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Desktop-as-a-Service: Your BYOD assist

  • People are using more kinds of devices to get work done than ever before. Yet business apps aren't always available on users' devices of choice.

    Desktop as a service (DaaS) is turning out to be one way to solve this problem.

IBM and Microsoft pledge to make their clouds compatible

  • Although fierce rivals in the market for cloud computing services, IBM and Microsoft have pledged to make their technologies interoperable in the cloud for the sake of their users.

    On Wednesday, the companies jointly announced that many Microsoft enterprise products would run on IBM's infrastructure and platform services, and that many key IBM middleware products would be available for use on Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Offers Cloud Device to Battle Google and Amazon

Google Acquires Cloud Database Company Firebase

  • Google announced today that it is acquiring cloud hosted database company Firebase. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Google will continue to offer Firebase’s services as part of its Google Cloud Platform line.

    “If you’re a developer who has built an app on top of Firebase, nothing will change for you and you can continue to use Firebase as you normally would,” Firebase co-founder and CEO James Tamplin wrote in a blog post announcing the acquisition.

Telephony vendor Mitel goes public with $540M bid for ShoreTel

  • Canadian business communications vendor Mitel is offering $540 million for ShoreTel, a U.S.-based competitor, going public with the bid after saying it was snubbed earlier this month.

    Mitel and ShoreTel sell enterprise phone systems and unified communications software and services. Mitel says the industry is consolidating and it wants to be a consolidator. In January, Mitel completed its acquisition of Aastra, another Canadian communications company.

Google outlines strategy for investing $100m a year in European tech startups

  • Google Ventures, the internet giant’s investment arm, has revealed how it plans to spend a new fund worth $100 million a year on European tech startups. The fund, announced in July after weeks of speculation, is the first to be launched after the US version of Google Ventures, which was established five years ago and now invests $300 million a year. Google’s European venture capital operation is being headed up by a team of six with varying  experience in creating and investing in tech companies.

Google misses forecasts, while cost per click also dips

  • Challenges in the mobile market continue to be a factor. Google missed analyst forecasts for both earnings and income in the third quarter, while the amount it makes when users click on ads also dipped.

    Total revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 2014 was US$16.52 billion, Google said Thursday, coming in below analyst estimates of $16.57 billion, as polled by Thomson Reuters.

France: les TPE freinent sur leurs dépenses logicielles

  • La dernière édition du baromètre semestriel de l’AFDEL sur le marché du logiciel en France reflète une importante baisse de la demande dans les petites entreprises. L’AFDEL vient de réactualiser son baromètre semestriel « Cockpit-Software Business at a Glance » avec les données obtenues en septembre 2014 auprès de ses adhérents éditeurs de logiciels et de solutions Internet.

Budget IT : chasse aux licences logicielles inutilisées

  • Selon IDC, 96 % des entreprises n’exploitent pas toutes les licences logicielles qu’elles ont acquises. Une piste prioritaire pour réduire les coûts. En période de disette budgétaire, l’heure est à la rationalisation du parc de licences logicielles : 63 % des 430 entreprises sondées dans le monde par IDC estiment que leur budget en la matière va stagner ou régresser au cours des deux prochaines années.

Gartner: Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015 IT can’t ignore

  • Gartner defines its Strategic Technology Trends as those technologies that have the most potential to drive great change in the enterprise IT arena in the next three years.

    Indeed this year’s crop has that potential as trends like software-defined networks and 3D printing take center stage in Gartner’s list.

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OVH: numéro 3 au niveau mondial.

  • Hébergement, services cloud, location de serveurs…OVH poursuit son développement à l’international. La société dirigée par Octave Klaba est en mesure de titiller des Géants comme Amazon dans le cloud.

    Pour ses quinze ans, OVH s’offre une renaissance. Ou plutôt des renaissances avec un nouveau logo, un nouveau slogan (« Innovation is freedom ») et des nouvelles solutions et produits (hébergements, serveurs, réseaux, téléphonie…).

Orange 7ème dans le classement mondial des opérateurs mobiles.

  • Les Américains, les Chinois et les Européens continuent de dominer le marché mondial des opérateurs mobiles, selon le classement de GSMA Intelligence. Orange n’arrive cependant qu’à la 7ème place, derrière China Mobile, Vodafone ou China Unicom.

Gartner: Top 10 strategic predictions for businesses to watch out for

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HP to break itself into two companies

  • Hewlett-Packard, one of the most prominent technology companies in the world, is splitting into two Fortune 50 companies, the firm announced on Monday.

    By the end of its next fiscal year, which will end in October 2015, HP will officially become two companies:

France: les PME du numérique ressentent les effets de la crise

  • Le dernier baromètre de CINOV-IT illustre les difficultés auxquelles sont actuellement confrontées les petites et moyennes entreprises du secteur numérique en France. Intégrateurs, éditeurs, SSII, prestataires de conseil et formation : qu’elles s’adressent aux particuliers ou aux grands comptes et administrations, les entreprises du numérique se montrent prudentes et réalistes dans un contexte de crise.

France: les PME entre smartphone et "terminaux dédiés".

  • Au dernier baromètre de Futur (téléphonie, Internet, cloud), les PME achètent, via les canaux BtoB, presque autant de terminaux « durcis » que de smartphones. Entre smartphones et terminaux durcis conçus pour une utilisation « sur le terrain », leur coeur balance : les PME françaises sont confrontées à un dilemme dans le choix des solutions de mobilité.

Google shakes up cloud services market with another price cut

  • Google has fired back at Microsoft with cheaper cloud services, signaling another round of price cutting in an increasingly competitive market.

    Citing enhanced efficiency in its data centers as well as falling hardware costs, Google on Wednesday said it was cutting prices of its Google Compute Engine by about 10 percent for all instance types in every region.

Intel developer kit focuses on IoT market

  • Intel has released a developer kit so that programmers can write and deploy JavaScript applications for "Internet of things" and sensor devices. Intel's XDK IoT Edition SDK also makes management of power-constrained IoT devices easier.

Alcatel-Lucent sells enterprise networking unit to China Huaxin

  • Alcatel-Lucent has closed the sale of its IP telephony and Ethernet switching equipment activities to China Huaxin. The spun off company will struggle to compete with the likes of Microsoft and Cisco Systems, and will have to make acquisitions of its own to grow.

    Both product segments are highly competitive and going through big changes thanks to the growing popularity of smartphones and technologies such as software-defined networking and cloud-based communication services.

With Atlas, Facebook advertisers can follow you around the Web

  • Facebook is pushing its advertising technology beyond its website and apps to the rest of the Internet -- and into more direct competition with Google.

    The world's largest social network said Sunday it will relaunch Atlas, an advertising technology it bought from Microsoft last year. The new Atlas was rebuilt to allow Facebook's partners to send ads to the company's users anywhere the service can see them on the Web.

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 Salesforce.com.

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 Salesforce.com, 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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