Title: Will Big Data and Cloud Computing Adoption by SMEs in Developing African Countries Survive? - Case Study of Ghana

Year of Publication: Jun - 2015
Page Numbers: 30-34
Authors: Sampson D. Asare
Conference Name: The Third International Conference on Digital Information Processing, E-Business and Cloud Computing (DIPECC2015)
- Mauritius


Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Africa do make a lot of contribution to the national development of their respective countries. They face a number of challenges, to which a number of literatures have been well documented on, ranging from the adoption of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to ecommerce security. However, little has been documented on the reasons why they are not embracing Big Data and Cloud Computing or if they have embraced it, why are they not growing as they should? Big Data and Cloud Computing when combined, can yield a powerful force that SME businesses can tap into. Big corporations and multinational organizations in the industrialized world are all making use of Big Data and Cloud Computing, except African countries. This paper makes a contribution by highlighting the reasons why SMEs in Africa are not embracing Big Data and Cloud Computing or why they are not reaping the full benefit if they already have embarked on Big Data and Cloud Computing technologies.