The Adoption of Cloud Computing by SMEs: Identifying and Coping with External Factors

Fátima Trindade Neves, Fernando Cruz Marta, Ana Maria Ramalho Correia, Miguel de Castro Neto

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The recent development of Cloud Computing (CC) provides a convincing opportunity for organizations to outsource their Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Although its popularity is increasing rapidly, there are concerns that must be taken into account. This paper ascertains the most relevant issues associated with the political, economic, social and technological factors concerning CC adoption. The research described is based on a scoping review to identify relevant studies published in the literature recently. The aim is to provide an overview of the most recent findings in the Cloud Computing environment, which can inform strategic decision-making by Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCAPSI 2011 - 11ª Conferência da Associação Portuguesa de Sistemas de Informação
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Cloud Computing, Strategic Analysis, PEST Analysis, Technology Adoption, Small to Medium-sized Enterprises, SME, Qualitative research methods
  • Scoping review


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