Title: Factors affecting cloud computing adoption: perspectives of IT professionals

Authors: Ibrahim M. Al-Jabri; Mohammed H. Alabdulhadi

Addresses: Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems, College of Industrial Management, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia ' Saudi Aramco Company, P.O. Box 9766, Dhahran, 31311, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: The purpose of this research is to study the factors affecting cloud computing adoption. This study used the technology-organisation-environment (TOE) framework as a baseline for the factors affecting cloud computing adoption. The specific factors in the TOE framework are relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, organisational readiness, top management support, competitive pressure, and business partner pressure. An online-based survey was employed to collect data from 106 IT managers, IT consultants, and IT professionals working in Saudi organisations. Using binary logistic regression analysis, the results revealed that top management is positively and significantly associated with the likelihood of cloud computing adoption. The findings offer organisations and cloud computing service providers with better understanding of factors affecting the adoption of cloud computing.

Keywords: technology organisation environment; TOE; cloud computing adoption; relative advantage; compatibility; complexity; organisational readiness; top management; competitive pressure; business partner pressure; IT professionals; Saudi Arabia; technology adoption.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2016.080215

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2016 Vol.23 No.4, pp.389 - 405

Received: 26 Mar 2015
Accepted: 29 May 2015

Published online: 08 Nov 2016 *

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