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March 20, 2013
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  • Investors put $19.5M more into ProfitBricks
    ProfitBricks has received additional investments of $19.5 million, bringing private funding in the company to $38.3 million. ProfitBricks has established a subsidiary in the U.S., where it will compete in infrastructure-as-a-service with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud service and Rackspace Hosting. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Avaya responds to BYOD with Collaborative Cloud products
    Avaya introduced a suite of cloud services designed to enhance enterprise collaboration by making it easier for companies to selectively deploy unified communications, contact center and videoconferencing solutions. The offerings include Avaya Cloud Enablement for Unified Communications and Customer Experience Management -- which is available in four distribution packages -- and Avaya Cloud Enablement for Video, an on-demand solution that is interoperable with a range of devices, vendors and protocols. ZDNet/BriefingsDirect blog (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Samsung is making time for a smart wristwatch
    Samsung Electronics expects to compete with Apple for wearable devices, as the South Korean manufacturer said it has long planned to introduce a smart wristwatch that will mirror many smartphone functions. "We've been preparing the watch product for so long," Executive Vice President Lee Young Hee said. Lee declined to provide other details about the watch, which presumably would compete against a similar product reportedly in development at Apple. "The race is on to redesign the mobile phone into something that you wear," said Marshal Cohen, an NPD Group analyst. Bloomberg (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft says Dynamics AX ERP, CRM to go mobile this year
    Microsoft says it will offer mobile versions of its Dynamics AX enterprise-resource-planning software. The mobile applications will be part of the next AX 2012 update and focus on worker functionality as well as providing time- and expense-management features. The company also says it plans to offer a mobile app in the Dynamics customer-relationship-management line during the second half of 2013. News Service (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Security & Privacy 
  • "Chameleon" botnet is behind click fraud, ad-analytics firm says
    A botnet dubbed "Chameleon" has infected about 120,000 home computers in the U.S. and is generating bogus clicks on about 200 websites, according to, an advertising analytics firm in the U.K. The company estimates the purported fraud costs advertisers up to $6 million a month. "All the bot browsers report themselves as being Internet Explorer 9.0 running on Windows 7," said in a blog post. Network World/IDG News Service (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government IT 
  • Feds investigate potential bribery by Microsoft, partners
    The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into whether Microsoft and any of its partners were involved in alleged bribery and kickback activity regarding software deals made abroad. "Like every large company with operations around the world, we sometimes receive allegations about potential misconduct by employees or business partners," said John Frank, Microsoft vice president and deputy general counsel. "We cooperate fully in any government inquiries." The Wall Street Journal (3/19) , Bloomberg (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Webinar: Mobile WILL Transform Your Finance Operation -- Are You Ready?
    Cloud-based financial applications are helping businesses streamline the process of paying bills, projecting cash flow and conducting business transactions. It is no secret that companies are taking the next step to deliver these solutions via mobile devices in order to help executives manage their businesses -- anytime and anywhere. Register for this complimentary webinar, and join SIIA members Saugatuck Technology and as they explore the need for and the role of mobile financial management. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Register for the industry's leading ISV conference, AATC13
    Join us May 7 to 9 in San Francisco for SIIA's All About the Cloud conference. Your success in today's ever-changing world of technological innovation around the cloud, mobile and social media can depend on the strength of your relationships with the right strategic partners and vendors. So our primary focus for AATC 2013 is to help you make contacts, form partnerships and close deals. Take advantage of early-bird pricing by registering today or considering a sponsorship. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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