The US government spends nearly $80 billion a year on computers, software, networking equipment and related services, making it the world’s largest customer for information technology, by far. This gives it enormous heft in the marketplace. The choices it makes have wide ramifications. So imagine for a minute that it decided to favor certain technologies […]Read More
Thirty-seven countries together representing more than half of world trade declared with one voice this week that “effective enforcement of intellectual property rights is critical to sustaining economic growth across all industries and globally.” They further noted: “[T]he proliferation of counterfeit and pirated goods as well as the proliferation of services that distribute infringing material, […]Read More
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.Read More