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Migrating software products to the cloud: an adaptive STS perspective.

Werfs, Marc; Baxter, Gordon; Allison, Ian K.; Sommerville, Ian

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Marc Werfs

Gordon Baxter

Ian K. Allison

Ian Sommerville



Abstract

Cloud computing, as a disruptive innovation, has the potential to adversely affect companies. The effects can be particularly extreme for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Subsequently, considerations of organisational resilience should be made when integrating with disruptive innovations like cloud computing. This paper reports of a longitudinal study investigating how a set of SME high-value software vendors are migrating their software products to the cloud. Adaptive socio-technical systems (ASTSs) concepts are used to provide a framework for understanding the adoption process. This study draws out a set of macro and micro themes relating to key phases of strategy development, the migration process and the impact on customer perceptions. From the findings, more systemic and holistic approaches are identified to address key tensions through the adoption life cycle while considering organisational resilience.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 31, 2013
Journal Journal of international technology and information management
Print ISSN 1543-5962
Electronic ISSN 1941-6679
Publisher International Information Management Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 3
Pages 37-54
Institution Citation WERFS, M., BAXTER, G., ALLISON, I. K. and SOMMERVILLE, I. 2013. Migrating software products to the cloud: an adaptive STS perspective. Journal of international technology and information management [online], 22(3), pp. 37-54. Available from: https://scholarworks.li....edu/jitim/vol22/iss3/3
Keywords Cloud computing; Software businesses; SMEs; Cloud adoption
Publisher URL https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/jitim/vol22/iss3/3

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