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Gartner: Internet of Things has reached hype peak

  • The Internet of Things has reached the height of its hype, according to Gartner.

    Each year the research firm puts out a Hype Cycle of emerging technologies, a sort of report card for various trends and buzzwords. This year, IoT tops the list (See chart below).

Microsoft's Windows to aid PC market revival in 2015

  • Microsoft's Windows OS could play a crucial rule in returning worldwide PC shipments to modest growth next year after multiple years of decline, Gartner said on Monday.

    PC shipments could reach around 317 million in 2015, increasing from 308 million units expected to ship in 2014, the research firm said in a study. Shipments this year are expected to decline by 2.9 percent compared to 2013, which is lower than previous yearly declines.

IDC: Apps will drive public cloud spending to sustained double-digit growth

  • Global spending on public cloud services reached US$45.7 billion in 2013 and will experience a 23 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018, according to analyst firm IDC.

    Some 86 percent of the 2013 total came from cloud software, which encompasses both SaaS (software as a service) applications and PaaS (platform as a service) offerings, with the remaining 14 percent generated by cloud infrastructure, IDC said Monday.

Numvision, éditeur de logiciels BtoB de « cloud storage », lève des fonds pour son développement.

  • L’éditeur français de logiciels BtoB de « cloud storage » Numvision a bénéficié d’une levée de fonds de 500 000 euros pour étoffer sa gamme de solutions dédiées et son réseau de partenaires à l’international. L’éditeur français de logiciels spécialisé dans le cloud Numvision a bouclé un tour de table de 500 000 euros, financé par le fonds d’investissement lyonnais Veymont Participat

IT spending growth to be slower than expected in 2014, Gartner says

  • IT research firm Gartner has cut its forecast for global IT spending by about one-third for this year, blaming a tougher competitive environment and subsequent pressure on vendors to lower prices. Spending will rise 2.1 percent to $3.7 trillion in 2014, down from the 3.2 percent growth rate Gartner had predicted for 2014.

    The downgraded forecast isn't necessarily a cause for concern, said Gartner managing vice president Richard Gordon in an interview.

Mark Hurd lays out Oracle's cloud progress, plan to be number one

  • Being second isn't good enough for Oracle when it comes to cloud revenue, co-president Mark Hurd told investment analysts this week following the company's fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report. As part of its earnings announcement, Oracle trumpeted that at an annual cloud subscription revenue run rate of nearly US$2 billion, it is now the industry's second-largest cloud vendor behind

US: Mobile app usage hits 51% of all time spent on digital media

  • Here's a stat that will make most people nod in agreement: time spent on mobile apps is at an all-time high and just keeps growing. But, breaking down the data piece-by-piece does carry some surprising facts -- such as people use Internet radio, social media, and photos far more on their mobile devices than on their PCs.

Google spells out ambitious plan: Android world domination

  • The message to developers at Google's I/O fest this year was crystal clear: Android software will power everything from phones and cars to TVs and beyond. Android was the star of the show at Google's developer fest on Wednesday, with executives pitching the mobile operating software as the driving force behind everything from connected TVs and cars to new wearable devices.

China sets out to become global leader in chip manufacturing

  • China is propping up its local chip manufacturing industry with new policies and financial support intended to turn the country into a semiconductor-making powerhouse by 2030.

    In policy guidelines published Tuesday, the Chinese government laid out a blueprint to develop the domestic integrated circuit industry.

    The country not only wants to sharpen its competitive edge, but also wean itself from foreign chip makers, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a separate posting.

France: baromètre PAC CloudIndex juin 2014.

  • La dernière édition du baromètre PAC CloudIndex décrit des entreprises françaises conscientes des apports du cloud, mais encore peu nombreuses à l’intégrer pleinement dans leur stratégie.

    Ayant développé une certaine compréhension des apports et des enjeux du cloud, les entreprises françaises sont de plus nombreuses à en faire un pilier de leur transformation numérique, sans pour autant établir de stratégie globale.

Oracle claims second-largest SaaS vendor title, while Q4 profits slip

  • Oracle is now the industry's second-largest SaaS vendor after, but it made that announcement as fourth-quarter profits slipped slightly and on-premises software license sales ended the fiscal year flat.

    Revenue for the fourth quarter, which ended May 31, rose 3 percent to US$11.3 billion, while net income fell 4 percent to $3.65 billion.

Wireless data traffic more than doubled in US in 2013

  • The total amount of data handled by wireless carriers in the U.S. more than doubled in 2013, an increase driven in large part by video traffic. U.S. carriers saw 3.2 exabytes of data traffic run across their networks, the CTIA said in its annual report on the U.S. wireless industry. An exabyte is 10x18 bytes or, put another way, a billion gigabytes.

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Box buys cloud storage startup for streaming technology

  • Box has acquired Streem, a cloud storage and file-sharing startup that specializes in large media files and that has developed innovative technology for streaming that type of content.

    "The entire team at Streem will be joining Box to help work on the future of content management and collaboration in the enterprise," wrote Box CEO Aaron Levie in a blog post Monday.

Docker containers to take a bite out of virtualisation market, says Forrester

Alibaba buys mobile browser firm UCWeb, gains 500 million users

  • China's Alibaba Group is buying UCWeb, one of the nation's top mobile browser companies, in a deal that will give the e-commerce giant a bigger reach with smartphone users. It's unclear how much Alibaba is paying for the company, but it already owns a 66 percent stake in UCWeb. As part of the deal, UCWeb will become UCWeb Mobile Business Group, an Alibaba unit, and be led by its existing CEO Yu Yongfu.

France: le plan Cloud Computing entre officiellement en action

  •  Le plan Cloud Computing entre officiellement en action. Ses chefs de projet (le P-DG d’Atos Thierry Breton et le directeur général d’OVH Octave Klaba) ont obtenu la validation de leur feuille de route, présentée ce 4 juin devant le comité de pilotage de la "nouvelle France industrielle".

Tech Industry Subscribes to New Revenue Model

  • The era of subscriptions is upon us, and vendors courageous enough to adopt a subscription model for selling goods and services stand to pocket long-term payoffs in customer loyalty and recurring revenue.

    That's the message at Subscribed 2014 in San Francisco this week, a well-attended event with attendees evenly split among finance, IT, marketing and operations.

To achieve independence, Apple and Samsung need to leave Google behind.

  • During his WWDC keynote on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook defiantly lobbed jabs at Google and Android as he hadn't before. Between taunts about malware, fragmentation, and inferior devices, Cook announced that the company further cut ties with Google by picking Bing as the backbone of its search efforts on its operating systems.

SFR: les jeux vidéo avec Google Play.

  • SFR exploite le business des jeux vidéo intégré dans une dimension multi-supports (TV, smartphone) avec l’aide de Google Play. Un segment en croissance, selon l’opérateur.

    SFR propose une nouvelle offre convergente dans le domaine des jeux vidéo pour les utilisateurs de son décodeur SFR TV avec Google Play Store. Le principe est simple : tout jeu acheté sur mobile est disponible gratuitement sur le décodeur télé sous Android 4.2.2. Et vice-versa.

A first: Microsoft pulls in more from enterprise collaboration than Cisco

Ericsson predicts tenfold increase in mobile data traffic in five years

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Vodafone revenue stays flat as European troubles come to the fore

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.

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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.

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.

Mobile: le marché français progresse; M2M et sans engagement.

  • Avec 77,6 millions de cartes SIM en circulation au 31 mars 2014, le marché français du mobile poursuit sa progression, portée essentiellement par le M2M et le sans engagement.

    La croissance du marché mobile en France s’est poursuivie au 1er trimestre 2014.

Alcatel-Lucent shrinks loss as it tries to turn around its fortunes

  • Alcatel-Lucent's revenue remained flat during Q1-2014, although the company made a smaller loss than a year earlier.

    Sales for Q1-2014 totalled €3.1 billion (US$4.29 billion as of March 31, the last day of the period reported), down 0.5 percent year on year. The company made a net loss of €101 million, an improvement on the year-earlier loss of €353 million.

Box zings rivals with massive GE customer win

  • Rocked recently by reports that it has delayed its IPO, Box has rebounded with a major customer win, snapping up General Electric, which plans to roll out the cloud storage and file sharing service to its 300,000 employees worldwide.

    The deal, announced Thursday, represents Box's largest single customer deployment, and boosts its credibility as an enterprise IT provider as it fiercely battles rivals like Microsoft, Google, IBM, Dropbox, EMC, Citrix and Egnyte.

Internet of Things may make owning less appealing

  • At an Internet of Things (IoT) conference here, people are well beyond thinking about sensors and analytics. They are considering what happens once these tools are a part of every product sold. The implications are, potentially, huge.

IoT will stump IT until clouds and big data come aboard, EMC says

  • The IT systems of the past 20 years won't be able to handle the emerging Internet of Things, which will call for cloud computing, virtualization, efficient storage and big-data analysis, according to EMC.

    As more consumer devices and industrial equipment get connected through the IoT, the flood of data and the opportunities to make things run better will make the familiar client-server systems now in use obsolete, said Paul Maritz, CEO of EMC's Pivotal division.

New CEO tries to break Acer's reliance on PCs

  • Jason Chen has been Acer's CEO for about 100 days, but he's already making major changes at the company as he boosts efforts to diversify beyond PCs and turn around years of financial and operational instability.

    Chen has taken steps to reduce Acer's heavy reliance on PCs by branching out into emerging areas like wearables. He has also implemented plans to improve employee productivity and morale.

Cloudera and MongoDB: 'We're better together'

  • Two of the biggest players in big data -- Cloudera, a name-brand Hadoop vendor, and MongoDB, creator of the leading NoSQL database product -- have decided it's better to work together.

France mobile: Prixtel reprend l’activité grand public de Zéro Forfait.

  • Nouvelle opération de concentration dans le secteur des télécoms : l’opérateur de réseau mobile virtuel Prixtel reprend l’activité grand public de son concurrent Zéro Forfait.

    La concentration dans le secteur des télécoms se poursuit à l’initiative de Prixtel. L’opérateur de réseau mobile virtuel (MVNO), qui délivre ses offres sur le réseau SFR, rachète les activités de son concurrent Zéro Forfait.

Twitter more than doubles its sales, but still can't turn a profit

  • Twitter on Tuesday turned in some healthy sales figures for the first quarter, though its net loss grew substantially compared to last year.

    Total revenue for the period ended March 31 was roughly US$250 million, Twitter reported, more than double the $114 million recorded for the same period in 2013. Twitter's sales topped analysts' consensus estimate of $241 million, as polled by Thomson Reuters.

Big data hype didn't speed growth in the BI market, Gartner says

  • All the hype around big data last year didn't drive big growth in the worldwide BI (business intelligence) and analytics market, according to research firm Gartner.

    While the BI and analytics market grew about 8 percent to $14.4 billion in 2013, the uptick could have been even greater, Gartner said.

Nadella bends Microsoft to his will with Office 365, Windows pricing

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is wasting no time in turning the Microsoft ship toward new Windows pricing models, services, and mobile, as demonstrated in the company's earnings conference call Thursday.

    Nadella kicked off the third-quarter earnings conference call with the tagline "mobile first cloud first," setting the theme for changes at Microsoft as it prepares to close the Nokia mobile business acquisition on Friday.

Enterprise and service provider networking port revenues reached $39B in 2013.

  • Routers, switches and other networking gear became a $39 billion market in 2013, as 40G took hold in the data center and 100G became the new standard for service providers, according to the latest research from Infonetics.

    Enterprise port revenue rose 5% relative to 2012, while service providers spent an additional 4%, the researchers said. Although 1G connections remained the most common, and 10G the biggest revenue driver, most of the new spending originates in the 40G and 100G sectors.

China's Xiaomi targets ten markets in international expansion

  • Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi plans to enter ten foreign markets later this year, including Brazil, Mexico and Russia, in a bid to expand globally with its low-cost but cutting-edge phones.

    Having risen to become a top smartphone maker in its home market, Xiaomi has already begun selling phones in Singapore, and plans to also enter five other Southeast Asian markets including Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand later this year, it said Wednesday.

The Internet of Things meets disruptive technologies

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) will be everywhere. According to Gartner, by 2020 the IoT will be more than a $300 billion market, with over 26 billion devices installed. In contrast, today we use 7.3 billion smartphones, tablets and PCs.

    Naturally, the IoT will run up against today's other disruptive technologies, including social, mobile, analytics and the cloud. Let's take a look at how the IoT is affecting and leveraging each of these areas, as well as its impact on cybersecurity.

Facebook, Google, Twitter in new scrum over mobile app ad gold rush

  • What once was Facebook's private mine has created a gold-rush effect with Google and Twitter also now seeking more mobile riches. But there's only so much money to go around.

    At its F8 developer conference next week, Facebook is expected to present plans for a mobile advertising network, and in so doing turn on an additional revenue stream that could mint it billions more in mobile advertising revenue -- but not if Google and Twitter have a say in the matter.