Information systems capabilities play a critical role in employing cloud computing that is swiftly changing the nature of the business and transforming the manner organizations purchase and manage computing resources. In this view, the purpose of current study is to examine the effect of Successful deployment of cloud computing services as a mediate variable between information system capabilities and competitive advantage that Small Enterprises (SEs) in Thi-Qar province are derived from employing cloud computing. Data from a sample of 202 managers of SEs is collected to empirically test our model. The results indicated that a technical IT capability is the most influential factor to facilitate cloud success compared to relational and managerial IT capabilities. In addition, study showed that Successful deployment of cloud computing services is a mediate variable between information system capabilities and competitive advantage derived from cloud computing. We discuss how IS-based capabilities may be used to leverage cloud delivery models to positively influence in the successful implementation of cloud computing, and ultimately, SE competitive advantages basis cloud.
Abdul Adheem D.Jabbar*
University of Thi-Qar / College of Administration and Economics.
Key wards: Cloud computing; Information systems capabilities; competitive advantages.