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Research Proposal Cloud Computing

Research Proposal Cloud Computing

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RESEARCH PROPOSAL
CLOUD BASED ERP : BENEFIT AND PITFALLS
LIVERPOOL BUSINESS SCHOOLMODULE LEADER: Mr. ALEX WATTMODULE GUIDE : Mr. BOB MCLELLAND
 
 
RESEARCH SKILLS ANALYSIS (MGTMIM001 2009-2010)
 
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INTRODUCTION........................................................................................ 3
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AIM.......................................................................................................... 4
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OBJECTIVES ..........................................................................................4
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LITERATURE REVIEW ...........................................................................53.
 
METHODOLOGY .....................................................................................84.
 
METHODS ..................................................................................................13
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INTERVIEWS ........................................................................................
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SAMPLING ............................................................................................
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CASE SELECTION ......................................................................
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DATA ANALYSIS ...............................................................................
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ETHICS .......................................................................................................166.
 
RESEARCH SUITABILITY ....................................................................167.
 
PROJECT MANAGEMENT ....................................................................178.
 
REFERENCES ...........................................................................................189.
 
APPENDIX .................................................................................................
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RESEARCH SKILLS ANALYSIS (MGTMIM001 2009-2010)
 
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INTRODUCTION
Cloud computing is a new buzzword in the business industry today. The idea leading to cloudcomputing paradigm is that the computing resources and software are available to the enduser, whether an organisation or an individual, in a virtualized environment (cloud) and theuser can access it on demand and using a µpay as you go¶ approach. These services inindustry are respectively referred to as Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), Platform as aService (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) (Hayes, 2009). One of the issues faced bythe organisations in the world today is need to make the organisational data globallyaccessible while taking into account the intra organisational and extra-organisational data anda cloud can be a very enabling medium for achieving this.Enterprise resource planning software is a monolithic piece of software that integrates theentire organisation into one giant entity while capturing, changing and automating theorganisational processes. The decision to implement an ERP is a very important decision andis a onetime affair in most of the organizations of small and medium size. Chances of asuccessful implementation of an ERP in an organisation are less. Also, it takes sizeableamount of manpower, cost and effort to deploy and maintain the ERP. An entire ERPapplication being outsourced is a relatively new idea and has been under discussionfrequently for its advantages and some latent disadvantages. In today¶s world with sucheconomic conditions, it becomes imperative for an organization to reduce its operating costswhile increasing overall efficiency with the same amount of resources and to fulfil consumer demands simultaneously. This is where a cloud based ERP can really help an organisation, if not for some very pertinent disadvantages that have to be overcome to make this a moreviable option to a ³best of breed´ or an off the shelf ERP solution, globally.A cloud based ERP is fundamentally different from the traditional ERP as it is designed fromscratch to provide a web based service to the customer. It shifts the main responsibility of theinfrastructure required by the organisation to an external service provider that specializes in providing web based services. µCyberinfrastructure¶ makes the deployment of the businesssystems easier and increases the scope of the applications that could be realised within theorganisational constraints such as budget and time. One of the major advantages is that theuser is abstracted from the maintenance of the software. A cloud based ERP can provide an

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