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Cisco and MS Dynamics News Round-up (week ending December 20th)

It’s been a busy fortnight for both Cisco and Microsoft Dynamics. Here are a few highlights.

Cisco offers Desktop as a Service solution

After teaming up with VMWare and Citrix Systems, Cisco is set to release a new Desktop as a Service solution for both service providers and enterprises.

The new offering will be based on Cisco’s already existing Unified Computing System converged data centre solution as well as its enhanced desktop virtualisation solution.

In a statement, vice president of engineering at Cisco Satinder Sethi said: “Many organisations are looking for ways to achieve the benefits of desktop virtualisation without the need to install and maintain equipment or make capital investments.”

MS Dynamics partner acquires Tectura North America

The US arm of UXC Eclipse, a partner to MS Dynamics, is growing in size with the acquisition of Tectura North America.

Tectura, which was previously named CRM partner of the year, has a strong market share in such verticals as manufacturing and life science, which UXC Eclipse has said it would like to break into. At present, the value of the acquisition has remained undisclosed.

So far, UXC Eclipse Microsoft Dynamics has gained experience in retail, mining, mining services, asset intensive and print industries.

Cisco acquires Collaborate

Mobile productivity program Collaborate has been acquired by Cisco, which it hopes will help it boost its market leadership in collaboration.

Collaborate unifies messaging, document sharing and task management on both mobile apps and the web. It integrates with Dropbox, Box, Evernote and Google Drive.

Hilton Romanski of Cisco said that the company intends to work with Collaborate to develop a solution to making mobile working smarter and allow employees to work from virtually anywhere.

He adds that innovation will be spurred forward by the engineers and cutting-edge technology of Collaborate who will work as part of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group.

Workaround issues on compatibility of IE11 and MS Dynamics CRM

A workaround has been issued by Redmond to make MS Dynamics CRM compatible with Internet Explorer 11 (IE11).

Microsoft has warned that the initial configuration of Dynamics CRM Online cannot be used with IE11. For systems using Windows 8.1, it is only possible to use IE11 and there is no option to downgrade.

Redmond says to log in using a machine with an older version of IE and then rerun the configuration on the system or use compatibility view.

Cisco reduces revenue forecast

For the next three to five years, Cisco has reduced its revenue forecast due to weakened demand in emerging markets and telecommunications service providers.

Chief executive officer of Cisco Systems John Chambers said that this weakened demand is likely to cause problems for companies in the US for some time.

Over the next few years, Cisco expects that average sales growth will reach between three and six per cent. This is lower than the company’s predictions last month of between five and seven per cent.

Last month, Cisco said that revenues could fall by up to ten per cent during this financial quarter.

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