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International Journal of Information Technology & Computer Science ( IJITCS )

Abstract :

 Currently, technological development influences all aspects of human life. In company processes it affects the access to information, speed of information processing, and ways of communication. One of the most current technology trend is cloud computing. The aim of this contribution is to describe the current state of use of cloud computing in Europe, its strengths and weaknesses in the context of topical technological development. The basic methods used are analysis of the external environment and the subsequent SWOT analysis. The external environment involves forces outside the whole ICT sector. The attention is focused on technological environment. The results show low use of cloud computing in Europe. There is low quality of infrastructure in Europe, unresolved problems with legal regulations concerning data handling in the cloud, major cloud computing providers are non-European companies, and research activities often lag behind the fast-changing market environment. Opportunities can be found in coordinated government effort to support the cloud, need for technologies in relation to the growing volumes of data, and use in relation to mobile technologies. 

Keywords :

: Cloud computing, SWOT analysis, Europe 

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