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TPE France. En 2013, un recul de 0,5% de l'activité.

  • La 53e édition du Baromètre des TPE réalisé par l’Ifop pour la société Fiducial illustre la fragilité du tissu économique des TPE en France, au sortir d’une année 2013 marquée par une baisse globale d’activité et des destructions de postes.

Mirantis, IBM give businesses 75,000 reasons to adopt OpenStack

  • When Mirantis wanted to see how well OpenStack scaled when dealing with tens of thousands of VMs, it teamed up with IBM's SoftLayer to create some benchmarks. The results: Some 75,000 small VMs were deployed over approximately 8 hours, with VMs taking around 200 seconds on average to boot.

Open source challenges a proprietary Internet of things

  • The only limit to the Internet of things isn't imagination or technology. It's the vendors. Will your Whirlpool, Maytag, or GE washer be able to communicate with your Samsung TV or Apple iPhone, Sears oven, or any other device?

    Without interoperability, consumer devices, electronic appliances, and sensor-equipped wearables won't recognize each other and communicate. It will make scenarios, such as this one, difficult:

Microsoft sketches ambitious enhancements for Office 365

  • Microsoft didn't disappoint with the new and improved capabilities it announced and demonstrated for Office 365 this week, but how well they work in the real world remains to be seen.

    At its SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft laid out its vision for making Office 365 a more intelligent collaboration suite via new social interactions, APIs (application programming interfaces) and machine learning capabilities.

Anglo American rolls out Box to 10,000 employees worldwide

  • Mining giant Anglo American has rolled out Box's file-sharing and collaboration platform to 10,000 employees worldwide, suggesting that Box's attempts to attract more large enterprise customers by bolstering its security features are starting to pay dividend.

    Box has been ramping up the security of its software recently in a bid to convince businesses that their data is safe in the cloud, with the firm announcing yesterday that it has hired ex-Symantec CEO Enrique Salem as a special advisor to the company.

Google, Microsoft, Salesforce back OpenID Connect

  • After some four years of wrangling, the OpenID Foundation has finally given the thumbs-up to OpenID Connect, its protocol for both authenticating users and providing a distributed way to handle privacy and permissions.

    But a protocol by itself is a long way from being a full solution to the nasty hash of credentials, mechanisms, and standards that developers and administrators have to deal with whenever the word "security" enters the conversation.

Red Hat to take on Microsoft with .Net hosted service

  • Challenging Microsoft's Windows Azure on its own turf, Red Hat is ramping up services that would offer Microsoft .Net and SQL Server capabilities on its OpenShift PaaS (platform as a service).

    Code to enable the Microsoft services is being provided by Uhuru Software, a company started by a number of former Microsoft executives and engineers that specializes in rendering Microsoft software as cloud services.

SAP adds subscription pricing for Hana cloud services

IDC: PC sales won't stop dropping until 2018

  • IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker released a new set of PC sales projections through 2018, and all signs indicate the PC market will continue to tighten its belt.



Microsoft-backed F# language surges in popularity

  • The Microsoft-backed F# functional programming language is gaining traction, with the platform showing a meteoric year-over-year rise on the Tiobe Programming Community Index gauging language popularity.

    Ranked 69th on the index a year ago, F# has risen to the 12th spot in this month's rankings, with a 1.216 percent rating. As the index headline notes, "F# is on its way to the Top 10."

CloudBees cloud app development platform available on Verizon Cloud

  • The CloudBees enterprise platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering is now available on the new Verizon Cloud.

    Verizon Cloud was announced last October and is now in public beta. It includes an IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) platform, Verizon Cloud Compute; and an object-based storage service, Verizon Cloud Storage.

France: complémentarité entre smartphones, tablettes et ordinateurs personnels.

Why data-as-a-service has taken off so fast

  • With advantages so huge and services so singularly and smartly focused, cloud adoption is a no-brainer for most

    The primary drivers for moving data into private, public, or hybrid clouds are the efficiency and capabilities that clouds can bring. Enterprises have never seen such efficiencies and capabilities in traditional database technologies, including those from Oracle and IBM.

Suse does OpenStack with Suse Cloud 3

  • Like Linux before it, OpenStack is manifesting via different vendors, each a product of a different development philosophy and target market. Now, the creator of a major business-grade Linux -- not Red Hat, but Suse -- is revving its own edition of OpenStack.

    Dubbed Suse Cloud 3, this distribution of the Havana edition of OpenStack supports two of the big new features rolled out for OpenStack this time around: its orchestration (Heat) and telemetry (Ceilometer) components.

France: 10% d' utilisateurs 4G

  • L’étude d’, comparateur de forfaits mobiles, montre qu’un Français sur dix a adopté une offre 4G. La vitesse de navigation est le principal argument retenu. Les réfractaires évoquent des forfaits trop chers pour leur utilité.

Salezea: la base de données collaborative de décideurs BtoB lève 1,5 M€

  • Salezeo, le service français d’annuaire d’entreprises et de contacts qualifiés présent » comme « le réseau social des commerciaux », va mettre à profit son 1er tour de table (1,5 million d’euros levés auprès de Newfund) pour accélérer son développement en Europe.

    L’approche alternative de la prospection commerciale adoptée par Salezeo a séduit Newfund.

Alcatel-Lucent works with Red Hat to virtualize mobile networks

  • Alcatel-Lucent is betting big on operators wanting to virtualize their mobile networks using NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) technology, in order to become more nimble and less reliant on proprietary hardware.

    Virtualization has already changed how enterprises build and manage their IT infrastructure, and now mobile operators are looking at doing the same thing, and vendors are re-architecting their products. Purported advantages include lower costs and faster deployment of new services.

Office for tablets: Microsoft's Godot

  • Apple launched the iPad four years ago, igniting a tablet frenzy that altered personal computing at home and at work, but Microsoft has yet to release an Office version for touchscreen devices.

    Much is made about the absence of full, native versions of Office for iPads and Android tablets, but Microsoft hasn't even readied one yet for its own touch-optimized Windows 8 OS, released in October 2012, thus depriving its own Surface tablets of a great sales incentive.

Joyent offers Canonical-customized Ubuntu as a cloud service

  • Joyent wants to bring Linux into its fold of advanced computing cloud services, and has started offering an enterprise-supported version of the Canonical Ubuntu distribution that has been modified to take advantage of Joyent's infrastructure.

    "The two companies actually complement each other, from an engineering perspective," said Bryan Cantrill, Joyent senior vice president of engineering, speaking of Joyent and Canonical, which manages the Ubuntu distribution.

Smaller Businesses See Big Returns From Social Media

  • Small- and midsized businesses (SMBs) are routinely lauded for their big contribution to the U.S. economy. Now that social media has gained favor among these companies, their marketing efforts are adding social elements with increasing regularity and efficiency.

    A new study commissioned by LinkedIn reports that 81 percent of SMBs are currently using social media to drive business growth, and 94 percent are meeting marketing objectives through social media.

With WhatsApp, Facebook aims for immediacy

  • When's the last time you replied, promptly, to a message sent through Facebook? Aren't sure? Well Facebook, craving more real-time usage of its service, hopes to change that.

    On Wednesday Facebook said it was acquiring WhatsApp, a leading mobile messaging service used by people as an alternative to telecommunications carriers like AT&T and Verizon. Facebook said it was paying US$16 billion for the five-year-old buzzy upstart.

Microsoft relaunches Office Web Apps as Office Online

  • The online version of Microsoft Office has a new name, along with some new features intended to streamline certain activities.

    Why the name change? In a blog post on Wednesday, Office Online product marketing manager Amanda Lefebvre acknowledged that the name Office Web Apps confused users. Some apparently thought they had venture to an app store to find the software and then manually install it.

Ericsson to show off 450Mbps LTE mobile networking

  • Carrier aggregation can combine multiple channels from multiple base stations.

    Telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson will show a new variety of LTE mobile networking next week that can reach data rates of 450 megabits per second.

Samsung to debut Gear 2 smartwatch with Tizen

Mobile group: Expect 250M machine-to-machine network links in 2014

Microsoft pushes ahead with Skype-Lync integration

  • Microsoft will demonstrate how Lync and Skype users will be able to communicate via video conferencing, the next stage of the integration between its enterprise unified communications server and its consumer IM and IP telephony network. The new integration will be shown at the Lync Conference, in Las Vegas and will be attended by almost 2,000 customers and partners, according to Microsoft.

Europe: le marché des applications mobiles multiplié par quatre à l’horizon 2018

  • Bruxelles se réjouit après la publication d’un rapport promettant au marché européen des applications mobiles un chiffre d’affaires multiplié par quatre à l’horizon 2018 et près de 3 millions d’emplois créés.

    Vice-présidente de la Commission européenne chargée du volet numérique, Neelie Kroes affiche son optimisme après la publication d’une nouvelle étude sur le marché des applications mobiles.

Rakuten to buy Internet messaging app Viber for $900 million

  • Japan's Rakuten, the e-commerce giant, will acquire instant messaging and calling app developer Viber Media for US$900 million, highlighting its moves to penetrate new markets.

    Rakuten's purchase of the messaging and VoIP company follows its acquisitions of Canada's e-book platform Kobo, Spanish video service, and Viki, a digital content platform.

France: Microsoft et Sage renforcent leur collaboration sur le segment PME