Archive for September, 2011

US Maintains Leadership in IT Industry Competitiveness

posted by in Industry September 27, 2011

For countries seeking to develop globally competitive information technology sectors, the secret to success isn’t much of a secret: You need a healthy business environment, first-rate IT infrastructure, dynamic human capital, robust research and development, a strong legal environment, and adequate public support for industry development. (more…)

Harnessing Software as a Green-Energy Solution

posted by in Cloud Computing September 15, 2011

Information and communications technology has the potential to cut energy use and reduce greenhouse emissions by as much as 15 percent in the next decade while saving up to $750 billion, according to one estimate. That is an attractive proposition for businesses and governments looking for ways to tighten their belts in a slow economy, so it became a key focus of discussions this week between BSA member-company technologists and their counterparts in government as part of our annual CTO Forum. (more…)

A New Lever to Advance IP Protections

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement September 14, 2011

A recurring theme in this week’s discussions between BSA member-company technologists and their counterparts in government has been the question of how to crank up America’s innovation engine to more effectively foster new industries and create jobs that will drive a robust recovery in the near term and continue powering the US economy over the longer term.

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Accelerating Cloud Deployment at Home and Abroad

posted by in Cloud Computing September 13, 2011

By fundamentally transforming the way computing power is bought, sold, and delivered, the cloud is proving itself to be truly transformative. Industry by industry, sector by sector, enterprises are reimagining their back offices and offering products and services to customers in new, highly efficient ways that create widespread benefits for the economy.

How can government help unleash the full promise and potential of the cloud at home and abroad? That is one of the key questions being asked by the leading (more…)

BSA’s 2011 CTO Forum: Harnessing Technology Innovation to Do More with Less

posted by in Cloud Computing September 12, 2011

BSA kicks off its 2011 CTO Forum today — an annual series of meetings between some of the top technologists in software and computing and their counterparts in the federal government. Over two days, nine high-ranking technologists from BSA member companies will meet with 14 high-level technology decision-makers in the Obama administration to brainstorm ways the federal government can harness new innovations to do more with less in this era of tight budgeting.

This year’s CTO Forum comes at a critical juncture in Washington — a time when policymakers are eager for new strategies to capture efficiencies to help streamline government, spur economic growth, and create jobs. BSA member-company CTOs will offer specific ideas around three inter-related issues:

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Inside a $59 Billion Heist: The Contradictory Opinions and Behaviors of the World’s Software Pirates

posted by in Compliance and Enforcement September 7, 2011

Earlier this year, BSA reported in its annual Global Software Piracy Study that the commercial value of PC software theft leapt 14 percent worldwide in 2010 to $59 billion. Behind all that theft, of course, were millions and millions of computer users installing unlicensed software in homes, businesses, government agencies, and other enterprises.

What were they thinking?

In the past, we haven’t known very much about them. But now, thanks to the most extensive research effort ever undertaken on the subjects of software piracy and intellectual property rights, we do. (more…)

Seizing the Opportunity for US Leadership in the Cloud

posted by in Cloud Computing September 1, 2011

In today’s deeply divided Washington, there is now one thing that almost everyone agrees with: The federal government could save a great deal of money and boost its performance by adopting cloud computing solutions for many of its IT needs. Through a mixture of public, private and hybrid cloud solutions, government technology can be scaled in ways to better meet citizen needs while improving federal services. The Obama Administration — and particularly the recently departed Federal CIO Vivek Kundra — identified these opportunities early on and has been working diligently to position the federal government to take full advantage of the cloud for just such reasons.

What’s more, the broader productivity gains derived from moving to the cloud — which industry has been quick to recognize — can help stimulate our whole economy. Obstacles exist, of course, and chief among these are impediments to the smooth flow of data across borders. But as Kundra noted in a New York Times opinion piece Wednesday, the United States has an opportunity to play a leading role in reducing the obstacles to international cloud computing. I wholeheartedly agree with this assessment, and hope policy-makers of all stripes in Washington will embrace a similar vision.