Cloud Computing Adoption: An exploratory Study

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  2. Yazn Alshamaila
  3. Professor Savvas Papagiannidis
  4. Professor Feng Li
Author(s)Alshamaileh Y, Papagiannidis S, Li F
Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference Name8th International Conference on Web Infromation Systems and Technologies (WEBIST)
Conference LocationPorto, Portugal
Year of Conference2012
Source Publication Date18-21 April 2012
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Research was conducted to investigate the major factors affecting cloud computing adoption among SMEs. Our theoretical framework is based on the Technological, Organisational and Environmental (TOE) Model, with our early empirical evidence stemming from data collected while conducting semi structured interviews with nine companies. The analysis of the responses identified the following factors as those affecting cloud computing adoption: Relative advantage, uncertainty, geo-restriction, compatibility, complexity, trialability, size, top management support, prior experience, innovativeness, industry, market scope, supplier efforts and external computing support. Our findings are expected to have both theoretical and practical value and important implications for the research community, business practitioners, and policy makers in terms of formulating better strategies for cloud computing adoption.