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An assessment model for Enterprise Clouds adoption

Nasir, Usman

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Usman Nasir



Abstract

Context: Enterprise Cloud Computing (or Enterprise Clouds) is using the Cloud Computing services by a large-scale organisation to migrate its existing IT services or use new Cloud based services. There are many issues and challenges that are barrier to the adoption of Enterprise Clouds. The adoption challenges have to be addressed for better assimilation of Cloud based services within the organisation.

Objective: The aim of this research was to develop an assessment model for adoption of Enterprise Clouds.

Method: Key challenges reported as barrier in adoption of Cloud Computing were identified from literature using the Systematic Literature Review methodology. A survey research was carried out to elicit industrial approaches and practices from Cloud Computing experts that help in overcoming the key challenges. Both key challenges and practices were used in formulating the assessment model.

Results: The results have highlighted that key challenges in the adoption of Enterprise Clouds are security & reliability concerns, resistance to change, vendor lock-in issues, data privacy and difficulties in application and service migration. The industrial practices to overcome these challenges are: planning and executing pilot project, assessment of IT needs, use of open source APIs, involvement of legal team in vendor selection, identification of the processes to change, involvement of senior executive as change champion, using vendor partners to support application/service migration to Cloud Computing and creating employee awareness about Cloud Computing services.

Conclusion: Using the key challenges and practices, the assessment model was developed that assesses an organisation’s readiness to adopt Enterprise Clouds. The model measures the readiness in four dimensions: technical, legal & compliance, IT capabilities and end user readiness for the adoption of Enterprise Clouds. The model’s result can help the organisation in overcoming the adoption challenges for successful assimilation of newly deployed or migrated IT services on Enterprise Clouds.

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Nasir, U. (2017). An assessment model for Enterprise Clouds adoption

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