Cloud computing services for the small and medium enterprises: Key considerations for sourcing sustainable business value

Prasad, Acklesh & Green, Peter (2015) Cloud computing services for the small and medium enterprises: Key considerations for sourcing sustainable business value. In 2015 International Symposium on Accounting Information Systems, 29-30 October 2015, Orlando, FL.


The concept of cloud computing services (CCS) is appealing to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). However, while there is a significant push by various authorities on SMEs to adopt the CCS, knowledge of the key considerations to adopt the CCS is very limited. We use the technology-organization-environment (TOE) framework to suggest that a strategic and incremental intent, understanding the organizational structure and culture, understanding the external factors, and consideration of the human resource capacity can contribute to sustainable business value from CCS. Using survey data, we find evidence of a positive association between these considerations and the CCS-related business objectives. We also find evidence of positive association between the CCS-related business objectives and CCS-related financial objectives. The results suggest that the proposed considerations can ensure sustainable business value from the CCS. This study provides guidance to SMEs on a path to adopting the CCS with the intention of a long-term commitment and achieving sustainable business value from these services.

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ID Code: 93184
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Cloud Computing, Small and Medium Enterprises
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2016 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2016 18:27

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