Cloud Computing Costs and Benefits

An IT Management Point of View
  • Nane KratzkeEmail author
Part of the Service Science: Research and Innovations in the Service Economy book series (SSRI)


Although cloud computing is in all mouth today it seems that there exist only little evidences in literature that it is more economical effective than classical data center approaches. Due to a performed qualitative analysis on COBIT, TOGAF and ITIL this paper postulates that cloud-based approaches are likely to provide more benefits than disprofits to IT management. Nevertheless one astonishing issue is the not often stressed ex ante cost intransparency of cloud based approaches which is a major implicit problem for IT investment decisions. This paper presents considerations how to estimate costs of cloud based systems before they enter their operational phase. This is necessary in order to make economical IT investment decisions for or against cloud computing more objective.


Cloud Business information system Cost Cost estimation Cost transparency ITIL COBIT TOGAF 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer Science and Business Information SystemsLübeck University of Applied SciencesLübeckGermany

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