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Trevor Nesbit

Ara Institute of Canterbury

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Adoption of Cloud Computing by SMEs: Revisiting the Risks and Benefits

Wednesday 12:20pm - 12:50pm, CITRENZ (Ara Room 3)

The concept of cloud computing signals a major change in the way users store, access, and use information (Atkins, 2015, para 6) in that data can be hosted in the “cloud” which has been described as being a “nebulous assemblage of computers and servers accessed via the internet” (Miller, 2009, p1). The adoption of cloud based accounting systems has seen a number of benefits.

Firstly, the saving comes from reduced costs from the service providers having to maintain only a single, centrally hosted, software (Gill, 2015). This single software is then used by multiple subscribers, instead of the traditional way of supporting clients separately and individually (Gill, 2015). The second saving comes from the clients themselves not having to spend a substantial cost upfront for purchasing end user product of an industrial scale (Gill, 2015) as clients pay a much smaller subscription fee (Gill, 2015).

The purpose of this paper is to present an analysis of the experiences of seven (7) small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have adopted a cloud-based accounting system (Xero). This includes an exploration of the reasons for adopting a cloud-based accounting system and the benefits and risks associated with using a cloud-based accounting system.

Zooming Around the Country: The ROVE Ahead?

Wednesday 2:30pm - 3:00pm, CITRENZ (Ara Room 3)

The Review of Vocational Education (ROVE) and several mergers between institutes of technologies and polytechnics (ITPs) has the potential for the streaming of classes from location to another to become common place within the tertiary education sector in New Zealand. Some of this is in response to the economies of scale that can be gained.

From the middle of 2018 through until the middle of 2019 a group of staff in the Department of Enterprise and Digital Innovation at Institution XYZ have been delivering courses of study at their largest campus with students from two of the smaller campuses being able to participate in real time through using video streaming technologies.

The impetus for this paper came from the staff involved reflecting on their experiences from the initial delivery of these courses in the form of five mini-case studies.

A brief literature review is presented that covers the use of similar technologies in similar contexts and the nature of student engagement. The experiences of the lecturers are presented as five (5) mini case studies. This is followed by an analysis section after which conclusions are drawn and recommendations are made.
This research will be of interest and use to institutions contemplating the delivery of courses to multiple campuses simultaneously.