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2015 PC Sales

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Marché PC: recul de de 7,7 % en volume en Europe en Q1-2015.

IDC constate que la hausse du dollar, traduite par une augmentation des prix sur le marché du PC en Europe, a entraîné une baisse des ventes au 1er trimestre.

Le cycle de renouvellement des parcs informatiques enclenché par la fin de vie de Windows XP arrive à son terme.

US mobile ad revenue spikes.

Seeing more ads on your phone? Mobile advertising surged 76 percent in 2014.  Internet advertising revenue climbed 16 percent to $49.5 billion in 2014, as a spike in sales for mobile spots pushed it above banner ads for the first time, according to a study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

"Marketers clearly recognize that consumers are leading mobile-first lives," IAB chief Randall Rothenberg said in the report, published Wednesday.

Amazon reveals that its AWS cloud service is a $5 billion business

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been one of the industry's big spenders as he strives to make the company all things to all people, fashioning Amazon as a grocery store, entertainment producer and device maker. The company on Thursday reported results for the first three months of 2015 that show Bezos' earliest spending effort -- a business that rents data storage and computing services over the cloud -- is paying for itself.

France: la timidité des PME vis à vis du Cloud.

L’Insee constate que l’adoption du cloud dans les PME françaises est en retrait par rapport à la moyenne européenne. Quels sont les obstacles perçus ?

En dépit des efforts consentis par les fournisseurs pour agrémenter leurs offres et les rendre plus « transparentes », les PME françaises hésitent encore à franchir le pas vers le cloud.

Vonage CEO Speaks Out on SMB UCaaS Trends

Vonage has recently acquired Simple Signal, a service provider offering Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) for small and medium businesses (SMBs). Simple Signal uses the same BroadSoft BroadWorks platform used by Telesphere, another UcaaS company that Vonage acquired about late last.

Nokia et Alcatel-Lucent: l'idée d'un rapprochement en discussion?

Nokia mènerait, en interne, des discussions remettant sur la table l’idée d’un rapprochement avec le Franco-Américain Alcatel-Lucent. Voici quelques années que les bruits de couloir circulent autour d’un éventuel rapprochement des deux équipementiers télécoms Nokia et Alcatel-Lucent. S’il est encore trop tôt pour envisager cette issue, la situation et les orientations stratégiques des deux groupes rendent l’hypothèse d’autant plus plausible à moyen terme.

Google France a dix ans : opérations séduction auprès des start-up, des PME et des associations.

La branche française de Google lance sa première campagne institutionnelle et accentue des initiatives pro-numériques pour les entreprises et les associations.

Cela fait dix ans que Google est installé en France.

« Comme moi, la société a dû apprendre pour trouver sa place en France », déclare Nick Leeder, Directeur général de Google France (le manager d’origine australienne est en fonction depuis deux ans).

2015 smartphone sales

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Xiaomi sells over 2 million phones in 12-hour online sale

Xiaomi recorded impressive sales growth during a 12-hour online sale Wednesday, another sign that the smartphone upstart may be a worthy challenger to leading handset makers.

Some teens may indeed be anti-Facebook

Facebook's popularity might be on the decline among some teenagers, the company signaled Wednesday.

For younger teenagers, Facebook has seen a decline in the number of daily users, the company reported during its third-quarter earnings call. Overall, usage among U.S. teens was stable between the second and third quarters, but the decrease in daily usage for some was noted early in the prepared remarks of Facebook's chief financial officer, David Ebersman.

Global IT spending shrinks as dollar strengthens

A rapidly rising U.S. dollar has created a "currency shock," prompting Gartner to decrease its global IT spending forecast. The research firm now expects worldwide IT spending to decrease to $3.66 trillion in 2015, a 1.3 percent dip from last year.

The strength of the dollar against some other currencies, such as the Euro, will affect IT buying. What 1,000 Euros bought in hardware last year, might not be enough for the same hardware this year, and that hurts demand.

Facebook's future could include app consolidation

Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg has been on a mission to unbundle the company's many services and expand far beyond the single application that transformed it into the largest media platform that's ever existed. Zuckerberg says the changes represent an evolution in Facebook's approach to how it connects people around the world.

Deloitte, Tendances IT 2015 : les entreprises au carrefour du numérique

Deloitte estime que la stratégie des entreprises, portée par la transformation numérique, va évoluer dans une logique de fusion du business et de l’IT.

Tata Communications seeing significant demand growth for hosted UC services

 

Anthony Bartolo, the President of Mobility and Collaboration at Tata Communications, has been recently interviewed for getting his perspective on the latest trends. Tata Communications targets the top 2500 multinational corporations and also provides global white label services for other carriers to target the mid-tier and small business market segments. Tata Communications is also a global carrier partner helping Microsoft deliver its Skype for Business services.

France. Les TPE/PME utilisent de manière disparate les outils numériques disponibles.

Linkeo constate que les dirigeants des TPE-PME françaises s’approprient les outils numériques à leur disposition, mais les exploitent de manière disparate. Quand bien même ils en ont cerné le potentiel en matière de valorisation et de développement commercial, les dirigeants des TPE-PME françaises ont encore un usage relativement disparate des nombreux outils numériques à leur disposition.

France: les budgets "Cloud" des entreprises fluctuent.

Vanson Bourne estime que le déploiement du cloud dans les entreprises françaises a entraîné des coûts inattendus… en plus de compliquer la tâche des décideurs informatiques.

With WhatsApp, Facebook aims for immediacy

When's the last time you replied, promptly, to a message sent through Facebook? Aren't sure? Well Facebook, craving more real-time usage of its service, hopes to change that.

On Wednesday Facebook said it was acquiring WhatsApp, a leading mobile messaging service used by people as an alternative to telecommunications carriers like AT&T and Verizon. Facebook said it was paying US$16 billion for the five-year-old buzzy upstart.

Internet of Things connections to quadruple by 2020

Here in 2015, the Internet of Things (IoT) is already having a massive effect on business, according to a recent report by Verizon, and by 2025 it predicts best-in-class organizations that use IoT extensively will be up to 10 percent more profitable than they are today.

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 Credit.fr, 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.

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.

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.

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:

2015 Tablet sales.

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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.

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 ».

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2014 Tablet sales.

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Google's search for sales, profit falls short

For the past few quarters, Google's finances have been the story of same-old, same-old: Desktop search -- its biggest business -- is getting stale, but it still makes billions.

The story stayed true on Thursday when Google reported lagging revenue, as more people find what they want from their smartphones and tablets. And as competitors, including Facebook, draw more of the mobile users that advertisers are trying to court.

Amazon Says One Million Customers Actively Use Its Cloud Services

Amazon says its pioneering cloud computing services are actively used by over one million customers.
The tech giant revealed the number day, during its fourth quarter earnings announcement. Each of those one million customers have used its cloud services during a recent one month period, the company said, and usage grew close to 90 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the same quarter the year before.

Huawei shifts sights to high-end smartphones

Huawei no longer sees a profitable future in cheap phones. Huawei plans to start focusing on high-end smartphones as competition from local rivals such as Xiaomi increases. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is no longer convinced it can turn a decent profit with low-end smartphones.