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Microsoft, KPMG Expand Team-Up

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Microsoft and KPMG enhance their current "strategic relationship" through a global collaboration in the creation of data and analytics, cloud compliance and transformation, and business solution suites.

KPMGMicrosoft's Azure, Dynamics and data platforms make the basis for the collaboration. On top of that the two companies will "develop and deploy solutions and services that will help address the disruptive challenges topping the Board agenda today."

This includes the creation of a single scalable platform for the handling of cloud-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and analytics solutions.

Ingram Cloud Marketplace Reaches Europe

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Ingram Micro announces the European rollout of its Cloud Marketplace at the first Cloud Summit Europe, with France, the Netherlands and the UK as first countries getting access to a wide range of cloud solutions and services.

Ingram MicroThe Marketplace carries offerings from leading cloud vendors, including Microsoft, Acronis, Nomadesk and Cirius, and Ingram hopes to add more, such as Intel Security, soon enough. Channel partners get a single, automated platform through which they can manage the complete end-customer subscription lifecycle, be it purchasing, provisioning, management and invoicing.

IBM Bets $3bn on IoT

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IBM announces a $3 billion investment in the creation of an Internet of Things (IoT) unit, whose task is the building of a cloud-based open platform for enterprises with plans for IoT solutions.

IBM According to the company, the platform offers industry-specific cloud data services and developer tools for the integration of data from an "unprecedented" amount of sources, both IoT and traditional, all in the name of designing IoT-optimised connected devices.

“Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device, but too often we are not acting on it, even when we know we can ensure a better result,” Big Blue adds. “IBM will enable clients and industry partners apply IoT data to build solutions based on an open platform. This is a major focus of investment for IBM because it’s a rich and broad-based opportunity where innovation matters.”

Cisco Buys into SDN with Embrane

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Cisco announces its acquisition of Embrane, a “lifecycle management platform for application-centric network services” provider the company has already invested $14 million in back in 2014.

Embrane Further financial details are not available.

The company is already familiar with the way its new owner works, having added lifecycle management a number of Cisco products, including the Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance and the Sourcefire virtual appliance, as well as other 3rd party systems.

One such product is the Elastic Service Manager, which adds firewall and load balancer management to the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC).

Canalys: "Substantial" Growth for 3D Printers

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Global 3D printer shipments reach "nearly" 133000 units in 2014, Canalys reports-- a "substantial" 68% increase over 2013, with revenues from both printers and associated materials and services growing by 34% to $3.3 billion.

3D Printer$1bn of such revenues were made in Q4 2014 alone, a quarterly first according to Canalys, while global shipments during the quarter reached 41000 with 24% Q-o-Q growth.

EMEA comes second in terms of market share, as it accounts for 31% 2014 share. On top are the Americas with 42% share, while APAC accounts for 27%.

"We’ve seen the 3D printing industry go from strength to strength in 2014," the analyst says. "As we expected, the holiday season saw the most significant growth, particularly in the consumer segment, with many users buying their first 3D printer. A combination of falling prices, a wider range of technologies on offer and improved printing speeds helped fuel this demand."

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