A Bipartisan, Consensus Approach to Innovation Policy

posted by in Intellectual Property March 29, 2016

In encouraging news given today’s climate, Congress is making progress on legislation that will promote innovation.  Even more encouraging?  The legislation and process involved in this progress are both bipartisan and bicameral. The Defend Trade Secrets Act, introduced in the Senate by Senators Hatch and Coons, and in the House by Representatives Collins, Nadler, and […]

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BSA Global Survey Reveals Security Concerns With Unlicensed Software — and Points to the Solution

posted by in Intellectual Property June 24, 2014

Of all the priorities CIOs and IT managers are juggling these days — from cloud to mobility to data analytics — surveys find that cybersecurity is what keeps them up at night. And there’s good reason for that: Symantec dubbed 2013 the “Year of the Mega Breach” while the Economist Intelligence Unit found that more […]

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Positive Shift in Europe’s Approach to Cloud Policy

posted by in Cloud Computing May 2, 2014

Policy discussions about cloud computing in Europe have at times been fraught with protectionist rhetoric. Exacerbated by Edward Snowden’s revelations on government surveillance, there have been calls for data location requirements, procurement preferences for European providers, dedicated French or German cloud networks, and even a “Schengen area for data” as ways to promote deployment of […]

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Navigating the Cloud: Why Software Asset Management Is More Important Than Ever

Cloud computing offers businesses the prospect of immense benefits — lower IT costs, greater operational efficiency, and increased protection against malware to name a few. For IT managers looking to reap these benefits, a key step should be implementing effective software asset management (SAM) practices. That is the somewhat surprising conclusion of a new BSA […]

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Transatlantic Data Flows: Shift the Focus to How—Not If

posted by in Cloud Computing, Data, Global Markets September 26, 2013

It comes as no surprise that conversations about data protection are dominating capitals around the world. Unfortunately, those conversations are being twisted in a way that confuses the issues at hand and threatens policies like the EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement that help deliver the benefits at the core of the digital economy. This situation is […]

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Competing Visions for Europe’s Cloud

posted by in Cloud Computing, Data July 30, 2013

A quiet battle of wills has broken out among European policymakers who are pushing competing visions for how to capitalize on the most significant wave of innovation now underway in information technology: cloud computing.  All agree that by creating a new, more efficient architecture for computing, the cloud offers vast economic benefits. It lets enterprises […]

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Securing the Benefits of Software Innovation and Growth

Software today is woven through the entire fabric of modern life — and yet software innovation continues to explode in exciting new directions, driven by dynamic forces such as cloud and mobile computing. That’s why, as I step down this week as CEO of BSA, I am optimistic about the industry’s future. Looking forward, I […]

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TPP, ISA and the Cloud

posted by in Cloud Computing, Global Markets March 14, 2013

This month negotiators from 11 countries are gathering in Singapore for an important round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. As it happens, Singapore provides the perfect backdrop for understanding the opportunity countries have to expand trade in digital services. Singapore has vaulted into the tier of countries with the best […]

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The 2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard: A Clear Path to Progress

posted by in Cloud Computing March 7, 2013

It’s no secret that enterprises of all types and sizes are embracing cloud computing. Worldwide, that migration will add more than $1 trillion a year in new business revenues, according to research firm IDC. Less understood, however, is the fact that governments are promulgating a mismatched patchwork of laws and regulations that effectively chop the […]

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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 […]

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