Migrating to cloud computing is one of the current enterprise challenges. In this sense, the small and medium enterprise should be the most interested, given that initial investments are avoided and the technology offers gradual implementation. However, 54.9 % of SMEs confess that they have no knowledge of cloud technology. Accordingly, this paper aims at generating a relevant profile of cloud computing technology, as the first part of a novel approach based on four families of technological forecasting methods to gather and structure information concerning an emerging technology, generating a relevant profile, identifying its past development, forecasting the short and medium-term evolution and integrating all of the elements graphically into a hybrid roadmap. The outcome of the approach will raise the awareness of such technology as well as facilitate its implementation.
Author(s): Iñaki Bildosola, Rosa Rio-Bélver, Ernesto Cilleruelo, Javier Gavilanes
Organization(s): University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU
Source: Engineering Systems and Networks:The Way Ahead for Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (Springer International Publishing)