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Ericsson predicts tenfold increase in mobile data traffic in five years

Oracle focuses on prepping databases as a service

  • As it preps Oracle Enterprise Manager to run private clouds, Oracle has released an update to the management software that offers the ability for organizations to offer production-ready databases as a service.

Siemens' Unify to cut staff in half

  • Unify, a joint venture between Siemens and the Gores Group, will cut 50 percent of its staff and refocus its product roster away from hardware, following a shift in the overall unified communications market toward software and cloud services.

    The company, which is announced the massive restructuring on Monday, and said it would also boost its channel strategy to work better with reseller partners.

IDC: Cloud, software options deflate sales of enterprise video systems

  • Sales of video conferencing and telepresence hardware systems are declining, hurt by an increase in cloud and software-based options that often are cheaper and simpler to deploy, according to an IDC study.

    In 2014's first quarter, video conferencing equipment revenue shrank 16 percent worldwide year over year to $473.5 million, while units sold fell 6.2 percent.

Software Containers: Used More Frequently than Most Realize

  • Whether you have considered trying to secure an application by putting it into a “sandbox” or wondered how a Software as a Service (SaaS) provider keeps your application and data isolated from other customers, you have been contemplating software containers.  Containers are an increasingly popular method of separating an application from the operating system and the physical infrastructure it uses to connect to the network.  The container is instan

Microsoft to link Office, Windows, and Azure with's CRM

  • Microsoft and have become corporate buddies, pledging to integrate their flagship products in what they're calling a "global, strategic partnership." The agreement calls for's CRM software to be integrated with Microsoft's Windows OS, Azure cloud computing platform, and Office suite, the companies said today.

IBM customizes cloud services for the enterprise

  • Hoping to jump out in front of providers of generic cloud services, IBM has launched a portfolio of cloud packages, called IBM Cloud Business Solutions, designed to run specific business processes such as asset management and customer care.

    Each service is composed of a mixture of IBM consulting services, software, analysis tools, support and cloud infrastructure, and is tuned and customized to meet specific uses.

France. Les TPE, un levier primordial pour développer le business cloud computing.

  • La dernière étude de Markess décrit des prestataires d’offres cloud soucieux de verticaliser leur stratégie et de développer leur canal de distribution ciblant les petites entreprises. Les prestataires IT ont fait des TPE un levier primordial pour soutenir leur activité cloud computing d’ici la fin de l’année 2014.

Lifesize Launches New SaaS Video HD Video Conferencing Service

Twitter users to grow 24.4 percent in 2014, US still largest market

  • Twitter users are expected to grow 24.4 percent in 2014 to over 227 million with double-digit growth forecast to continue through 2018 when the number of users will be nearly 400 million, according to a report.

    The US will continue to be the country with the largest number of individual Twitter users through 2018, eMarketer said on Tuesday. But its share of users, currently at 20 percent, will drop over the years and give Twitter the opportunity to grow its advertising revenue from outside the U.S.

Atos veut se rapprocher de Bull pour renforcer son influence en Europe.

Google Cloud previews Docker-based virtual machines

  • Google is throwing its weight behind containers, an increasingly popular virtualization technology that can ease the process of spinning up applications in the cloud.

    Google previewed a virtual machine for its Google Cloud service based on a popular open-source container technology called Docker. Docker provides a container for an application and its supporting libraries and programs, so that the application can be moved easily from server to server.

Alcatel-Lucent et Thales partenaires dans la cyber-sécurité

Couchbase brings NoSQL power to mobile apps

  • Couchbase, makers of NoSQL key-value and document database products, is delivering a new mobile-centric line of products designed to make it easier for app developers to synchronize data between devices and back-end data stores.

The ABCs of the Internet of Things

  • What is the Internet of Things?

    There is no agreed-upon definition, but there is a test for determining whether something is part of the IoT: Does one vendor's product work with another's? Does a door lock by one vendor communicate with a light switch by another vendor, and do you want the thermostat to be part of the conversation?

Thai government picks Office 365 for 8 million students

  • About 8 million students and 400,000 teachers in Thailand will be given access to Office 365, the biggest deployment yet for Microsoft's cloud apps suite in the education sector.

    The Thai education commission has signed a five-year agreement with Microsoft to provide Office 365 free to students and teachers in the agency's jurisdiction.

    Wednesday's announcement doesn't say which edition of Office 365 will be used.

BlackBerry to take on IoT headaches with Project Ion

Vodafone revenue stays flat as European troubles come to the fore

Cisco launches all-in-one desktop comms devices to declutter desks

  • US networking giant Cisco today announced it is launching two new Android-based desktop communication devices in a bid to declutter employee desks.

    The 23-inch DX80 and 14-inch DX70 touchscreen devices are designed to free up space on a worker’s desk by removing the need for employees to have telephones, webcams and other communications technology in front of them.  

IDC cuts IT spending forecast on mobile slump, emerging market uncertainty

  • A slowdown in the growth rate for tablet and mobile phone sales and economic uncertainty in emerging markets are putting a damper on global IT spending, according to IDC.

    Worldwide IT spending will increase 4.1 percent in constant currency this year, to $3.7 trillion IDC said Friday. That's down from last year's 4.5 percent growth and from IDC's prior forecast of 4.6 percent growth.

Red Hat brings OpenShift closer to the enterprise

  • Red Hat continues to enhance its software portfolio for helping organizations run and manage cloud services in their own data centers, adding more features to its OpenShift Enterprise software package to accommodate enterprise requirements such as policy orchestration and multiregion availability.

France: Strato renouvelle son approche de création de sites Web pour TPE/PME.

  • A partir du système CM4all Sites 2.0, l’Allemand Strato a remis à plat son offre de création de sites Web (fonctions et tarifs). L’offre est déclinée sur le marché français. Strato, fournisseur de services Internet (hébergement, noms de domaines, pack c-commerce…) et filiale de Deutsche Telekom, renouvelle son approche de création de sites Web. L’offre est revue avec la renaissance de ses activités en France.

SFR Business Team: communication-collaboration, services cloud (M2M, IoT).

An Internet of Things prediction for 2025 -- with caveats

IBM extends e-commerce into cloud with ExperienceOne suite

  • IBM has broadened its e-commerce offerings with a new range of digital marketing and customer analytics that can be provided through on premises software or via a cloud service that customers appear increasingly open to adopting.

New PostgreSQL guns for NoSQL market

  • Embracing the widely used JSON data-exchange format, the new version of the PostgreSQL open-source database takes aim at the growing NoSQL market of nonrelational data stores, notably the popular MongoDB.

    The first beta version of PostgreSQL 9.4, released Thursday, includes a number of new features that address the rapidly growing market for Web applications, many of which require fast storage and retrieval of large amounts of user data.

Gartner Tells IT Executives How to Enable Enterprise Collaboration

  • Collaboration is the essence of teamwork and probably the most important reason businesses build teams in the first place. Ironically, however, many companies struggle to embrace and enable collaboration among today's digital workforce?

    Analysts, CIOs and other IT executives at Gartner's Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit last week discussed why businesses are failing to meet this challenge and offered advice on how to develop a more enriched digital workforce.

How Gamification Drives Business Objectives

  • As more businesses add gamification to their repertoire of tools, the misconception remains that awarding points or badges for existing activities should do the trick. After all, who doesn't like more points and badges?

Messaging app WeChat snags 396M active users

  • China-based Internet company Tencent revealed in its financials that its WeChat messaging app ended the first quarter of 2014 with 396 million monthly active users. WeChat ended 2013 with 355 million monthly active users. It's worth noting, however, the messaging app goes by the name Weixin in China. Tencent's figures for the first quarter, which ended March 31, include both WeChat and Weixin monthly active users.

Bpifrance soutient le développement du crowdfunding

  • Avec le concours d’opérateurs comme WiSEED, la banque publique d’investissement soutient le développement du crowdfunding comme un maillon fort dans la chaîne de financement des start-up et des PME innovantes.