Cloud computing adoption model for universities to increase ICT proficiency

Safiya Okai, Mueen Uddin, Amad Arshad, Raed Alsaqour, Asadullah Shah

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Abstract

Universities around the world especially those in developing countries are faced with the problem of delivering the level of information and communications technology (ICT) needed to facilitate teaching, learning, research, and development activities ideal in a typical university, which is needed to meet educational needs in-line with advancement in technology and the growing dependence on IT. This is mainly due to the high cost involved in providing and maintaining the needed hardware and software. A technology such as cloud computing that delivers on demand provisioning of IT resources on a pay per use basis can be used to address this problem. Cloud computing promises better delivery of IT services as well as availability whenever and wherever needed at reduced costs with users paying only as much as they consume through the services of cloud service providers. The cloud technology reduces complexity while increasing speed and quality of IT services provided; however, despite these benefits the challenges that come with its adoption have left many sectors especially the higher education skeptical in committing to this technology. This article identifies the reasons for the slow rate of adoption of cloud computing at university level, discusses the challenges faced and proposes a cloud computing adoption model that contains strategic guidelines to overcome the major challenges identified and a roadmap for the successful adoption of cloud computing by universities. The model was tested in one of the universities and found to be both useful and appropriate for adopting cloud computing at university level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalSAGE Open
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Cloud adoption challenges
  • Cloud adoption model
  • Cloud computing
  • ICT

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Cloud computing adoption model for universities to increase ICT proficiency. / Okai, Safiya; Uddin, Mueen; Arshad, Amad; Alsaqour, Raed; Shah, Asadullah.

In: SAGE Open, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2014, p. 1-10.

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Okai, S, Uddin, M, Arshad, A, Alsaqour, R & Shah, A 2014, 'Cloud computing adoption model for universities to increase ICT proficiency', SAGE Open, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244014546461
Okai, Safiya ; Uddin, Mueen ; Arshad, Amad ; Alsaqour, Raed ; Shah, Asadullah. / Cloud computing adoption model for universities to increase ICT proficiency. In: SAGE Open. 2014 ; Vol. 4, No. 3. pp. 1-10.
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