Archive for September, 2012

Europe’s New Cloud Computing Strategy

posted by in Cloud Computing September 27, 2012

Europe’s Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, has released a long-awaited Communication entitled, “Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe.” The paper outlines a series of actions designed to drive European businesses and the public sector into the cloud. The goal is to create 2.5 million new European jobs and boost GDP in the Single Market to EUR 160 billion by 2020. (more…)

STEM Winding

posted by in Industry September 21, 2012

The US economy — still the biggest in the world, by far — drives and thrives on innovation. But innovation, as we know, depends on the best minds in the world. No top talent, no next new thing. Put it this way: A + B = C. (Or maybe: E = MC2.)

One way we can get the talent we need is to retain those completing graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (often called STEM) at world-beating US universities. Instead of going home with US degrees to work for foreign competitors, we can help them stay here and work for American companies. Or better yet, put their high-skilled expertise to use starting new companies that continue to grow our high-tech economy and create new jobs. (more…)

TPP: The First Regional Trade Agreement of the Cloud Era

posted by in Cloud Computing September 10, 2012

Trade officials from the United States and eight other Pacific Rim countries are meeting this week in Leesburg, Va., for the 14th negotiating round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an agreement noteworthy for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that it constitutes the first one of its kind in the cloud computing era.

The ability to deliver IT services over the Internet is easily the most exciting evolution in information technology in the last decade. In the past, only big corporations could afford high-end data-processing tools and facilities. Now, everyone has cost-effective access to infinitely scalable services. That offers huge economic benefits — especially for small and medium-sized enterprises, which can start up and grow faster than ever before. (more…)

Forward From the Conventions

posted by in Industry September 7, 2012

For anyone who cared to notice at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, it was abundantly clear that technology issues dovetail neatly with both parties’ views of our national interest.

In their respective platforms, in the subtext of speeches, and at peripheral events in both Tampa and Charlotte, I heard general agreement that the things technology companies most need today — such as expanded trade in IT products and services, strong intellectual property protections for innovators, and measures to deepen America’s reservoir of (more…)