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A Social Network Approach to Provisioning and Management of Cloud Computing Services for Enterprises

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Executive Summary

This paper proposes a social network approach to the provisioning and management of cloud computing services termed Opportunistic Cloud Computing Services (OCCS), for enterprises; and presents the research issues that need to be addressed for its implementation. The authors hypothesise that OCCS will facilitate the adoption process of cloud computing services by enterprises. OCCS deals with the concept of enterprises taking advantage of cloud computing services to meet their business needs without having to pay or paying a minimal fee for the services. The OCCS network will be modelled and implemented as a social network of enterprises collaborating strategically for the provisioning and consumption of cloud computing services without entering into any business agreements.

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