A Metrics Suite of Cloud Computing Adoption Readiness

Robert J. Kauffman, Dan Ma*, Martin Yu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recent research on cloud computing adoption suggests the lack of a deep understanding of its benefits by managers and organizations. We present a firm-level cloud computing readiness metrics suite and assess its applicability for various cloud computing service types. We propose four relevant categories for firm-level adoption readiness, including technology and performance, organization and strategy, economic and valuation, and regulatory and environmental dimensions. We further define sub-categories and measures for each. Our evidence of the appropriateness of the metrics suite is derived based on a series of empirical cases developed from our project work, which encompasses input from field interviews, business press sources, industry white papers, non-governmental organizations, and government agency sources. We also assess how the application of the metrics suite supports organizational users of cloud computing.
Original languageEnglish
JournalElectronic Markets
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)11-37
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Adoption readiness
  • Cloud computing
  • Empirical assessment
  • Managerial decision-making
  • Metrics suite
  • Technology adoption

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