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Steady returns assured in European IaaS industry, claims Frost & Sullivan

The investment climate and financial operations of the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) industry in Europe have been subdued in comparison to firms in the United States.

Integrating multi-channel customer acquisitions voted a top challenge

Integrating multi-channel customer acquisitions has been voted a top challenge by over two thirds of organisations across EMEA, according to Experian, which has outlined new rules of customer engagement designed to enable financial services and comms firms across the region to meet greater customer expectations over the next five years.

Wearables and smart watches 'overhyped' says survey

The Apple Watch is more hype than substance, while streaming video apps are among this year's top priorities for marketers according to a new survey by Greenlight. The survey claims that demand with one in five (19%) marketers planning to use apps like Periscope and Meerkat in campaigns, according to ‘Hype or Ripe' study.

Smartphone sales rocket to meet 4G expectations

4G is rapidly gaining share surpassing 50 percent of the global handset market generating a new Q1 record of $96bn in sales according to data from Gfk.

Mobile devices drive enterprise cyber-security spending

European cyber-security growth is being driven by the wider use of mobile devices in enterprises, says a researcher, and it expects this to rise at 13% per year for the next four years.

Global cloud security services market up 13.5%

The cloud security services market grew 13.5% in 2014 to $7.2bn worldwide, up from $6.3bn the previous year, says Infonetics Research.

Disruptive technologies drive future-ready smart workplaces

Demand for intelligent workplace management techniques is on the up, according to Frost & Sullivan, which cites the following as key drivers: The need for real-time information to accelerate decision making processes, manage remote employees, individual workers and distributed value chain vendors, and secure the connected open infrastructure.

Nokia Takes the helm at Alcatel-Lucent with 15.6bn euro buy

After years of on-off discussion and persistent industry speculation, Nokia has confirmed it will acquire Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), its rival in the telecom equipment business, for EUR 15.6 billion (a 28% premium for shareholders).

Subject to regulatory approval, the all-paper deal is expected to close during the first half of 2016.

PC sales under pressure from strong dollar

As Intel's March 12th warning led many to expect, PC sales were weak in Q1: IDC estimates shipments fell 6.7% yr/yr to 68.5m, a much sharper drop than Q4's 2.4% and Q3/Q2's 1.7%. Gartner estimates shipments fell 5.2% to 71.7m. With IDC also reporting of price pressure, revenue declines might be larger.

72% of telecoms firms set to create new roles in 2015

The Barclays Employers' Survey 2015, which questioned 666 UK businesses on a range of employment-related topics, has revealed that 72% of telecoms companies surveyed will be creating new roles (2014: 77%).

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ShoreTel’s UK cloud push heralds global expansion

In launching Connect Cloud to the UK market ShoreTel has also shown us that it is already moving ahead of the cloud revolution and entering the post-digital ‘age of experience', according to CEO Don Joos (pictured) and EMEA Managing Director Adrian Hipkiss.