Title: Exploring the economic value of a cloud computing solution and its contribution to green IT

Authors: Dietmar Nedbal; Mark Stieninger

Addresses: Research Unit Digital Business, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Wehrgrabengasse 1-3, 4400 Steyr, Austria ' Research Unit Digital Business, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Wehrgrabengasse 1-3, 4400 Steyr, Austria

Abstract: Cloud computing has become a commonly accepted outsourcing business model in the last couple of years. Additionally, organisations are also becoming more aware of the necessity to adopt 'green' technologies. This article highlights synergistic effects between cloud computing solutions and green IT. After a general introduction, a case study in the field of e-invoicing serves as testimonial for a discussion on aspects concerning the economic value and on potentials regarding energy efficiency. Results from this case indicate that both costs and carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by more than a half by using an integrated cloud computing solution with still potential remaining when integrating business processes and services on the cross-organisational level.

Keywords: cloud computing; green IT; SaaS; business services; case study; energy efficiency; carbon dioxide; CO2; carbon emissions; service economics; transaction costs; total cost of ownership; TCO; green information technology; e-invoicing; electronic invoicing; economic value; software as a service; outsourcing; business models.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPIM.2014.060605

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, 2014 Vol.7 No.1, pp.62 - 72

Available online: 22 Apr 2014 *

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