Competing on the Cloud: A Review and Synthesis of Potential Benefits and Possible Pitfalls

Ram Pakath

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Cloud computing is currently receiving unprecedented levels of attention despite the fact that opinion on the prospects for successful cloud adoption is both conflicting and divided. In this article, we examine the potential benefits and limitations of cloud adoption from the perspective of a client firm’s competitive priorities, identifying business motivators for each priority, mechanisms deployed in pursuing each priority, and the possible costs impacts and potential returns impacts of mechanism deployment in the context of each priority. This research is intended to add to the growing body of available business value-focused cloud computing studies and provides an additional vantage point for further conceptual and empirical work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

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  • benefits
  • cloud computing
  • competitive priorities
  • costs
  • impacts
  • limitations
  • mechanisms
  • motivators
  • returns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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