Archive for January, 2013

A New Trade Agreement for a New Era of Digital Services

posted by in Cloud Computing, Global Markets January 29, 2013

Last week US Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced the Administration’s intention to start talks on an International Services Agreement (ISA) with Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and more than a dozen other trading partners. This is an ambitious undertaking, and it holds the potential to break wide open a services market of extraordinary potential for every industry involved, including technology and software services like cloud computing. (more…)

The Business Case for Balanced Data Privacy Regulation

posted by in Data January 28, 2013

Activities are taking place around the world today to commemorate Data Privacy Day as industry, policymakers, and other stakeholders promote their collective responsibilities with regard to data privacy and information security.

The Boston Consulting Group projects the Internet economy will reach $4.2 trillion in G-20 markets by 2016, with the Internet contributing up to 8 percent of GDP in some countries. According to IDC, spending on public cloud computing services will grow by over 27% by 2015. With the transition to a data-driven, Internet economy underway at full pace, debates around data protection and user privacy are also heating up around the world. (more…)

Four Trends to Watch in 2013

posted by in Industry January 2, 2013

There have been a number of important inflection points in the growth and maturation of the global software industry — the extension of copyright law to cover machine-readable code, the birth of the PC, the commercialization of the Internet, and the advent of cloud computing, to name a few.

As we enter 2013, the industry finds itself at another sort of inflection point, which Robert Holleyman described during BSA’s recent Global Strategy Summit: “Companies like those in BSA are innovating rapidly, but they face daunting challenges around the world as courts, lawmakers, and regulators adopt policies that are closing off access to key markets, undermining the business of developing and commercializing intellectual property, and imperiling the growth and evolution of cloud computing.”