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 […]

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Thoughtful Solutions to Modernize the EU Privacy Framework in the Cloud Era

posted by in Cloud Computing, Data December 17, 2012

There are encouraging signs momentum is building in the debate about reforming the EU’s Data Protection Regulation. In the past few weeks, while the European Council and Parliament have continued scrutinizing a proposal put forward earlier this year by the European Commission, stakeholders have been carrying on a robust public discourse about how best to […]

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Inflection Points for Washington and the Software Industry

The Obama Administration and Congress have reached an inflection point in the wake of the 2012 election: The country is facing a steep “fiscal cliff” that no one wants to go over, but steering away from it will require policymakers to make difficult budgeting choices that few people will like. The software industry meanwhile has […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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US IP Strategy, 2.0 — Protecting Innovation in the Cloud

posted by in Intellectual Property August 14, 2012

When Congress created the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) in 2008, cloud computing was unfamiliar to most people outside of the IT industry. Today, it is one of the fastest-growing segments of the information economy. In the interim, recognizing the potential to capitalize on efficiencies of scale and capture maximum benefit from […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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.”

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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 […]

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