Big Data and Cloud Computing: A Review of Supply Chain Capabilities and Challenges

Big Data and Cloud Computing: A Review of Supply Chain Capabilities and Challenges

Marcus Tanque (Independent Researcher, USA) and Harry J. Foxwell (George Mason University, USA)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 28
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2947-7.ch001
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Abstract

Big data and cloud computing are transforming information technology. These comparable technologies are the result of dramatic developments in computational power, virtualization, network bandwidth, availability, storage capability, and cyber-physical systems. The crossroads of these two areas, involves the use of cloud computing services and infrastructure, to support large-scale data analytics research, providing relevant solutions or future possibilities for supply chain management. This chapter broadens the current posture of cloud computing and big data, as associate with the supply chain solutions. This chapter focuses on areas of significant technology and scientific advancements, which are likely to enhance supply chain systems. This evaluation emphasizes the security challenges and mega-trends affecting cloud computing and big data analytics pertaining to supply chain management.
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Big data and cloud computing offer organizations relative and cost-effective advantages. Aside from cloud and big data technology continuous adoption, decision makers are concerned about user’s privacy and data security/protection (Gartner, 2009; Gartner, 2012). Privacy and data protection are both vital IT solutions for logistic functions and supply chain. Any violation of business and IT infrastructures could impact an organization's productivity. High security for distributed systems in supply chain can be regarded as superior solutions for protecting the enterprise IT infrastructures that are physically dispersed in several locations worldwide. The advantages big data and cloud computing have include: cost-effectiveness, pay-per-use, rapid readiness of resources, acquiring extra bandwidth, hardware and software resource-leasing. Through proportional and economic advantages, organizations have the option for not acquiring extra IT computer system hardware and applications software. Cloud services providers or managed service providers are responsible for ensuring that scalable technology is developed that can fulfill information technology and supply chain organizations' requirements (Gartner, 2009; Gartner, 2012).

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