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A Business Analysis of Cloud Computing: Data Security and Contract Lock-in Issues.

Opara-Martins, J., Sahandi, R. and Tian, F., 2015. A Business Analysis of Cloud Computing: Data Security and Contract Lock-in Issues. In: Workshop-SecureSysComm 2015: Workshop on Security and Privacy in Systems and Communication Networks, 4--6 November 2015, Krakow, Poland.

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The widespread adoption of cloud computing services has a wide range of sourcing issues that companies must take into consideration when they standardize and automate their IT service delivery. In this respect, our paper identifies risks and opportunities of cloud computing which affect organisations’ cloud adoption decisions. The research method used is based on a quantitative online survey questionnaire of 114 UK business respondents including IT professionals, managers, and decision- makers. The study results show that despite the business benefits for moving IT service consumption and delivery from on-premise to the cloud environment, the following risks are exacerbated: security, data privacy and contract lock-in. The outcome of the survey suggests that related concerns can be strategically mitigated. This can be done by negotiating cloud contracts to be more closely aligned to address business specific security and lock-in risks in cloud-based sourcing. Based on the outcome, the paper provides guidance to support the decision-making process on investment into cloud computing implementation to meet the organisations’ business objectives with related concerns

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:cloud computing security; data privacy; enterprise cloud adoption; cloud contract; contract lock-in
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:22894
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:16 Nov 2015 14:03
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:54


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