Title: Cost benefit analysis of cloud computing in education

Authors: Kiran Bala Nayar; Vikas Kumar

Addresses: JJT University, Jhunjhunu, 333001, Rajasthan, India ' School of Business Studies, Sharda University, Plot No. 32–34, Knowledge Park-3, Greater Noida, 201306, UP, India

Abstract: Application of cloud computing in education not only relieves the educational institutions from the burden of handling the complex IT infrastructure management as well as maintenance activities, but also leads to huge cost savings. Along with many industry sectors, education sector would be largely benefited by adopting cloud services. Cloud promises to deliver affordable, reliable and flexible computing solutions to the education sector and enable it to compete more effectively with bigger organisations. The motive of this paper is to analyse the approach that has been followed to identify the benefits and limitations of cloud computing. Specific case of a lab setup has been taken to illustrate the financial aspects. A comparative analysis of cloud-based hosting versus conventional (on-premise) application deployment has also been presented.

Keywords: cloud computing challenges; information and communication technology; ICT; total cost of investment; TCO; return of investment; ROI; cost factors; ROI factors.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2018.089112

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2018 Vol.27 No.2, pp.205 - 221

Received: 12 Jan 2016
Accepted: 23 Jul 2016

Published online: 07 Jan 2018 *

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