The purpose of this dissertation is to explore the factors that lead to successful cloud
computing adoption in Irish SMEs. The literature suggests that cloud computing is the latest
technology trend that promises to redefine the delivery of technology in the hugely important.
The model of operational expenditure, scalability and a global reach, that is beyond the reach
of most SMEs, are seen as disruptive but enabling features of cloud computing. The internal
and external competitive forces prevailing in the Irish market provide a suitable backdrop to
the research and the Irish government has many initiatives aimed at job creation in the
technology and SME sectors and developing export markets.
The Irish SME and technology sector are central focus for government initiatives and
support, and Dublin is touted as the Cloud Computing capital of the world. However, does
the intention support the reality that faces Irish SMEs and can this be a factor in the success
of adopting cloud computing.
The findings give a different perspective and SMEs are finding that factors affecting
successful cloud computing adoption are in contrast to the literature. This research concludes
by identifying the factors that lead to the success of cloud computing adoption by Irish SMEs. Author keywords: Cloud computing, SME, technology adoption