Investigating Factors Affecting the Adoption of Cloud Computing by SMEs: A Proposed Conceptual Framework

Fahad Alghamdi, D Sharma, Milind Sathye

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Abstract

-Cloud computing is a paradigm for providing IT services over the internet. There are many advantages SMEs can obtain from adopting cloud computing such as reduction of IT costs, scalability and flexibility. However, SMEs are still hesitant to take steps towards adopting cloud computing. This study will investigate the factors that may influence SMEs’ decisions in adopting cloud computing in the context of Saudi Arabia. A new conceptual model is expected as an outcome from this research. The proposed model incorporates the Technology-OrganizationEnvironment Framework (TOE) as the primary structure for analysis. New factors are considered such as: duration of implementation, data synchronisation, and software package customization which need to be explored; hence, this study addresses this gap. The study applies a mixed methods design to provide deep insights to the research problem. An outcome it is to bridge the gap in cloud computing adoption decisions and to practically help cloud providers to figure out the reasons affecting adoption of cloud based solutions in the SME sector to formulate a response for a better outcome, then find better adjustment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event13th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2018) - Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 1 Jul 20184 Jul 2018

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2018)
Abbreviated titleICITA 2018
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period1/07/184/07/18

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    Alghamdi, F., Sharma, D., & Sathye, M. (2018). Investigating Factors Affecting the Adoption of Cloud Computing by SMEs: A Proposed Conceptual Framework. 1-4. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2018), Sydney, Australia.