Ivey Publishing
Cloud Syzygy Technologies: Cloud-Based Computing
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The president of Cloud Syzygy Technologies (CST) had recently returned from the Pacific Telecommunications Council conference, where he discussed ways in which cloud computing had transformed industries. He knew that in the future, the real opportunities lay in the cloud and not in traditional internal IT solutions. As the executive in charge of CST, he wished to develop a plan to grow the business, which would include a clear message to his customers about the merits of cloud computing. He recognized that cloud computing provided many opportunities and risks for corporations seeking to take advantage of new and innovative technologies. He was tasked with presenting a ranking and assessment of CST’s new products to the board at the next meeting.
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This case can be used in a graduate-level information technology course. The case focuses on assessing the benefits and risks associated with adopting cloud-based computing as an overall corporate IT strategy. The case is designed as an out-of-class team exercise, which would include the preparation of a write-up and slideshow. This case can also be used as an in-class activity. Students will
  • use multi-factor analysis in order to judge the overall capabilities of various products;
  • explore the benefits and risks of adopting cloud computing technologies;
  • assess how and when companies should adopt cloud computing technologies;
  • understand the skills necessary for the successful adoption of cloud computing; and
  • appreciate the trade-offs associated with various cloud-based product lines.
Information Systems,  Entrepreneurship,  International
Information, Media & Telecommunications
Hong Kong, Medium, 2016
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Translations: Simplified Chinese (4 pages)
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