ESR-18 Ariana Polyviou

Investigating Cloud Adoption Decisions

Cloud computing is a recent trend that has transformed the IS resource provisioning industry. Despite its growing popularity among businesses, empirically-grounded research on its adoption is at an early stage. Although the research community has reviewed the benefits associated to cloud computing as drivers of adoption decisions, research on the impact of context-related factors of cloud adoption decisions is still under way. Context-related factors refer to the adoption factors that arise if we consider the social environment into which a cloud adoption decision is being taken. Such could be the institutional norms or the tendency to follow competitors’ actions.  Drawing on theories that have been previously deployed to address the adoption of IS as well as the results empirical studies to be conducted, through her Ph.D. thesis Ariana Polyviou seeks to identify context-related factors that influence cloud adoption decisions and examine how these factors differ in respect to the business context into which the cloud technology is being introduced. In respect to the proposed research work, publications to relevant journals and conferences are planned to appear.

Main research interests:

  • Cloud adoption and decision making;
  • User preferences for cloud-based applications;
  • Cloud and innovation;




Polyviou A., Pouloudi N., Rizou S.: Which Factors Affect Software-as-a-Service Selection the Most? A Study from the Customer’s and the Vendor’s Perspective. In Proceedings of the 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2014), January 6-9, Big Island, Hawaii, 2014. (To appear)

Hamadache K., Zerva P., Polyviou A., Simko V., Dautov R,. Gonidis F., Paez Anaya I.: Cost in the Cloud Rationalisation and Research Trails. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Advanced Cloud and Big Data (CBD 2014), November 20-22, Huangshan, Anhui, China, 2014 (To appear)

Rizou S., Polyviou A.: Towards value-based resource provisioning in the Cloud. In Proceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference in Cloud Computing Technology and Science Conference, December 3-6, Taipeh, Taiwan, 2012, pp. 155-160, LINK

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