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Cisco Presents Software Partner Program

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Cisco announces a partner program addition at the Cisco Partner Summit 2015 with the Software Partner Program-- one that, as the company itself admits, might not be relevant for all partners.

Cisco Parnter SummitThe Software Partner Program features a number of new roles, namely Software Lifecycle Advisor (helps customers understand how to adopt, use, and manage software and services), Software Consultant (helps maximise value from Cisco software) and Software Integrator (builds custom solutions using Cisco software, 3rd party software and partner IP).

However, as the company later said at the Q&A session following the announcement, not every small and mid-size partner can participate in the program-- but then again not every reseller has to say yes to "everything."

Broadcomm Announces 5G Wifi Wave 2

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Broadcom launches the 5G Wifi Wave 2 solutions portfolio for enterprise wireless access points, with new chipsets including the BCM43465 (4x4 11ac MU-MIMO) and BCM43525 (3x3 11ac MU-MIMO).

Broadcom logoThe company claims the BCM43465 is the first to support 2.2Gbps and four concurrent MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input, multiple output) devices, providing the enterprise market with the highest density of client support.

Further boosting performance is the use of 160MHz, allowing devices to fully utilise available bandwidth, as well as NitroQAM 1024-QAM technology (promises 25% throughput boost over 802.11ac's 256-QAM) and the Advanced Spectrum Capture Engine (AsCE) identifying and adjusting against non-wifi interference.

Apple Watch as Password Replacement

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The Apple Watch might appear to some as little more than a wearable gimmick, but enterprise security vendor MicroStrategy has an interesting application for the device-- as wearable password replacement.

Apple Watch UsherThe MicroStrategy Usher Watch application acts as a secure digital key, allowing wearers to log into enterprise business systems, unlock devices, validate personal identity and even open doors with a simple gesture or tap. The app uses all Watch features (such as Glances, Notifications and Force Touch) and and detects a "vast range" of business systems, hardware and physical entryways.

For example, a user gets a push notification on the Watch when required to unlock a nearby system.

Accenture, Oracle Team Up in Cloud

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Accenture and Oracle announce a collaboration dubbed The Accenture Oracle Business Group-- an consultancy effort with the aim of pushing Oracle Cloud-based Accenture solutions to more enterprises.

Oracle cloud"The Accenture Oracle Business Group combines Accenture’s deep industry and technology experience with Oracle’s expansive set of cloud solutions to deliver client value not found elsewhere in the market today,” Accenture says. “This is part of our strategy to take advantage of Oracle’s leading technologies and build our business together for the future. It is a game-changer for our clients, Oracle, and Accenture.”

Microsoft Details Windows 10, Hololens at Build 2015

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Microsoft reveals more Windows 10 plans at Build 2015, such a new lock screen, a renamed Internet Explorer replacement and means for running iOS and Android apps on the OS-- even if the show was arguably stolen by an adorable HoloLens-powered robot.

Holographic WindowsOf course, Windows 10 remains the main focus of the conference, where Microsoft declared it expects to see the OS run on no less than 1 billion devices within 2 or 3 years of release. As Windows chief Terry Myerson puts it, "no other platform working in any ecosystem is available on 1 billion devices," but with free upgrades for existing Windows users, new (and old!) devices and enterprise-friendly plans, the company might just manage to reach such a total.

For the curious, Windows 8 license sales reached 200 million in around 15 months.

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