Confronting, Confirming, and Dispelling Myths Surrounding ERP-in-the-Cloud

Tanya Beaulieu, Todd C. Martin, Saonee Sarker, Niels Bjørn-Andersen

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    Abstract

    Although cloud computing is still in its infancy, it is rapidly becoming one of the most used buzzwords in the IS/IT field and ERP-systems are one of the fastest growing SaaS cloud applications. However, given the relative newness of ERP
    cloud computing, and the lack of empirical research on the topic, there is substantial uncertainty surrounding the benefits and challenges of ERP cloud computing. Consequently, as often is the case with new technologies, popular myths surrounding the technology are used to make adoption and implementation decisions. As a first step toward providing an informed understanding about the true challenges related to ERP cloud computing, it is important to examine these myths in an effort to dispel or support them. In this paper, we attempt to achieve that. Specifically, we explore eight myths related to cloud-based ERP systems through a study involving in-depth interviews with stakeholders related to an ERP cloud-based solution. Our results dispel some of
    the myths, while supporting others, and highlight how ERP vendors work around the different types of challenges surrounding this technology. Our study also helps understand the benefits of ERP cloud computing, and informs about
    how cloud-based ERP systems will free organizations from the information system “iron cage” and lead to agile organizations.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAIS Transactions on Enterprise Systems
    Volume1
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)3-16
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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