Challenges for the CIO

2. SWOT Analysis

Cloud computing can both bring risks as well as opportunities depending on how it is applied and which countermeasures for those risks are taken. This chapter will present these hazards and potentials based on following SWOT analysis.

SWOT Analysis
SWOT Helpful Harmful
Internal Strength
·       Cost reduction

·       Scalable IT resources

·       Technology is up to date

·       No investment risk
* Server management is ourtsourced
·       Dependent on provider

·       Risk of renouncing own IT competence

·       Working internet connection needed
* Reliability of the cloud
External Opportuinities
·       Green IT
* Drives innovation
·       Safety and data protection

* Data protection regulations

2.1. Strength

Cloud computing has many strengths that will be presented in the following part.