Affiliations: [a] School of Management and Enterprise, University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia | [b] School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences, University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
Corresponding author. Omar Ali, School of Management and Enterprise, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia. Tel.: +61 411 593 870; E-mail: [email protected].
Abstract: Technology plays an important role in helping organizations control quality and costs, and take advantage of opportunities in a highly competitive and increasingly complex business environment. Cloud computing offers greater access to computing power, storage, software, and remote data centres through the web. This research aims to confirm the factors to be considered for cloud computing adoption in Australian regional municipal governments. The research involved data from interviews with IT managers from selected regional municipal governments, and survey data from 480 IT staff across 47 regional municipal governments. The major factors to be considered for the adoption of cloud computing in regional municipal governments were identified as Internet connectivity, Internet speed, availability, reliability, data storage location, security, data sovereignty, cost, integration, data backup, provider dependability, employees’ knowledge, and transportability. The findings of this research may help managers increase their awareness about factors to be considered when regional municipal governments planning to adopt cloud computing.
Keywords: Cloud computing, factors, adoption, regional municipal governments