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Robert Holleyman
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Robert Holleyman is Founder of Cloud4Growth, a consultancy focused on bringing the highly scalable and efficient resources of cloud architecture to serve the needs of growing populations. As President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance from 1990-2013, Robert Holleyman has long been a leader in matters related to emerging technologies, the software industry and international trade.

Named one of the 50 most influential people in the intellectual property world, Holleyman was instrumental in putting into place the global policy framework that today protects software under copyright law. A widely respected champion for open markets, Holleyman also was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, the principal advisory committee for the US government on trade matters.

Holleyman has been active in global efforts to establish a legal framework that will enable cloud-computing technologies to flourish. He was an early proponent for policies that promote deployment of security technologies to build public trust and confidence in cyberspace. And he has created a highly regarded series of forums for industry executives and policymakers to exchange points of view and forge agreements on the best ways to spur technology advances and promote economic growth.

Before heading BSA, Holleyman was a counselor and legislative adviser in the United States Senate, an attorney in private practice, and a judicial clerk in US District Court. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, a J.D. from Louisiana State University, and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Entries by Robert Holleyman

Securing the Benefits of Software Innovation and Growth

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 1:23 PM

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...

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The Power of Innovative Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 4:26 PM

April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day, the day the World Intellectual Property Organization sets aside every year to promote discussion of the role IP plays in driving innovation, creativity, social progress and economic growth. But in truth, robust discussions of these issues are already well underway.


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TPP, ISA and the Cloud

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 9:58 AM

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...

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

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 11:04 PM


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...

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Clear Thinking on Software Patents

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 9:10 AM

In the vigorous, ongoing debate about the state of America's patent system -- and the state of software patents, in particular -- there are some legitimate issues that call for practical solutions, and there is a great deal of peripheral noise. To sort through and identify which is which, BSA...

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A New Trade Agreement for a New Era of Digital Services

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 8:58 AM

Last week U.S. 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...

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Inflection Points for Washington and the Software Industry

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 6:52 AM

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.

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Kappos Offers Fact-Driven Analysis of the Software Patent System

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 2:13 PM

Against the backdrop of an ongoing debate in industry and policy circles about the impact of software patents on innovation and the economy, US Patent and Trademark Director Dave Kappos this morning argued that the patent system works well. His remarks came in a keynote address at the Center for...

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Three Ways the Administration and 113th Congress Can Accelerate the Digital Economy to Achieve Election Goals

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 9:03 AM

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:...

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An IPR Strategy to Keep India's Innovative Economy Moving Forward

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 5:27 PM

India is well on its way to developing a world-class IT sector. For example, on the strength of its dynamic human capital and extensive investments in research and development, it leapt 10 ranking positions in the 2011 edition of the 66-nation IT Industry Competitiveness Index, created for BSA...

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Europe's New Cloud Computing Strategy

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 4:38 PM

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...

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TPP: The First Regional Trade Agreement of the Cloud Era

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 5:24 PM

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...

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U.S. IP Strategy, 2.0 -- Protecting Innovation in the Cloud

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 6:04 PM

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...

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The Right Mix of Policies to Promote Cloud Computing

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 2:42 PM

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...

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Piracy in the Cloud: A Picture Is Starting to Emerge

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 9:47 AM

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...

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Emerging Markets Ready for Cloud -- Including Paid Services

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 3:24 PM

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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When "Security" Regulations Overreach

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 2:35 PM

Cybersecurity has justifiably become a front-burner policy concern for governments around the world. But what happens when security regulations are effectively used to bolster the prospects of local firms at the expense of foreign competitors?

We are starting to find out, especially in emerging markets, where many governments have...

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Manipulating Technology Standards to Impede Competition

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 11:31 AM

The point of having standards is to create a consistent set of rules, or models, for all parties to follow. That point seems to be lost, though, on governments in many emerging markets. When it comes to technology, countries like China and India are trying to create their own patchwork...

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The New Wave of IT-Focused Trade Barriers, Another Case Study: Discriminatory Procurement Policies

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 12:18 PM

Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of US lawmakers sent a letter to the Indian government, expressing alarm at "unprecedented interference" in the procurement processes of government and commercial entities in India. The letter stated, in part, that "This policy will undermine investor confidence and would be inconsistent...

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The New Wave of IT-Focused Trade Barriers, a Case Study: Regulatory Obstacles to Cloud Computing

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 10:23 AM

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...

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