Archive for July, 2012

The Right Mix of Policies to Promote Cloud Computing

posted by in Cloud Computing July 25, 2012

With cloud computing, the opportunity is clear. Public IT cloud revenue will grow to more than $70 billion by 2015. Even more significant, innovation enabled by the cloud will generate more than a trillion dollars in revenue over the next few years according to one estimate, and will create millions of jobs around the world. The trouble is, many governments are working to seize the cloud opportunity in misguided ways, such as by walling off domestic markets so local players can operate free of international competition. (more…)

Piracy in the Cloud: A Picture Is Starting to Emerge

posted by in Cloud Computing July 19, 2012

One of the most striking findings in the global survey data we are releasing this week is the fact that 42 percent of the people who use paid cloud services for business say they share their log-in credentials inside their organizations. This points to a worrisome new avenue for software license abuse, and it is the latest sign that piracy is evolving in the cloud era, rather than dying out. (more…)

Emerging Markets Ready for Cloud — Including Paid Services

posted by in Cloud Computing July 18, 2012

If you live in a developing economy and use a computer, then, likely as not, you also use cloud computing services at least some of the time for email, word processing, document or photo storage, or other needs — although you might not understand those services to be “cloud computing.” (more…)

When “Security” Regulations Overreach

posted by in Cybersecurity, Global Markets July 9, 2012

Cybersecurity has justifiably become a front-burner policy concern for governments around the world. But what happens when security regulations are effectively used to bolster the prospects of local firms at the expense of foreign competitors?

We are starting to find out, especially in emerging markets, where many governments have recently begun implementing security-related measures that stray far into the commercial sphere. The development of these overreaching security-related regulations is one of several IT-focused market barriers detailed in BSA’s latest policy report, “Lockout.” They not only create barriers (more…)

Manipulating Technology Standards to Impede Competition

posted by in Global Markets, Industry July 5, 2012

The point of having standards is to create a consistent set of rules, or models, for all parties to follow. That point seems to be lost, though, on governments in many emerging markets. When it comes to technology, countries like China and India are trying to create their own patchwork of unique standards — many specifically designed to bolster domestic firms at the expense of foreign ones.

BSA’s “Lockout” report, an in-depth examination of a new wave of IT-focused trade barriers, shows that manipulating technology standards is one of a handful of ways that governments, especially in emerging markets, are trying to impede free and fair global competition. (more…)