Investigating the factors affecting the adoption of cloud computing in smes

A case study of Saudi Arabia

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Abstract

Cloud computing technology offers promising business advantages for small and medium-sized enterprises. In Saudi Arabia, the adoption of cloud computing by SMEs has so far occurred relatively slowly. This study investigates the factors affecting the adoption of cloud computing by SMEs in Saudi Arabia. A sample of fourteen interviews conducted with IT experts provides a foundation for exploring new factors that affect this decision, as incorporated into a conceptual model developed for this study. This model draws on the Technology-Organisation-Environment framework but adjusted based on new contextual factors. Factors such as the duration of software implementation, software integration, and software customisation guided this study. Furthermore, experts were of the view that other factors such as culture and technology infrastructure also impacted the adoption of cloud computing among SMEs. This study bridges the gap in the literature on cloud computing adoption with new evidence from the unexplored context of Saudi Arabia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Subtitle of host publicationEuropean, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems
EditorsMarinos Themistocleous, Marinos Themistocleous, Paulo Rupino da Cunha
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd.
Pages158-176
Number of pages19
Volume341
ISBN (Electronic)9783030113957
ISBN (Print)9783030113940
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event15th European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems, EMCIS 2018 - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 4 Oct 20185 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume341

Conference

Conference15th European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems, EMCIS 2018
CountryCyprus
CityLimassol
Period4/10/185/10/18

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ALGHAMDI, F., SHARMA, D., & SATHYE, M. (2019). Investigating the factors affecting the adoption of cloud computing in smes: A case study of Saudi Arabia. In M. Themistocleous, M. Themistocleous, & P. R. da Cunha (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing: European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (Vol. 341, pp. 158-176). (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing; Vol. 341). Cham, Switzerland: Springer-Verlag London Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11395-7_15