Factors that lead to successful cloud computing adoption in Irish small and medium-sized enterprises

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Black, Douglas
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MBA in Cloud Computing
Dublin Business School
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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