Integration between Cloud Computing Benefits and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Processes to Improve Organization's Performance

Integration between Cloud Computing Benefits and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Processes to Improve Organization's Performance

Sana'a Al-nsour (The World Islamic Sciences and Education University, Amman, Jordan), Haroun Alryalat (The World Islamic Sciences and Education University, Amman, Jordan) and Samer Alhawari (The World Islamic Sciences and Education University, Amman, Jordan)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/ijcac.2014040105
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Abstract

Due to the rapid growth in the electronic business, information technology has become very necessary for building up efficiency and effective transactions among organizations. Consequently, Cloud Computing (CC) becomes a very important area to achieve the organization's performance. The process of integration between Cloud Computing (CC) and the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is a new research area. Therefore, scientific research and literature review related to Cloud Computing and CRM processes are limited. Yet, the impact of Cloud Computing on CRM processes remains under exploration and investigation. To this effect, this paper takes on a holistic approach that examines the combined effects of Cloud Computing Benefits (cost and ease of use) and CRM processes (customer acquisition, customer retention and customer expansion) on organization's performance. It also presents a conceptual framework for Cloud Computing and CRM processes, based on the analysis of various models presented in Cloud Computing and CRM processes. The main emphasis is focused on the concept of Cloud Computing Benefits (cost and ease of use) and CRM processes (customer acquisition, customer retention and customer expansion) by examining some reasons that make the organization interested in using this modern technology from one hand and how Cloud Computing can encourage organizations to implement CRM to improve their performance on the other. Therefore, this paper contributes to develop three models: Cloud Computing Benefits, CRM process, and integration between the Cloud Computing and CRM process to improve organization performance model. Also, it describes more valid factors to identify how an organization deals with its performance in the future by providing an advice for the Information Technology (IT) industry as how an analytical integration between Cloud Computing Benefits and CRM process improves organization's performance – something that should be taken into account in developing countries to attain a competitive advantage. This study is divided in three sections: Literature Review, Research Model, and Conclusion.
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2. Literature Review

This section gives the reader an over-view on different contributions associated with the Cloud Computing and CRM.

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