Archive for June, 2012

The New Wave of IT-Focused Trade Barriers, Another Case Study: Discriminatory Procurement Policies

posted by in Global Markets, Industry June 29, 2012

Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of US lawmakers sent a letter to the Indian government, expressing alarm at “unprecedented interference” in the procurement processes of government and commercial entities in India. The letter stated, in part, that “This policy will undermine investor confidence and would be inconsistent with India’s international obligations, as well as, be a marked departure from opening the Indian ICT sector to the participation of foreign companies.”

In fact, restrictions on procurement by government agencies and state-owned or state-influenced enterprises are part of broader set of IT-focused market barriers — detailed in BSA’s new policy report, “Lockout” — which are keeping global (more…)

The New Wave of IT-Focused Trade Barriers, a Case Study: Regulatory Obstacles to Cloud Computing

posted by in Cloud Computing, Global Markets June 22, 2012

This week BSA released “Lockout,” a report that shows how a new wave of IT-focused trade barriers threaten to keep global companies out of critical emerging markets — and how the actions of big markets like China and India signal a domino effect, with other emerging economies following suit.

The report describes five distinct types of market barriers that IT companies confront around the world, and it features a series of case studies illustrating how they are implemented in practice. Each of the barriers that the report enumerates deserves careful consideration, so I will discuss them in a series of blog posts over the next week or two. I will start today by focusing on regulatory obstacles to cloud computing.

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Lockout: How a New Wave of Trade Protectionism Is Spreading through the World’s Fastest-Growing IT Markets — and What to Do about It

posted by in Global Markets June 20, 2012

We have reached a pivotal new phase in the information technology revolution. The biggest centers of growth for IT products and services are no longer established powers like the United States and Europe, but emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil.

New personal computer sales in China already outstrip sales in the United States, for example, and Brazil recently became the third-largest market for new PCs, overtaking Japan. In fact, the four so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) now account for a quarter of all PC sales globally, up from less than one-sixth just five years ago. (more…)

From Piracy to the Cloud, Holleyman Discusses Key Issues for the Software Industry in C-SPAN Interview

posted by in Industry June 18, 2012

From promoting the growth of the global cloud computing market, to curbing piracy, to enacting balanced cybersecurity legislation, there is critically important work underway in the United States and other markets on high-priority issues for the software industry. BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman covers several of the high points in this recent interview on the C-SPAN show “The Communicators.”