Cloud Computing in Supply Chain

Cloud-based solutions allow ... firms to quickly and effectively identify, experiment with, and deploy external technical solutions without compromising operational efficiency (Aral et al., 2010)

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Today most organisational operations, including supply chains, are powered by IT. Flexible technologies are becoming increasingly important and the topic of 'cloud computing' is generating a lot of interest (Schramm et al., 2011). Cloud-based computing allows companies to lease their digital assets while computers, data centres, applications and databases are located somewhere 'in the cloud', not on a company's premises. Cloud offerings can be rented, thus allowing the company to shift IT from a capital expense to an operating expense. Vendors are generally responsible for maintenance, administration, capacity planning, troubleshooting and backups (McAfee, 2011).

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