Harnessing Software as a Green-Energy Solution

posted by in Cloud Computing September 15, 2011

Information and communications technology has the potential to cut energy use and reduce greenhouse emissions by as much as 15 percent in the next decade while saving up to $750 billion, according to one estimate. That is an attractive proposition for businesses and governments looking for ways to tighten their belts in a slow economy, […]

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Closing Government’s IT Performance Gap

posted by in Cloud Computing September 30, 2010

Propelled by the IT revolution, productivity in the private economy has grown in the last two decades at roughly double the rate of the 1970s and 80s. But as Federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients argues, government has for the most part missed the wave. The Department of Veterans Affairs still processes claims by hand […]

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CTOs Bring Cloud Savvy to Federal Government

posted by in Cloud Computing September 20, 2010

Today kicks off the BSA CTO Forum — an annual series of meetings between private sector chief technology officers and their counterparts in the federal government and policymakers on Capitol Hill.  I view this year’s forum as the “Davos” of cloud computing. We are bringing together the best private and public sector technologists to discuss how […]

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Introducing BSA TechPost

posted by in Industry September 20, 2010

The Business Software Alliance has long been a go-to source for information and analysis of issues critical to the software industry and its hardware partners. We produce global studies of software piracy and its economic impact. We promote a safe and secure online marketplace and digital public square by advancing comprehensive policy proposals on cybersecurity, cloud computing, and a host of other issues. We testify before the world’s leading legislative bodies, meet directly with government officials, and engage in public debate on the opinion pages of national and regional newspapers.

One of our goals in launching BSA TechPost is to create an ongoing forum on these and other important issues facing the technology industry.

This will be BSA’s “official” blog. I will post regularly, as will other BSA staff, BSA member companies and other industry and policy leaders. Together, we’ll provide updates about BSA events, reports and activities, while also keeping an eye on things happening in the news.

We have a great deal of activity taking place right now. Today, we have thirteen chief technology officers from BSA member companies, and other leading technology firms in Washington for our annual CTO Forum . We will be meeting with top administration and congressional officials about how the government can best take advantage of cloud computing solutions to optimize the federal IT infrastructure. I will be writing more about this important event in the coming days.

Last week we released a new global study of the economic benefits associated with reducing software theft. These benefits are substantial — and can be compounded by slowing the piracy rate quickly. I will elaborate on those findings in a separate post.

And finally, on September 21, BSA will launch an exciting new software asset management course called SAM Advantage to help organizations save money, reduce risks and better manage their technology assets and software tools. You can expect to hear more about SAM Advantage from BSA’s general counsel and vice president of anti-piracy, Jodie Kelley.

For now, let me welcome you. We look forward to reading your comments on each post and hope you will use the sharing and subscription tools on the top, right-hand side of the page to call us to the attention of friends and colleagues and stay abreast of the unfolding conversation in whatever format you prefer.

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