Cloud Computing: a Tool for the Development of SME’s
Gifty Love Cromwell
Gifty Love Cromwell, School of Management Studies, Yangtze University, China, Kumasi Technical University, Kumasi-Ghana.
Manuscript received on February 05, 2017. | Revised Manuscript received on February 17, 2017. | Manuscript published on February 25, 2017. | PP: 11-20 | Volume-4 Issue-8, February 2017. | Retrieval Number: H1143024817
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Abstract: Cloud Computing has emerged an effective Information technology engine. This has become imperative due to advancement and technology innovation and its adoption for enterprises, businesses and organizations to aid them stay competitive. After a normative study, comparing and contrasting problems SME’s face in their quest for development, this research found out lack of funds and IT needs as in infrastructure as greater problem in all spheres of life which researchers have mentioned CC to be the solution to it but as to how SME’s could migrate to CC has been scarce or a lacking factor. This research, however, contributes to a body of knowledge and existing literatures on CC bringing out a lucid and conceptual evidence to aid the none existence or scarcity of information on whether CC is new and how SME’s can migrate into CC. It tries to explain what development means in SME’s perspective, it further finds the key factors that influence the success and failure of SME’s, and the role CC can play in the development of SME’s. In addition it talks about CC, some additional features, types, some service providers of CC, implementation and deployment models and its advantages. It further provides the business perspective of cloud computing vs. virtualization and related technologies of CC and finally presents ways SME’s could migrate into CC which are guidelines for SME’s especially in Sub-Saharan African’s development since technology is now the drive force. Future research will consider the technological use and empirical security measures of CC.
Keywords: Cloud Computing, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s), Development, Technology Innovation, Virtualization, Migration.