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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.

France: Skype déclaré "Opérateur" par l'ARCEP?

Un discret amendement intégré dans le projet de loi Macron renforce les prérogatives attribuées à l’ARCEP pour déterminer qui est opérateur. Allo Skype ? En France, Skype va-t-il bientôt prendre la casquette d’opérateur…contre sa volonté ?

Apache Tajo brings data warehousing to Hadoop

Organizations that want to extract more intelligence from their Hadoop deployments might find help from the relatively little known Tajo open source data warehouse software, which the Apache Software Foundation has pronounced as ready for commercial use.

Why workers want self-service IT

The pendulum is in full swing toward employees empowered to make tech choices at work and away from traditional IT departments. A new survey found that workers are seeking self-service IT, driven in large part by cool consumer tech, "freemium" cloud services and an autocratic IT department whose slow, conservative ways aren't able to keep up with the urgent demand of business technology.

IBM teams with BlackBerry and Samsung to offer governments a secure Android tablet

IBM is entering the tablet market -- sort of. The company plans to sell a modified Samsung Android tablet this summer with extra security capabilities, aimed at government users.

Microsoft customizes Azure for the Internet of things

Microsoft wants to help organizations set up and run Internet of things (IoT)-styled distributed systems, by providing a set of integrated Microsoft's Azure cloud services designed to cut deployment times and management hassles.

The Azure IoT Suite would be particularly useful for three types of workloads:

Social, messaging apps struggle with decision to 'bundle' or 'unbundle'

Some popular social media apps 'unbundle' features left and right, while other services stick to all-encompassing apps with a variety of functionality. Each strategy has its pros and cons, and each makes sense for different types — and different sizes — of companies.

To "bundle" or not to bundle, that is the challenge social media and messaging services wrestle with these days. (Or at least one of the challenges.) The answer is not a simple one because trends change, and what works today may not work as well tomorrow.

Microsoft partners with AT&T, Deutsche Telekom for SMB Office

At Mobile World Congress 2015, Microsoft announced deals with AT&T and Deutsche Telekom to bring a full suite of Office apps to SMBs using iOS and Android, in addition to Windows Phone 10.

Google offers low-cost, cloud-based backup service

Google has unveiled a new backup storage service designed to provide enterprises and startups with a low-cost way of storing and archiving large amounts of information. The Google Cloud Storage Nearline offers enterprises an alternative to running in-house storage systems, or startups with mobile apps a way to store user data.

Les Trophées Big Data 2015.

A l’occasion du congrès Big Data Paris 2015 qui se tient ces 10 et 11 mars au CNIT Paris La Défense ont été remis les Trophées de l’Innovation  Big Data, soutenus par Atos. Ces trophées ont pour objectif de valoriser les projets innovants dans le domaine du big data , d’un point de vue technologique et orienté « usages ».

Cegid poursuit son incursion dans le cloud.

Entre solutions transversales (finances, RH…) et métiers (retail, hôtel, manufacturing…), l’éditeur lyonnais de logiciels de pilotage pour les entreprises s’adapte à la nouvelle donne du cloud.

Cegid a 30 ans en 2013 et se porte bien. L’éditeur lyonnais de logiciels de gestion pour les entreprises et les métiers poursuit son incursion dans le cloud.

Avaya Upgrades Video Platform with Team Engagement Solutions

Avaya has announced enhancements to its video collaboration platforms as part of its new “Team Engagement Solutions.”

Additions and enhancements to Avaya’s portfolio include:

HP embraces open hardware designs with Cloudline servers

Hewlett-Packard is following in the footsteps of Facebook and Microsoft in embracing open hardware designs with its new low-cost Cloudline servers.

Cloudline servers are no-frills cloud servers that break away from proprietary technology HP uses in its popular Proliant servers. The servers are HP's first based on industry standard specifications defined by the Open Compute Project, which was founded by Facebook in 2012, and Open Networking Foundation, which was formed in 2011.

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.

Google brings app messaging to its cloud

Closing a gap with other enterprise cloud providers, Google has created a service to facilitate communications across applications that customers build on the company's cloud platform.

The Google Cloud Pub/Sub service, made available as an open beta on Wednesday, is designed for exchanging messages across different Google cloud services and internal systems in great volume and with minimal delay.

Internet of the Things. Where does Data go?

The Internet of Things means different things to different people:

Alibaba enters U.S. cloud market, signaling global ambitions

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is making a push into the U.S. cloud computing market, where it's expected to run into competition from Amazon.com, Google and Microsoft.

Alibaba subsidiary Aliyun is already the biggest cloud player in its home market, and on Wednesday, it opened a data center in California, its first data center outside of China.

2014 Smartphone sales.

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Orange incorpore Microsoft Lync à ses offres cloud

La nouvelle solution de communications unifiées dans le cloud Business Together as a Service Microsoft d’Orange Business Services (OBS) intègre les composantes de la plate-forme Lync de Microsoft. Orange Business Services (OBS) profite des TechDays 2015 pour annoncer un nouveau partenariat avec Microsoft.

Android for work to boost the use of Google mobile operating system in the workplace.

Google has unveiled a new set of applications, online services, and industry partnerships designed to promote the use of its Android mobile operating system in the workplace.

Jive beefs up company and community communications apps

Jive Software has announced updated releases for both internally and externally communication.

A new version of the company's Jive-n software for internal communications aims to help organisations improve both companywide and group communications.

IBM to pump $4 billion into cloud, mobile, and analytics

IBM will dedicate $4 billion in spending this year to the cloud, analytics, and mobile technologies, as it struggles with seismic shifts that are changing the computing landscape it once dominated,

In return, by 2018 IBM expects to reap a combined $40 billion in annual revenue from the areas in which it's investing, which also include social and security, the company said at an annual meeting on Thursday.

Mozilla plans Firefox OS for wearables, targets Apple, Google

Mozilla is planning a version of the Firefox OS for wearables, and one of the top priorities is to break down barriers among smartwatches, smart glasses and other body-hugging devices based on Apple's and Google's operating systems.

Firefox OS comes to Africa with Orange's $40 package deal

The Orange Klif is Firefox OS phone that the French carrier will sell in 13 African and Middle Eastern countries starting in the second quarter of 2015. The price of up to $40 includes six months of voice, text, and data service.

Smartphone World to Get Two New Operating Systems in 2013

Smartphones running Mozilla Firefox and Jolla Sailfish will launch separately in 2013 amid a crowded smartphone market.
Their impact will be small but important initially, as the smartphone community seeks alternatives to the frontrunner mobile operating systems, Apple's iOS and Android, analysts said.

Alcatel's tech binds Wi-Fi, LTE together for crazy high speeds

Wi-Fi and LTE. The two wireless technologies haven't always gotten along with each other. Wi-Fi has an open architecture using unlicensed spectrum, so just about anyone can set up a hotspot with limited range. LTE has its roots in cellular technology, which means closed networks, run by the major telecom carriers, that span the country.

HP buys Aruba to bolster its wireless networking business

Hewlett-Packard will purchase Aruba Networks to boost its wireless networking business, the companies announced Monday.

HP will offer $24.67 per share, giving Aruba a $3 billion value. The deal is worth $2.7 billion taking into account Aruba's debt and cash.

By buying Aruba, HP will be able to help businesses beef up their wireless networks to meet the demands of an increasingly mobile workforce, the companies said.

What's a consumer Office 365 subscription worth to Microsoft?

As Microsoft has added more consumer subscribers to the rolls of Office 365, the amount of revenue per subscriber has fallen, according to estimates based on the limited information the company releases.

The downward trend in revenue-per-subscriber hints at a significant shift to the less expensive rent-not-own plans available to consumers, such as Office 365 Personal, a $69.99 annual deal that provides one Office license for a personal computer and one license for a tablet.

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.

Digium Launches “Respoke” Platform as a Service

Digium announced the official launch of “Respoke” on their blog today, offering a cloud platform designed to enable communications for web and mobile applications. Respoke provides an API so developers can add live voice, video, messaging, and data services as to other applications; the platform is intended to allow communications feature development in a matter of days.

IBM brings BlueMix platform services in-house

The hybrid cloud will be the focus of this year's IBM Interconnect cloud computing conference, as the company rolls out new offerings designed to help enterprises extend their in-house operations.

"There is no one single cloud. Our clients have clouds. We have a cloud. Clients want to connect with other clouds," said Angel Diaz, IBM vice president of cloud performance. "If clients want to get the most from the cloud, they have to link to their existing investments."

Orange, résultats 2014.

Malgré une hausse de sa base clientèle sur les offres fixes et mobiles, Orange affiche des résultats en baisse sur l’année 2014.

La hausse du nombre d’abonnés fixes et mobiles en France comme à l’international n’aura pas suffi à compenser le recul du chiffre d’affaires d’Orange : 39,45 milliards d’euros en 2014, c’est 2,5 % de moins que l’année précédente.

Crowdfunding en France. 150M€ en 2014.

Compinnov estime que le financement participatif a drainé, tous canaux confondus, plus de 150 millions d’euros en France sur l’année 2014.

Avec plus de 20 000 projets mis en ligne et 152 millions d’euros collectés via les principales plates-formes agréées, le crowdfunding a pris une nouvelle dimension en France sur l’année 2014.

IBM puts software and cloud at the center of storage

The future of storage may not be in storage itself, but in the intelligence to manage it.

Major storage vendors and startups alike are now pushing software-defined systems spanning anything from a set of arrays to a whole enterprise. On Tuesday, IBM placed a big bet on this trend, announcing the first product in a portfolio called IBM Spectrum Storage and saying it will invest $1 billion in storage software over the next five years.

Pivotal goes all-in with open source in Big Data Suite

Bowing to customer pressure, enterprise software and services vendor Pivotal will release as open source the remainder of its software suite for analyzing data.

"Our customers want to be involved in our road map, because they know that is the only way they can differentiate themselves from their competitors," said Sundeep Madra, Pivotal vice president of products. He was referring to how enterprises are taking an increasingly active hand in developing the software they use.

Microsoft launches machine learning as an Azure service

Microsoft has expanded the data-analysis offerings on its Azure cloud, offering a machine learning service to help organizations derive more insight from mountains of unstructured data.

The new service is designed to reduce the amount of work needed to deploy machine learning.

"Our focus has been simplicity, simplicity, simplicity," said T. K. "Ranga" Rengarajan, Microsoft's vice president of engineering for data platform, cloud and enterprise.

France. Fibre optique en progression de 25% en 2014.

Selon les derniers chiffres de l’IDATE, le nombre d’abonnés à la fibre optique en France a progressé de 25%, faisant ainsi entrer l’Hexagone dans le trio de tête en la matière en Europe.

HP courts enterprise workloads with new Helion private cloud

How much cloud computing does your enterprise application need? Hewlett-Packard has some of the guesswork out of cloud procurement by adding seven new preconfigured options to its Helion set of cloud services. The Helion VPC (virtual private cloud) offerings are tailored to meet a range of computing requirements, from lighter workloads such as software development to more demanding jobs such as running complex ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications.

Panasonic targets SMBs with Hybrid UC Platform

Panasonic has introduced the KX-NS700, a compact hybrid communications platform optimized for the SMB market. Its features are based on the KX-NS1000 IP Communications Server. Supporting up to 288 extensions with optional expansion units, the unit is designed to help businesses transition to IP in an increasingly mobile and evolving business environment.

France. Les smartphones gagnent du terrain dans les PME

Mobilité : les smartphones gagnent du terrain dans les PME
Le dernier baromètre de Futur (groupe SFR-Numericable) illustre la montée en puissance des smartphones dans les PME françaises, aux dépens des solutions dédiées.