already said he'd think about giving up on handsets if the company's situation didn't improve. At Code Mobile on Thursday, Chen added a loose deadline for the end of BlackBerry phones.

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Dismal PC business contraction continues; no bounce yet from Windows 10


As expected, Windows 10 provided little if any bounce to PC shipments in the just-concluded September quarter, researchers at IDC and Gartner said.

Microsoft's New Devices Put Windows 10 on Any Screen

Last year, Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 3, a thin and lightweight hybrid tablet-like device that the company famously claimed “could replace your laptop.” A lot has changed since then: Windows 8.1 has been put out to pasture, Microsoft has anointed Windows 10 as the one OS to run on all of its devices, and everyone from Apple to HP to Lenovo has trotted out their own light and powerful “lapblets.”

Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 4 tablet as latest laptop killer

Microsoft has beefed up its Surface Pro tablet lineup to better compete with traditional laptops. The Surface Pro 4, unveiled Tuesday at Microsoft's Windows 10 event, has a 12.3-inch screen, only slightly larger than the 12-inch screen on the Surface Pro 3. The bezel is smaller, however, meaning there's more space for the screen itself. The screen, with a 2,736x1,824-pixel resolution, also sports 5 million pixels with 267 pixels per inch.

Microsoft's Surface Book Looks Like the Ultimate Hybrid PC


Along with a more-powerful version of its Surface Pro laptop/tablet hybrid, Microsoft unveiled a brand-new addition to the Surface lineup. Microsoft’s Panos Panay described it as the “ultimate laptop,” and the spec sheet, at least, seems to bear that out. It’s also the first time Microsoft has made a laptop on its own.

And spoiler alert: It also detaches from its keyboard to become a standalone Surface tablet.

2016: IT budgets to jump 2%, but still not enough, says Gartner

Budgets of IT departments have been flat to negative for the last five years despite the ever-increasing importance of technology for creating new products

IT budgets globally are due to grow by 2.2 percent in 2016, the largest jump in the last five years, according to Gartner's survey of nearly 3,000 CIOs globally. In the North America, the projection is 2.3 percent.

HP goes after Cisco, Arista with open source OS

HP is spearheading multivendor development of an open source network operating system for data centers in an effort to address scale, dynamic operation, and vendor independence.

3 key ways Hadoop is evolving

The Strata+Hadoop World 2015 conference in New York this week was subtitled "Make Data Work," but given how Hadoop world's has evolved over the past year (even over the past six months) another apt subtitle might have been "See Hadoop Change."

Here are three of the most significant recent trends in Hadoop, as reflected by the show's roster of breakout sessions, vendors, and technologies.

Spark is leading Hadoop

Microsoft stays in the on-premises email server game with launch of Exchange 2016

Microsoft has been aggressively pushing its cloud services for applications such as email, but it also remains committed to selling software that customers run in their own data centers. That's why, on Thursday morning, the company released Exchange Server 2016.

Microsoft reshuffles into 3 businesses for financial reporting

Microsoft today changed how it will report its financial performance, reducing the number of operating divisions to three, in an effort to align with CEO Satya Nadella's emphasis on the cloud and productivity platforms, and opportunities to reap revenue from customers after they've moved to Windows 10.

The three operating segments -- Intelligent Cloud, Productivity and Business Processes and More Personal Computing -- replace six earlier divisions, which were roughly organized on a consumer versus commercial basis.

IBM brings Bluemix behind the firewall for sensitive workloads

IBM’s Bluemix development platform is already available in public and hosted private cloud versions. On Thursday, the company announced a third option for customers that need to build apps behind a firewall.

IBM-Box enterprise deal yields new content tools


IBM and Box have started to deliver on a partnership they announced in June to help enterprises users share content and collaborate.

The companies want to combine IBM's back-end smarts with Box's user experience in new tools for both local and cloud data. The ultimate aim is to help usher enterprises into the cloud era of content management.

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.