Information technology

1. Why companies approach Saas ldquoCloud Computingrdquo is becoming increasingly relevant, as it will enable companies involved in spreading this technology to open the doors to Web 3.0. In this work the basic features of cloud computing are presented and compared with those of the original technology: Grid Computing.

The new categories of services introduced will slowly replace many types of computational resources currently used. In this perspective, grid computing, the basic element for the large scale supply of cloud services, will play a fundamental role in defining how those services will be provided. The paper describes the concept of computational resources outsourcing, referred to computational grids and a real application. This work utilises the results by the Cybersar Project managed by the COSMOLAB Consortium (Italy). Published in: Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies, 2008. ICADIWT 2008. First International Conference on the Date of Conference: 4-6 Aug. 2008 Page(s): 113 - 118 E-ISBN : 978-1-4244-2624-9 Print ISBN: 978-1-4244-2623-2

Author(s) Aymerich, F.M. Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Cagliari, Cagliari Fenu, G. ; Surcis, S.

Understanding the determinants of cloud computing adoption

Document Information: Title: Understanding the determinants of cloud computing adoption Author(s): Chinyao Low, (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Douliou, Taiwan, Republic of China), Yahsueh Chen, (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Douliou, Taiwan, Republic of China), Mingchang Wu, (Graduate School of Technological & Vocational Education, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Douliou, Taiwan, Republic of China) Citation:

Chinyao Low, Yahsueh Chen, Mingchang Wu, (2011) "Understanding the determinants of cloud computing adoption", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 111 Iss: 7, pp.1006 - 1023 Keywords: Cloud computing, Information technology operations, Republic of China, Taiwan, Technology adoption, Technology-organisation-environment Article type: Research paper DOI: 10.1108/02635571111161262 (Permanent URL) Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the factors that affect the adoption of cloud computing by firms belonging to the high-tech industry. The eight factors examined in this study are relative advantage, complexity, compatibility, top management support, firm size, technology readiness, competitive pressure, and trading partner pressure. Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire-based survey was used to collect data from 111 firms belonging to the high-tech industry in Taiwan.

Relevant hypotheses were derived and tested by logistic regression analysis. Findings – The findings revealed that relative advantage, top management support, firm size, competitive pressure, and trading partner pressure characteristics have a significant effect on the adoption of cloud computing. Research limitations/implications – The research was conducted in the high-tech industry, which may limit the generalisability of the findings.

Practical implications – The findings offer cloud computing service providers with a better understanding of what affects cloud computing adoption characteristics, with relevant insight on current promotions. Originality/value – The research contributes to the application of new technology cloud computing adoption in the high-tech industry through the use of a wide range of variables. The findings also help firms consider their information technologies investments when implementing cloud computing.