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Microsoft adds MDM capabilities to Office 365

Microsoft today announced the general availability of mobile device management (MDM) capabilities for Office 365, which is designed to give administrators the built-in capability to manage access to data in the cloud-based productivity suite across iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. The MDM features are available at no additional cost in all Office 365 commercial plans, according to Microsoft.

OVH révise la grille tarifaire liée à son service de stockage en ligne hubiC

Le timing est idéal pour OVH : souvent présentée comme le principal concurrent français d’Amazon, Google, Microsoft et consorts sur les offres cloud grand public, la société de services IT révise la grille tarifaire liée à son service de stockage en ligne hubiC… à l’heure où celui-ci franchit le seuil symbolique des 500 000 comptes ouverts.

Google Dart crashes into top 20 programming languages

Billed as a JavaScript rival, Dart has faced an uphill climb in its bid to attract developers. But this month's Tiobe Index of language popularity has Dart finally cracking its top 20 list, ranking 17th with a rating of 1.119 percent, slightly behind Ruby but ahead of Microsoft's F# language and Apple's new Swift language. The index gauges language popularity through a formula that assesses searches on sites like Google, Yahoo, and YouTube.

IBM to invest $3B in building Internet of Things business

IBM on Tuesday said that it will create a new Internet of Things unit and invest $3 billion over four years to build it out. The move formalizes IBM's existing Internet of Things efforts. IBM's smarter-planet and smarter-cities businesses are connected to the Internet of Things trend. The rough idea behind the Internet of Things is that sensors will be embedded in everything and networked to create data. This flow of data could improve operations.

Crowdfunding et prêt aux PME : Lendix lève 3,2 millions d’euros

Spécialisé dans le crowdfunding appliqué aux TPE/PME sur le modèle du prêt, Lendix lève 3,2 millions d’euros pour son 2e tour de table institutionnel.

Trois millions d’euros injectés au mois de janvier par Truffle Capital dans, huit millions obtenus à la mi-mars par Unilend avec Ventech et 360 Capital Partners en tête de gondole : les acteurs traditionnels du capital-investissement mettent leurs billes dans les plates-formes de financement participatif.

Snapchat: 71% of US users between 18 and 34.

BlackBerry posts quarterly profit

The struggling smartphone manufacturer posted a surprise profit on Friday for the second quarter in a row, eking out gains thanks to a massive cost-cutting effort and an adjustment to the value of its investment in a broad patent portfolio.

For its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended February 28, BlackBerry posted earnings excluding certain items of 4 cents a share, compared with Wall Street's forecast of a loss of 4 cents a share. BlackBerry shares rose 3.2 percent to $9.60 in premarket trading Friday.

Database pioneer Stonebraker rocks $1M “Nobel Prize in Computing”

Michael Stonebraker, whose database software breakthroughs helped to tame information overload long before we referred to it as big data, is the recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award, a.k.a. the “Nobel Prize in Computing.”


Microsoft et Fiducial insèrent la tablette Surface dans un pack TPE-PME

Mobilité, cloud (Office 365) et tablette (Surface Pro 3). Tels sont les piliers d’une nouvelle offre packagée par Fiducial Informatique. Microsoft élargit ainsi ses canaux de distribution BtoB.

Facebook pushes Messenger as future of business communication

Facebook is positioning its Messenger app as a way to improve communications between online businesses and their customers.

Amazon fluffs up its cloud services for consumers

Amazon is bolstering its cloud-storage services to consumers, on Thursday rolling out two new unlimited packages that let users stow away either just photos or every kind of file.

Workplace-as-a-Service from Sprint

Sprint announced its Workplace-as-a-Service offer. Sprint will design and manage core communication and key productivity tools, including integration and implementation, service level agreements, and a single source for support.

Service options include WAN connectivity, managed Wi-Fi, voice, audio/video conferencing, mobile device management, and more. Workplace-as-a-Service comes with the option to allow each user to keep wireless service with another provider or to move to Sprint wireless service.

Vonage Grows UcaaS

Vonage has agreed to acquire Simple Signal, a Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) provider targeting small and medium businesses (SMBs), for a purchase price of $25.25 million. Simple Signal offers a broad range of voice, video, mobile and app services via the BroadSoft's BroadWorks platform-- that same platform used by Vonage.

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."

Cyanogen raises $80 million with help from Twitter

Cyanogen, the software maker building an Android-based operating system to take on Google, has raised a boatload of cash from some well-known sources.

Microsoft to preinstall more apps on Android with partnerships

Office apps like Microsoft Word will come already downloaded on some Android tablets from Dell, Samsung and other device makers. Microsoft just sharpened its software sword against Google on the search giant's own platform.

Bye bye Novapost, bienvenue à PeopleDoc

L’éditeur français dédié aux solutions SaaS RH Novapost change d’identité et devient PeopleDoc, avec pour ambition de se développer sur les marchés américain et européen.

Cloudwatt: Orange veut piloter seul.

Deux ans et demi après son lancement, Orange consulte ses partenaires Thales et la Caisse des Dépôts pour prendre totalement la main sur Cloudwatt, un des représentants du cloud souverain à la française. Orange a engagé des discussions pour racheter la part du capital de Cloudwatt à ses partenaires, l’entreprise Thales et la Caisse des dépôts.

France. French Tech, outil opérationnel en faveur de l'innovation et du business?

Le gouvernement cherche à monter des passerelles entre les start-up, l’industrie et les leviers de financement. Avec le CES qui s’ouvre, Axelle Lemaire en charge du numérique aborde les enjeux.

C’est le principal enjeu de la French Tech. Comment transformer la promotion du savoir-faire numérique en France en un véritable outil opérationnel en faveur de l’innovation en France ?

France: Unilend lève 8 millions d’euros pour assurer le financement des PME

La plate-forme de crowdlending Unilend a finalisé un tour de table de 8 millons d’euros pour optimiser le développement de son activité de prêts de particuliers à entreprises.

Big data interest still growing

Companies are still scrambling to manage ongoing data growth even as they pursue projects designed to generate more value from the data they already have. For many, even keeping pace remains a challenge.

Google and Avaya to bring Chromebooks and WebRTC to call center

Google and Avaya are chasing companies seeking to install or upgrade call center systems, promising them easier and more affordable deployments via Chromebooks and a WebRTC interface to the Avaya customer support software.

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, 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.

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