Effective use of cloud resources to spur business growth

Effective use of cloud resources to spur business growth


POINT OF VIEW

Cloud services provide many benefits to business, including reduced upfront costs and [options to] "pay-as-you-use". They allow a company to accelerate it's innovation efforts without extensive initial investments in IT hardware and software.

Ouh Eng Lieh

Assistant Professor of Computer Science (Education)


In brief

  • On-premises cloud deployment (Private Cloud) allows cloud resources to be used exclusively by one organisation. While more secure, it is also more expensive to run and maintain.
  • Off-premises cloud deployment (Public Cloud) allows cloud resources to be used by multiple organisations using cloud resources operated by a third party. This solution is cheaper than the private cloud but has security concerns that come with it.
  • Hybrid Cloud services are the best of both worlds because they combine private and public clouds, giving organisations greater flexibility. However, while it shares the advantages of both public and private clouds, it also shares their disadvantages.

The variety and delivery of cloud services have been improving over the years.  More and more businesses have started to adopt these services to reduce upfront and ongoing costs and enhance business efficiency.  However, there remain many considerations and deployment possibilities which a business must take into account before deciding to take up cloud services.

In this podcast, Assistant Professor Ouh Eng Lieh from the SMU School of Information Systems discusses his ongoing service profitability research on the factors and considerations that enable consumers to make informed decisions on cloud services adoption.

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Ouh Eng Lieh serves as Assistant Professor of Computer Science (Education) and Director, BSc (IS) Information Systems Major at Singapore Management University. He has been an educator, researcher and industry practitioner for over 22 years and holds a Master in Technology (Software Engineering) and PhD in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore. He taught software engineering courses to postgraduates and IT professionals at the Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore. His research interests are computing education, educational technology, software reuse and service adaptability. He currently serves in the multiple conference program committees (ITiCSE, FIE, APSEC/SEED) and publishes in the software engineering, computing education and information systems conferences.