Attitudes Towards Cloud Computing Adoption in Emerging Economies

Attitudes Towards Cloud Computing Adoption in Emerging Economies

Mohammad Alsharo (Al Albayt University, School of Information Technology, Mafraq, Jordan)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/IJCAC.2017070102

Abstract

Cloud computing is perceived to be the trend of the future as software and hardware turn into the new utility. This study aims to investigate the attitudes of IT professionals and decision makers in emerging economies towards cloud computing. The study also investigates the opportunities and concerns which IT professionals and decision makers have regarding adopting cloud computing in their organizations. This study was carried out in Jordan and the researchers used semi-structured interviews as a research methodology. The theoretical foundation for this research is found in the Diffusion of Innovation Theory. The findings suggest that IT professionals and decision makers in Jordan have positive attitudes towards cloud computing and the adoption rate is increasing at a rapid pace. Relative advantage in terms of cost reduction is a major adoption driver, while compatibility with organizations policies and culture is a major concern. The findings also suggest that government and small to medium-sized enterprises are the major adopters and large enterprises are lagging behind.
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Cloud Computing

Cloud computing generated a considerable amount of interest in both business and academia. While some research demonstrates concerns that cloud computing could be another technology hyperbole (Buyya et al., 2009), the majority argue that cloud computing is the next generation of information technology which delivers the promise of computing utility (Armbrust et al., 2010; Zhang et al., 2010). The Diffusion of Innovation Theory offers a justification for the anticipated adoption of cloud computing in emerging economies. That is cloud computing is currently gaining momentum and it is in the process of diffusion (Rogers, 2003). In this section, we discuss the benefits of cloud computing with an emphasis on emerging economies, and we present selected cloud computing frameworks introduced in the literature.

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