Microsoft Business Innovation Center: An accelerator for the adoption of new technologies

Technological complexity visible in our system of consumption is also found in communication between men. The emergence of this new platform, these intelligent devices of all kinds, is growing constantly and unrestrained. This "interactive" and "augmented" facilitates our daily personal and professional level uses. However, it remains difficult to digest this perpetual innovation, especially when it is not our core business.

This is where the Microsoft Services division that I had the pleasure to discover a few days there. This window on the future of the company is the ideal place to soak unpublished experiments, developed around Microsoft technologies to customers as diverse and varied Boulanger, Caliatys (Air Liquide) and Rexel. Directed by Carlo Purassanta and considered the heart of the innovation strategy of the firm of Redmond Business Innovation Center consists of 700 employees organized around three core businesses such as corporate strategy, consulting and support.

His first job is very architects and consultants support clients in the discovery phase of new technologies in the image of Windows 8 but also Kinect  or PixelSense . The idea is to demonstrate how they can add value to the company. Since its inception eight months ago, the division hosted 70 companies that have benefited each training sessions specific to their industry.

The second job, more operational, is to define architectures and help in the implementation of infrastructure project mode. Experiments with customers are ahead of the launch of Microsoft products and services. Beta versions work around thus enables business partners to be a pioneer in the adoption. Note that the 22 ongoing projects meet one of the four proposed themes, such as business efficiency, visualization and data mining, operational efficiency and finally all kinds of digital marketing issues such as animation communities.

The last job on it can simply be compared to an after-sales service and maintenance. Based on all the evidence of client companies, it appears clearly that this is the great strength of Microsoft.

According to the director of Microsoft Services met for the occasion, all of these activities in the context of current and future challenges of the business, like mobility, customer relationship, but also effective collaborative enterprise. The division has set the goal of helping small customers (20%) and large (80%) to increase productivity while supporting their growth and this by placing technological innovation at the heart of their business development. "Microsoft Business Innovation Center is an accelerator for the adoption of new technologies," sums up the director of ICBMs.

Microsoft confirms its supremacy in the B to B Indeed, Carlo Purassanta not worried about competition since he considers that his company is the only legitimate both to professionals and their targets, the general public. In the B to C have found products design and very important application catalogs that characterize foremost Apple and Android, but they are still struggling to win in business against Microsoft. On the other hand, there are experts in the B to B as Oracle or IBM, highly reliable, but expensive and inflexible. Microsoft would be the only company with a foot to the right and left.


The MIBK the particularity to work around each technology upstream of its "official" launch. His teams also work on Windows 8 last year with some clients. A is subject Purassanta Carlo finds that the interest of companies has increased significantly since September, the month in which the conference was held which was attended Build not less than 7000 developers.

I must say that technological change around Windows 8, offers great opportunities to optimize the working environment as the business development of the Company. The multi-monitor / multi-platform and single interface revolutionize the user experience, which opens new perspectives. To believe the statements of key stakeholders, Patrick Perret Boulanger and Raphael Mansuy of Caliatys, Microsoft finally responds to their aspirations. These companies feel the need to innovate internally for a long time, but the complexity inherent in the development of technological projects braked far their ambitions or did not allow them to accomplish this task without size constraints.

For Patrick Perret "It allows the development team to design a one-time application because it will then be automatically adapted to all platforms. This is very important because it optimizes the working time. " Raphael Mansuy tempers adding that "an application is not the same in the GUI when developing on a small or large form factor (screen size). '


Based on the new platform from Microsoft, the distributor Appliances has developed an application that allows its sellers (two stores at the moment) to showcase their products while supporting the customer on the shelves. The interactive catalog on tablet powered by Windows 8, allows sellers to search for products by keyword, using visual categories, but also access to available and browse the application in split screen ( Sliptscreen) for comparative simplified products. Beyond comfort for sales professionals, this application develops a more engaging experience with customers and amplifies the chances of converting them into customers. Patrick Perret, Director of Computer Studies Boulanger adds that the first returns are successful thanks to the intuitive handling.

Caliatys meanwhile, is one of the customers who had vowed to launch its application in iOS. By chance that its CEO Raphael Mansuy and the Microsoft Services met and eventually worked together. The prototype application on Windows 8 tablet presented for the occasion allows today to attend daily equipment maintenance technicians in the field hospital.

Made in two days, the first prototype was presented to clients within one week later. Evidence that the technology can be quick and easy to develop.

In short, despite competition from Google and Apple, Microsoft remains the preferred partner in the business. Raphael Mansuy considers that the great advantage of Windows 8 over Android and iOS, is none other than security, which already characterized the previous OS of the firm. "I have several terminals in iOS and Android, but I do not lend my colleagues because there is in all my digital identity. Windows 8 also has its flaws, but the devices that are designed natively team to move the hands of one individual to another, without having to share his personal space. " Other criteria for choosing the "traceability" of employees is also essential. Finally, development of Windows 8 is four times cheaper than on iOS. An important factor especially in times of crisis, as technological innovations are not a priority.

Nexus 4: SFR incorporates the catalog by mid-December?

The Nexus 4 is the phone most acclaimed now. The Internet look carefully replenishing the shop after another sale in the USA. Today we learn through the site The Mobile Smartphone that comes with SFR in mid-December.

The Nexus 4 made ​​a brief appearance on the Google store. The Smartphone has been passed in a few hours. Indeed, SFR propose the new Google phone on its website, it will then be available in all stores within a few days. The exact release date of vague, but the phone is expected to enter December 11.

Nexus One 4 around December 11?

Exact prices have not yet been disclosed since SFR did not make any statements regarding the integration of Nexus 4 in its catalog. You should know that the operator has a long relationship with Google and Android. He was the first to market the Nexus offered by HTC and Samsung. These manufacturers have been replaced by LG for the fourth version of the Nexus. This highlights a fairly simple design with a screen of 4.7 inches (720 x 1280 pixels). The device is capable of recording 1080p HD video with 8 megapixel sensor. At the processor, the Nexus 4 works with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quadruple heart at 1.5 GHz.

Regarding connectivity, the Nexus 4 offers Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, NFC chip, it is also compatible Dual Carrier. Store Play Google, replenishment versions 8 and 16 GB has not yet been disclosed. This weekend, the U.S. enjoyed a new store on sale U.S. Internet users now expect a similar fact for France. In all cases, customers will still run at SFR, which will offer the Nexus 4 in mid-December, however, if this information is confirmed.

Sony pays 30 euros for the purchase of a PS3 and 50 euros for PS Vita

The holidays are approaching and Sony offers discount offers for the PS3 and PS Vita. To purchase a PS3 12 GB you can enjoy a rebate offer of € 30 This offer runs for a console purchased in single or bundle. All the details and terms of the offer on the coupon are available at this address.

For the PS Vita, Sony offers a reimbursement of 50 € or the console is WiFi only on 3G + Wifi console, this offer runs on a console bought in bundle or alone. All the details and terms of the offer on the coupon are available at this address. These offers refunds are available from 1 December and close on 31 December 2012.

Please note that as of 1 December 2012, the PlayStation Store will offer 12 promotions. Each will be available for a short period on the PlayStation Store before disappearing.

The first offering is a 90-day subscription to PS Plus for the price of € 9.99 against € 14.99 (offer expires December 7 at 23:59).

The Christmas competition with 12 kills Nexus tablet to win. Among others.

Competitions on blogs is good, the competition to multiple blogs is even better, because as they say in the UMP, unity is strength.

This is the idea of Moderator , who, in association with Aliaz (reputation management on the internets) proposed twelve leading high-tech blogs [1] to associate without restraint to give you a Great Christmas Contest high-tech bloggers .

What does is that it is exactly? It is very simple:

The competition consists of 12 questions for the 12 months of the year. Each news has been treated by one of the 12 participating blogs, which allows the passage to be a small retrospective FREE important news of the year 2012, ie revise its web culture playing. To enter the draw, you will have to answer just 12 questions. To help you have a link that leads constituting an index whenever a ticket to one of the bloggers who have dealt with this theme.

To be sure that each blog can be a nice lot to win readers, there are actually two types of lottery:
  • A particular draw for each blog to win its readers a Google Nexus tablet 7 (it is managed in the database)
  • A draw general among the participants on all the blogs to win a voucher of € 1,000 and 50 VIP accounts aliaz.
To increase your chances of winning, so you can play on various blogs, which will enable you to participate in the various raffles Nexus 7, and will give you more chances for the other lots. You see how the mechanics of this contest is diabolically thought you turn on Loop 12 blogs participating until almost Christmas, yek yek yek.

You feel ready to tear everything to try to win one of the best tablets today? It is gone, and it goes directly below. Good luck, and do not forget to visit the other blogs to increase your odds of winning. For complete rules it is here (PDF).

Happy Birthday SMS: Short Message Service celebrates 20 years

The SMS is the system used to communicate with others. This 20 th anniversary we are younger. Indeed, the first Short Message Service was sent for the first time on 3 December 1992.

SMS is still used in the field of telephony . It is fast, simple and offers a much more comfortable talking with new technologies. Although other services tend to compete, SMS is one of the most sought after by customers. The first SMS sent on 3 December 1992 was atypical Merry Christmas. He had been sent several days before Christmas on the Vodafone network with a computer. Since that day, which came in the history of phones, SMS and multiply this average will be heavily used at the end of the month. Texting is indeed the best way to wish a happy new year at midnight to everyone around her. Last year nearly 4000 billion SMS were sent all over the world. In 2012, the score should explode.

One billion SMS New Year

Today, SMS in all packages and operators offer unlimited formulas. Essentially the French use this mode of communication, you should know that each subscriber sends an average of 213 SMS per month. Two years ago, mobile users do not exceed 91 text messages per month. United States, SMS undergoes a decline since, for the first time in 10 years, a decline was seen by analysts.

In France, the decline would tend to draw. Indeed, other services are beginning to attract more consumers. These now use instant messaging as Facebook Messenger or BlackBerry Messenger. The SMS was still beautiful days ahead. At the end of the year, he will have the opportunity to blow up the statistics, this is a good time to send SMS as each year nearly one billion Textos are sent to loved ones with the famous phrase Happy New Year.

Festicket, booking social music festivals

Festicket is a platform that should appeal to all festival goers and music lovers in general. After several months in beta, the site has recently launched its V1.

Start-up, launched last June and based in London, offers indeed a turnkey solution to book and attend music festivals around the globe. At the end of the year fresh, events more or less exotic are already available for booking: Day Zero Festival (Mexico), Snowboxx Festival (Andorra), Carnevale di Venezia (Italy) or Melt! Festival (Germany) ...

How does it work in practice? Simply visit the website and choose one of the events on sale now or in the future. Each event offers a detailed presentation with traditional video presentation, dates, photos, program with the artists (which you can listen with a nice integration Soundcloud), locate and hotels, recommendations and questions / answers.

It remains then to select a package that typically includes the ticket, accommodation and sometimes extras like breakfast or dinner, other events, etc.. Reservation is quick and easy and the price is attractive, everything is done in a few clicks with the "One click booking". As for the business model, start-up takes 20% commission on average over all elements of the package.

The platform, which has received very positive feedback from consumers, but also partners of the press, now attracts more than a thousand unique visitors per day and hopes to convince new investors to finalize a fundraiser.

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