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Having alienated carriers like Sprint and Verizon by trying to sell its Android-based Nexus One phone direct to the consumer from its google.com/phone online store - Google's attempt to change the traditional cell phone sales model - it's killing the four-month-old store, describing it as merely "niche channel for early adopters," meaning its sales have been paltry. It swears it's because "many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from." Google was trying to sell a Nexus One for $529 without a contract or a subsidized $179 with a two-year T-Mobile contract. T-Mobile was the only carrier to back Google's play. Although Verizon and Sprint canceled their Nexus One phones earlier this month, Google says it's going to push the HTC-made Nexus One through other people's retail stores and u... (more)

8 Tips for Going Paperless In Your Small Business

8 Tips for Going Paperless In Your Small Business Ray Coleman is a small business owner who writes about money management, green living, and sustainability.   One of the great benefits of the modern age is the ability of small businesses to conduct a majority of their operations in the digital realm. Eliminating the need for bulky file cabinets, storage facilities, photocopiers, printers, and scanners can reduce overhead dramatically. Replacing costly courier services with emails, and swapping out newsletters and solicitations for social media and web-based marketing programs means serious cost savings, as well. Essentially, all of this comes down to replacing paper with pixels. By taking your business green, you're not only helping the environment, you're freeing up a ton of working capital for your venture – and often creating a better and preferred experience f... (more)

Strategies for Winning Cloud Storage Wars: Google, Microsoft & Dropbox

It looks like Google wants to have the cloud to itself. In March, the company decreased prices for Google Drive and it is hoping to annihilate its main competitors, namely Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. The battle for cloud supremacy has just started, and Google has once again turned the market upside down. The company slashed prices by 80%; users have 15 GB at their disposal in Google Drive Cloud Storage, which they can use for free. If you subscribe for 100 GB, you will be paying $1.99 rather than $4.99, and for 1 TB the price is $9.99/month instead of $49.99. OneDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive As opposite to OneDrive and Dropbox, Google’s storage services are incredibly inexpensive. Many users agree that the company is absolutely crazy for reducing the prices, yet they’re certainly not complaining. Surprisingly, Dropbox has higher fees than OneDrive; it charges... (more)

2007 - 2014 - 2021 : deux septennats, pour changer le monde des Systèmes d’Information (première partie)

  Je comprends de moins en moins les informaticiens pessimistes : nous vivons une époque formidable et tout reste à faire pour améliorer les usages de l’informatique dans les entreprises. Nous sommes à mi-parcours d’une révolution que j’ai appelée la R2I, la Révolution Industrielle Informatique. Dès 2012, j’avais écrit une série de six billets sur le sujet. Il faudra deux septennats pour que cette R2I arrive à son terme, et ils seront très différents. Dans cette première partie, je ferai le point sur de ce qui c’est passé entre 2007 et 2014. Pendant ce septennat, tous les composants essentiels d’une informatique moderne sont nés et ont atteint un niveau de maturité élevé. Dans la deuxième partie, j’anticiperai ce qui pourrait se passer entre 2014 et 2021.    2007 - 2014 : tous les composants de la R2I se mettent en place  Et si nous faisions un rapide retour en a... (more)

Volo’s First Customer Launches High-Speed Internet Access Service in Northern Uganda in Less Than 12 Weeks

Gulu, Uganda, August 18, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Backed by Volo’s expert design and cloud-based software integration, Northern Uganda’s newest Internet Service Provider (ISP), is now delivering the most affordable high-speed Internet access to businesses and residences in the region. Zoom Wireless (www.zoom.co.ug), a part of SINFA Uganda LTD, began offering a range of corporate and small business/residential grade fixed wireless services in Gulu, Uganda, within weeks of partnering with Volo. A new start-up built based on years of field experience and designed in Silicon Valley, Volo enables ISPs and telecom providers in emerging markets to design and deploy fixed wireless broadband services quickly and profitably. With Volo’s engagement, the new ISP has designed and deployed a carrier-grade last mile WiFi network. This network is fiber-backed and integrated with the latest ... (more)

SADA Systems Ranks No. 1506 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Revenue Growth of 285%

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SADA Systems, a global leader in providing cloud computing and strategic IT solutions, today announced that Inc. magazine has ranked SADA Systems NO. 1506 on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino's Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000. SADA Systems makes the Inc. 500|5000 for the 7th year, reporting a 3-year growth of 285% while adding 59 new positions over the course of those 3 years. SADA Systems' increased its revenue from $7.3 million in 2010 to $28.4 million in 2013. This growth can be directly att... (more)

Cirruspath Announces Cirrus Files: Google Drive Integration for CRM!

Cirruspath (www.cirruspath.com), makers of Cirrus Insight – the #1 app for integrating CRM with Gmail and Google Apps – announced the launch of a new cloud collaboration application called Cirrus Files (http://www.cirrusfiles.net). Now you can seamlessly manage and sync your files between Salesforce and Google Drive and always know where to find them. Cirrus Files combines collaboration and low-cost storage of Google Drive with the ability to connect all your folders and files to your customers in Salesforce. “At Cirrus Insight we couldn’t be more excited about extending the depth of our integration between Salesforce and Google Apps. As organizations increasingly move our file storage and management into the cloud, organizing those files in an easily accessible and immediately understandable system is becoming crucial. With Cirrus Files we continue to make our use... (more)

New Anonymous Photo Sharing App Unseen Raises $2.1 Million in Funding

Bearch, an Austin-based company that strives to solve problems by connecting people in unique ways, today announced that it raised $2.1 million in funding for Unseen, its anonymous photo sharing app for college students. Texas-based investors include Dirk Elmendorf, co-founder of Rackspace; Rony Kahan, CEO/co-founder of Indeed.com; Doss Cunningham, CEO of Woodbolt International; and several other angels. The investment will be used to expand app availability to more college campuses and for the development of new features that will allow greater interaction between users. First released in May 2014 to Texas A&M University students, Unseen was created by Bearch Co-founders Michael Schramm and Munjal Budhabhatti. Unseen connects students by providing a safe place to share thoughts, experiences, and struggles without fear of repercussions or judgment. The app requires n... (more)

Citrix Collaboration with Google Delivers New Receiver for Chrome and Advanced Features for Chromebook Users

The Citrix and Google collaboration continues to accelerate with new product releases, including Receiver for Chrome and a strong growth of new joint customers and channel partners. Citrix and Google have been working together since 2011 to deliver business apps to the first Chromebooks. With Gartner now predicting Chromebooks will triple in sales by 2017, a rapidly growing number of customers will be looking for a way to leverage the enterprise cloud computing capabilities of the device and services, while still accessing critical line-of-business apps that they rely on today. To offer customers the best end user experience in the industry, Citrix is announcing a new Citrix Receiver for Chrome, which offers Chromebook users the most advanced user experience features in the industry. Although HTML5-based solutions, such as Citrix Receiver for HTML5, will work on Chr... (more)

Box Powers Cloud Collaboration for Leading Life Sciences Organizations

Box today announced that leading pharmaceutical and life sciences organizations Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Boston Scientific Corporation have recently chosen Box as their primary platform for managing and collaborating on content. These companies join Box’s growing pharmaceutical and life sciences customer base, which includes AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and Company, Edwards Lifesciences and others. "Pharmaceutical and life sciences companies have a tremendous opportunity to move critical business content like research materials and findings to the cloud, dramatically improving internal and external processes and increasing the speed and flow of information,” said Whitney Bouck, general manager of enterprise at Box. “For companies like Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Boston Scientific, Box provides the platform that powers secure global collaboration and drives productivity comp... (more)

OneLogin Raises $13M to Power Expansion

OneLogin, the innovator in enterprise identity management, today announced it has secured a $13 million round of Series B venture capital from lead investor The Social+Capital Partnership alongside returning investor Charles River Ventures. OneLogin will use the funds to continue its expansion in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific and to accelerate talent acquisition in these markets. OneLogin provides a modern identity and access management (IAM) solution, which enables enterprises to easily manage employee and external user identities and control their access to applications in the cloud and behind the firewall. OneLogin’s comprehensive turnkey solution includes strong authentication, single sign-on, federation, directory integration, user provisioning and reporting. OneLogin has seen rapid adoption among companies, ranging from fast-growing start-ups li... (more)