Cloud Computing in Supply Chain


Cloud-based technology offers new ways of monitoring critical supply-chain processes. The concept describes the term and provides some practical information for professionals interested in partnering with cloud computing service providers to deploy their technologies.

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Cloud Computing in Supply Chain

Cloud Computing in Supply Chain Definition

'Cloud' computing is an offering of raw computing capacity (Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)), computers that are ready for software (Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)), and software (Software-as-a-Service (SAAS)) available for rent by companies. Vendors of cloud computing are generally responsible for maintenance, administration, capacity planning, troubleshooting and backups of their products. Most of the cloud software developed to date applies to customer relationship management, productivity and collaborative organisational processes (McAfee, 2011).

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  • Aral. S., Sundararajan, A. and Xin, M. (2010) Developing Competitive Advantage in the Cloud: Qualitative Findings. Harvard Business Review. 8 December.
  • Broughton, P.D. (2010) Cloud Computing is Not a Passing Shower. Financial Times. 6 December.
  • ComuterWeekly.com (2009) Cloud Computing: The Answer to Supply Chain Woes. April. [online] Available at: (www.computerweekly.com/feature/Cloud-computing-The-answer-to-supply-chain-woes) [Accessed: 30 January 2012].
  • Financial Times (2010) Corporate IT Leaders Face More Demands: McKinsey Guest Column. 2 December.

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