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 believe the next few decades hold even more potential for innovation and growth than we have already seen up to this point.
Archive for the ‘Cloud Computing’ Category
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 policy frameworks to support the growth of information technology’s hottest sector right now: cloud computing. It has done so, as the new edition of BSA’s Global Cloud Computing Scorecard illustrates, by enacting a law that balances privacy protections for consumers with the regulatory flexibility to encourage business innovation.
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 global cloud market into country-sized pieces. (more…)
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…)
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 protect consumers’ privacy while encouraging the growth of the digital economy.
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 come to an inflection point of a different sort: 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.
Three Ways the Administration and 113th Congress Can Accelerate the Digital Economy to Achieve Election Goals
The 2012 US election was about many things, but first and foremost it was about growing the economy and creating jobs. With the campaign now over, the Obama Administration and incoming 113th Congress can accomplish both of those goals in the innovation-driven IT sector by focusing on three big priorities: safeguarding intellectual property rights and protections, opening global markets to digital trade, and fostering the growth of cloud computing.
In the last four years, the Administration has made commendable progress in elevating intellectual property issues through a coordinated domestic effort and concerted dialogue with key trading partners. (more…)
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 the Single Market to EUR 160 billion by 2020. (more…)
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 era.
The ability to deliver IT services over the Internet is easily the most exciting evolution in information technology in the last decade. In the past, only big corporations could afford high-end data-processing tools and facilities. Now, everyone has cost-effective access to infinitely scalable services. That offers huge economic benefits — especially for small and medium-sized enterprises, which can start up and grow faster than ever before. (more…)
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. The trouble is, many governments are working to seize the cloud opportunity in misguided ways, such as by walling off domestic markets so local players can operate free of international competition. (more…)