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SMBs get their very own Salesforce app store

  • Users of Desk.com, Salesforce’s cloud-based customer service product for small and medium-size businesses, now have an app store designed just for them. Called Desk.com App Hub, the store offers 50 apps from Salesforce partner companies that handle functions including group chat, social monitoring, language translation and e-commerce analytics.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Unveils OpenTouch Suite for SMBs

  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has added to its unified communications portfolio with its OpenTouch Suite for SMB, targeting the small- and medium-sized business. New features include simplified SIP support, BYOD solutions, and a flexible cloud approach.

WebRTC close to tipping point as Cisco, Microsoft announce products

  • It was all the way back in the Spring of 2011 that Google released WebRTC, its nascent real-time, browser-based, HTML5-powered, no-plugin-required video chat project to the public. In the three and a half years since, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the W3C have been working together to try to formalize the standard, prepare the stable 1.0 release, and get it ready for prime time.

Teradata brings MapR Hadoop into the data warehouse

  • Enterprise data sets have gotten so voluminous that they can't fit into even the largest data warehouses anymore, many businesses find. Now, companies running these overstuffed data stores have an on-ramp to newfangled, big-data style processing through a combined effort between analytics systems supplier Teradata and Apache Hadoop distribution provider MapR.

Tizen: Samsung looking at developers

  • Taesoon Jun, Samsung's chief architect on Tizen, explained the benefits of the operating system last week during Samsung's developer conference in San Francisco.
    In February 2013, a group of heavy-hitting companies led by Samsung held a glitzy evening event in Barcelona -- complete with freshly shucked oysters and made-to-order crepes -- to mark the debut of the Tizen mobile operating system, co-developed by Samsung and Intel.

WebRTC hammers out compromise on video codec standards

Cloud is the new data center, and AWS is the best data center.

Does Skype for Web mean WebRTC is ready for prime time?

  • Microsoft's upcoming Skype for Web service will use the new WebRTC standard so it works in all modern browsers -- but not right away: early users will have to download a plugin that's only available on Mac and Windows. That's something Microsoft has already done for years in its Lync universal communications product.

Microsoft Rebrands Lync as Skype for Business

  • In a blog post last week, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Skype Gurdeep Pall revealed changes for Microsoft Lync with a new name, a new user interface, and new features. In his blog, Pall said, "In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release and updates to the service in Office 365."

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.

HP plugs the Vertica analytics engine into Hadoop

  • Bringing some enterprise rigor to the wild world of big data, Hewlett-Packard has issued a package that will allow organizations to harness HP's Vertica analytical database engine to investigate reams of unstructured data residing in Hadoop systems.

Cisco crashes the enterprise mobile party with new collaboration app

  • Cisco will package and deliver enterprise collaboration capabilities via a mobile and Web app built to replicate the ease of use of consumer software but designed for ad hoc, workplace team interaction.

    The app, called Project Squared, joins a growing number of "consumerized" enterprise mobile and Web apps built by startups and designed to put a spin on collaboration, messaging, productivity, video conferencing and communications.

Mobile transaction users to jump to 2 billion by 2017

  • Apple Pay could help boost mobile transactions in the next few years. The total number of users who plan to engage in mobile transactions will rise substantially in the next few years, according to a new report from Juniper Research.

    By the end of 2017, there will be 2 billion smartphone or tablet users engaging in some form of mobile commerce transaction, the research firm reported Monday. Juniper expects the total number of users worldwide to hit 1.6 billion at the end of 2014.

How Apple, Samsung, and BlackBerry are fighting to win the enterprise

  • Samsung Electronics' deal with BlackBerry and Apple's efforts to make it easier to configure and deploy massive numbers of iPhones highlight how the smartphone makers are battling for supremacy among enterprise users.

    As the smartphone market becomes saturated in the U.S. and Europe, enterprise users will be big winners. To continue to grow, manufacturers are courting CIOs more aggressively by making products more secure and easier to manage.

Intel to combine PC and mobile divisions as market shift

  • Intel will combine its PC and mobile processor divisions under one roof, reflecting a changing market in which the line between tablets and laptops has blurred.

    The chip maker will form a new division at the start of next year called the Client Computing Group, which will include the teams that develop its Core processors for desktops and laptops, as well as those that develop its Atom chips for smartphones and tablets.

BlackBerry bolsters its enterprise pitch

  • BlackBerry announced a renewed enterprise focus, including a partnership with Samsung that provides secure mobile software for certain Samsung Android smartphones and tablets.

    The software, to be available early next year, will bring together BlackBerry's new BES12 EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) software with Samsung smartphones and tablets that are embedded with Samsung's Knox security software. Models include the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4.

Amazon embraces Docker with new customer tool

  • The Docker container virtualization technology has proved to be such a hit with its users that Amazon Web Services has created a new management tool for handling large scale Docker deployments, though observers worry it could lock customers more tightly into the Amazon ecosystem. On Thursday, Amazon Web Services debuted the EC2 Container Service, now available as a preview, which provides a way for AWS users to easily deploy and manage up to hundreds of thousands of Docker containers.

PME européennes: un levier de croissance pour les éditeurs de solutions de virtualisation.

  • IDC entrevoit dans les PME européennes un levier de croissance pour les éditeurs de solutions de virtualisation.

    Les problématiques d’accès distant aux postes de travail nées de l’intégration des terminaux mobiles dans les entreprises vont contribuer, au cours des prochaines années, à l’essor des solutions de virtualisation, tout particulièrement en zone EMEA (Europe – Moyen-Orient – Afrique).

Microsoft goes open source, cross-platform with .NET developer tech

  • Microsoft is planning to open source the full server-side .NET core stack and to take that open-sourced .NET core to Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, alongside Windows. Microsoft officials announced the company's latest plans for .NET, a framework created by Microsoft that developers can use to build applications for Windows, on the opening day of the Connect(); developer-focused event on Wednesday.

France: la stratégie d'AXA dans le numérique.

  • La branche française du groupe d’assurance AXA multiplie les leviers d’acquisition et de fidélisation clients par le digital (via des apps mobiles). Le réseau de distribution physique suit. AXA s’est engagé dans le numérique depuis plusieurs années. Mais, en raison de son déploiement dispersé de services et d’applications, il est difficile d’avoir une vision claire sur le panorama offert par le groupe d’assurance.

Alcatel-Lucent virtualizes WANs and routers

  • Alcatel-Lucent’s Nuage Networks SDN venture has broadened its product line to tackle enterprise WANs, an increasingly vital market for the technology. Nuage’s Virtualized Networks Services (VNS) product is designed to help enterprises simplify the provisioning of secure network services to remote locations. It is intended to extend policy-driven network automation to branch locations to speed the deployment of new sites, and reduce operational expenditures.

HP and Nokia join forces to build cloud-based networks for operators

HP's cloud-based service protects BYOD mobile devices and PCs

  • Hewlett-Packard wants to make BYOD easier for small businesses through a new cloud-based service to manage and protect mobile devices and PCs.

    The company's Web-based Touchpoint Manager service, can remotely check the health of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. It can also issue alerts and remotely lock or wipe data from devices in case of theft.

Docker gets some competition with new Joyent, Canonical containers

  • Watch out, Docker! You're no longer the only container-based virtualization technology on the block -- spurred by the sudden success of Docker, platform services provider Joyent and Linux distributor Canonical have each open-sourced their container technologies.

    Joyent's collection of container technologies could be used as the basis for running large-scale, big-data analysis jobs.

Microsoft: Now you can create, edit on Office mobile apps for free

  • Microsoft's new Office mobile apps comes to the iPhone. When you're mobile, you likely want robust, free software that works with a lot of apps and that can be accessed anywhere. So far, Microsoft has failed to embrace those concepts -- but it's working to change that.

    The software giant on Thursday unveiled a handful of changes to its Office software on smartphones and tablets running Apple and Google's operating systems, refreshing its Word, PowerPoint and Excel apps to make them friendlier for the mobile age.

Containers, the next disruption in IT infrastructure according to Google.

Unify Launches Circuit, a new communications and collaboration platform

  • Unify has formally released Circuit, previously known as Project Ansible. Circuit provides voice, video, screen sharing, messaging, and file sharing from a single pane of glass, removing the need to switch between multiple applications. The platform also stores and manages information through associations and conversations.

IBM takes on enterprise cloud security

  • As organizations increasingly move their operations to the cloud, they need to remain vigilant against security breaches. IBM had this in mind as it prepared a new portfolio of services designed to help secure an enterprise's cloud operations with the same rigor that has come to be expected with in-house operations.

French startups are taking a more privacy centric approach file sharing

  • French startups such as Lima, Pydio and Infinit are taking a more privacy-centric approach to file sharing with offerings for consumers as well as organizations.

    The growing popularity of online storage and file sharing services such as Dropbox puts the technology on a collision course with CIOs, who want to remain in control of enterprise data, and raises increasing privacy concerns after revelations about U.S. government snooping on such services.

Cloud expected to make up three-fourths of data center traffic by 2018

  • Over the next four years, data center traffic is expected to nearly triple, largely thanks to a booming cloud computing industry.

    That’s according to Cisco’s fourth annual Global Cloud Index, which predicts that the cloud will account for 76 percent of total data center traffic by 2018. That’s up from the cloud's accounting for 54 percent of data center traffic last year.