Cloud computing : how does it differ from IT outsourcing and what are the implications for practice and research?

Yigitbasioglu, Ogan, MacKenzie, Kim, & Low, Rouhshi (2013) Cloud computing : how does it differ from IT outsourcing and what are the implications for practice and research? The International Journal of Digital Accounting Research, 13, pp. 99-121.

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The purpose of this paper is to provide an evolutionary perspective of cloud computing (CC) by integrating two previously disparate literatures: CC and information technology outsourcing (ITO). We review the literature and develop a framework that highlights the demand for the CC service, benefits, risks, as well as risk mitigation strategies that are likely to influence the success of the service.

CC success in organisations and as a technology overall is a function of (i) the outsourcing decision and supplier selection, (ii) contractual and relational governance, and (iii) industry standards and legal framework. Whereas CC clients have little control over standards and/or the legal framework, they are able to influence other factors to maximize the benefits while limiting the risks.

This paper provides guidelines for (potential) cloud computing users with respect to the outsourcing decision, vendor selection, service-level-agreements, and other issues that need to be addressed when opting for CC services. We contribute to the literature by providing an evolutionary and holistic view of CC that draws on the extensive literature and theory of ITO. We conclude the paper with a number of research paths that future researchers can follow to advance the knowledge in this field.

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ID Code: 63739
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: cloud computing, information technology (IT) outsourcing, risk mitigation, software as a service (SAAS)
DOI: 10.4192/1577-8517-v13_4
ISSN: 2340-5058
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2013 02:15
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2016 06:38

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