Archive for September, 2010

Closing Government’s IT Performance Gap

posted by in Cloud Computing September 30, 2010

Propelled by the IT revolution, productivity in the private economy has grown in the last two decades at roughly double the rate of the 1970s and 80s. But as Federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients argues, government has for the most part missed the wave. The Department of Veterans Affairs still processes claims by hand while veterans wait months for their benefits. The Patent Office receives applications electronically but then prints them out, re-scans them and enters them into an outmoded case management system. And there are plenty of other examples.

Hope for Breach and Security Legislation

posted by in Cybersecurity September 22, 2010

Lawmakers have been working for five years — through three Congresses — to craft legislation that would help safeguard consumers’ personal data online and require that they be notified when there are breaches so they can take further steps to protect themselves.

And now, the legislative finish line is in sight.

The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance hears testimony today at 2:30 p.m. on S.3742, the “Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2010,” a very strong and worthy bill introduced by Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.V.). The House of Representatives passed a companion bill in December 2009 ( H.R.2221), sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.).

A Jolt of Stimulus for Local Economies

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement September 22, 2010

The software industry and trade officials who negotiate on software matters at times face incredulity when we encourage countries to step up enforcement of intellectual property rights. Some skeptical officials wonder (even if they don’t say aloud), “What’s in it for us?” They assume — falsely — that enforcing intellectual property rights boosts the profits of multinational firms that create software products but provides no significant benefit to a local economy where the software is being sold.

A new study from BSA and IDC shows that couldn’t be further from the truth. (more…)

Decoding SAM

posted by in Industry September 21, 2010

Software is an indispensible tool in the operations of businesses and organizations of all types and sizes. But managing it can be a challenge. Companies without a systematic process in place to administer their software assets may buy too many licenses — unnecessarily draining financial resources that could be put to better use — or too few, thereby exposing themselves to fines and to security risks that could damage their technology infrastructure.
The solution is software asset management (SAM), the business practice of managing and optimizing software purchases, deployments, maintenance and utilization throughout an organization. (more…)

CTOs Bring Cloud Savvy to Federal Government

posted by in Cloud Computing September 20, 2010

Today kicks off the BSA CTO Forum — an annual series of meetings between private sector chief technology officers and their counterparts in the federal government and policymakers on Capitol Hill.  I view this year’s forum as the “Davos” of cloud computing. We are bringing together the best private and public sector technologists to discuss how cloud solutions can help increase government efficiency and results.

One of our fundamental beliefs at BSA is that the private sector and government can accomplish much more together — on everything from cybersecurity to IP theft — than we can individually.  (more…)

Introducing BSA TechPost

posted by in Industry September 20, 2010

The Business Software Alliance has long been a go-to source for information and analysis of issues critical to the software industry and its hardware partners. We produce global studies of software piracy and its economic impact. We promote a safe and secure online marketplace and digital public square by advancing comprehensive policy proposals on cybersecurity, cloud computing, and a host of other issues. We testify before the world’s leading legislative bodies, meet directly with government officials, and engage in public debate on the opinion pages of national and regional newspapers.