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Cloud Computing in Developing Economies

IEEE Computer, Vol. 43, No. 10, pp. 47-55, 2010

22 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2012  

Nir Kshetri

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Bryan School of Business & Economics

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Global and local IT players, national governments and international agencies are paying significant attention to the cloud computing sector of developing economies. Regarding the potential and impact of cloud computing in the developing world, however, findings and conclusions drawn from surveys, studies and experiences of companies are confusing and remarkably inconsistent. In theory, it is possible for a developing world-based firm to have access to the same infrastructure and applications that the developed world has. However, there is little, if any, empirical evidence which shows how effectively these theories, ideas and speculations can translate into practice. In this paper, we examine the current state of and the opportunities afforded by cloud computing in developing economies. We also analyze barriers to taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by the cloud in these economies.

Keywords: Cloud computing, software as a service, cyber-espionage, developing world, e-education

JEL Classification: O19, O57

Suggested Citation

Kshetri, Nir, Cloud Computing in Developing Economies (2010). IEEE Computer, Vol. 43, No. 10, pp. 47-55, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2015387

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