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Improving the adoption of cloud computing by small & medium scale enterprise (SMEs) in Nigeria

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dc.contributor.advisor Mnkandla, Ernest Young, Destiny Assian 2015-10-09T16:49:13Z 2015-10-09T16:49:13Z 2015-08
dc.identifier.citation Young, Destiny Assian (2015) Improving the adoption of cloud computing by Small & Medium Scale Enterprise (SMEs in Nigeria, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract In a traditional business environment, companies set up their organisation’s IT data infrastructure, install their applications and carry out the maintenance and management of their infrastructures. Whereas Cloud computing removes the need for companies to set up own data centers and run enterprise applications. Cloud computing technology provides businesses with the advantage of on-demand access, agility, scalability, flexibility and reduced cost of computing. An appreciable increase is being observed in the acceptance and migration to this new IT model in developing economies. In Nigeria, it has been observed that there is a somewhat unimpressive rate of adoption of Cloud computing by the microfinance operators. This research investigates the reason for the slow adoption of Cloud computing by SMEs in Nigeria with special consideration to the Microfinance subsector and to develop a model for improving the adoption of cloud computing by microfinance organisations. The research was conducted using a qualitative research design method. Interview was the main data collection instrument and data collected was analysed using thematic content analysis method. The analysis of the study revealed that SMEs in Nigeria, with particular reference to microfinance subsector in Akwa Ibom State are yet fully to embrace cloud technology. It was discovered that most of the SMEs studied, has some level of reservation about cloud computing arising from not having appropriate education and enlightenment about the cloud economic offerings and potentials. From the outcome of the research, the researcher identified that most people’s concerns are as a result of lack of knowledge about cloud computing and so the researcher concluded that appropriate enlightenment by industry stakeholders, cloud service providers, cloud enthusiasts and even the government on the risks and overwhelming economic incentives of cloud computing as well as the provision of a monitored free trial services will encourage the adoption of cloud computing by SMEs. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (ix, 126 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject ATU en
dc.subject BIU en
dc.subject Cloud adoption en
dc.subject Cloud computing en
dc.subject Cloud end-user en
dc.subject Cloud service providers en
dc.subject Data security en
dc.subject Microfinance en
dc.subject PU en
dc.subject PEOU en
dc.subject IT en
dc.subject Nigeria en
dc.subject SMEs en
dc.subject Vendors en
dc.subject.ddc 004.67820338709669
dc.subject.lcsh Cloud computing -- Business enterprises -- Nigeria en
dc.subject.lcsh Cloud computing -- Economic aspects -- Nigeria en
dc.subject.lcsh Digital communication -- Nigeria en
dc.subject.lcsh Business enterprises -- Computer networks -- Security measures -- Nigeria en
dc.subject.lcsh Small business -- Nigeria en
dc.subject.lcsh Microfinance -- Nigeria en
dc.title Improving the adoption of cloud computing by small & medium scale enterprise (SMEs) in Nigeria en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department College of Engineering, Science and Technology en M.Tech. (Information Technology)

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