The Adoption Of Cloud Based Accounting Information System

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1 Introduction
The aim of this report is to critically analyze the adoption of cloud based accounting information system (AIS) in business organizations and also its challenges and benefits of cloud based environment. Cloud accounting (SAASU 20124, para 3) is also called ‘online accounting’, which provides the same service as accounting software and data is securely stored on servers as known as the cloud. According to Emma Watkins (Demand Media 2014, para 1), “cloud accounting is the use of computer hardware and software applications delivered as a service over the Internet. It allows to store files and use applications using many different devices and from many different locations in a simple way”. This report will evaluate the cloud
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Figure 1. Provider, consumer and users of storage services.
Source: Mihoob et al. Journal of Internet Services and Applications 2013 4:8

Cloud computing is an on-demand service which has achieved great demand in corporate data centers. The cloud facilitate the data center to work as the Internet and computing resources to be promoted and shared as virtual resources in a secure and extensible manner (X). Most small business owners shifted to use the new technological trend by adopt cloud based information system (SMH).

According to Wang et al. (2008, p. 3), “A computing cloud is a set of network enabled service, providing scalable, QoS guaranteed , normally personalized inexpensive computing infrastructure on demand, which could be accessed in a simple and pervasive way”.

2.2 Functional aspects of cloud computing

Conceptually, users acquire computing platforms or IT infrastructures from computing Clouds and then run their applications inside. Therefore, computing Clouds render users with services to access hardware, software and data resources, thereafter an integrated computing platform as a service, in a transparent way:

HaaS: Hardware as a Service
Hardware as a Service was coined possibly in 2006. As a result of drastic improvement in hardware virtualization, users could buy IT hardware, or even a complete data center, as a pay as you go subscription service. The HaaS is flexible and manageable to fulfill the demand.
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