Cloud Computing in Developing Economies
IEEE Computer, Vol. 43, No. 10, pp. 47-55, 2010
22 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2012
Date Written: 2010
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
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