Author: Jay An I. Meraveles :


Organizations recognize the need to adopt Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in order to become more competitive, efficient, and productive, although the adoption and implementation of an ERP system is a costly and risky endeavor. Recently, cloud computing has become a viable and competitive means by which most organizations, especially Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), can implement an ERP system in a short time frame and cost-effective way. Our research examines the feasibility of cloud-based ERP systems for SMEs through a case study. The case emphasizes the potential of cloud-based ERP systems for SMEs as well as some of the challenges and peculiarities involved in their efforts to obtain an affordable and versatile ERP system. Our findings can potentially guide SMEs to make well-informed decisions throughout their cloud-based ERP adoption process

Information Technology and the Search for Organizational Agility


Organizations are increasingly turning to information technology (IT) to help them respond to unanticipated environmental threats and opportunities. In this paper, we introduce a systematic review of the literature on IT-enabled agility, helping to establish the boundary between what we know and what we don’t know. We base our review on a wide body of literature drawn from the AIS Basket of Eight IT journals, a cross-section of non-Basket journals, IT practitioner outlets, and premier international IS conferences. We review the use of different theoretical lenses used to investigate the relationship between IT and organizational agility and how the literature has conceptualized agility, its antecedents, and consequences. We also map the evolution of the literature through a series of stages that highlight how researchers have built on previous work. Lastly, we discuss opportunities for future research in an effort to close important gaps in our understanding

Clinical Decision-Support Systems

Author: Charlene T. Dichosa34 :


The future of CDS systems inherently depends on progress in developing useful computer programs and in reducing logistical barriers to implementation. Although ubiquitous computerbased decision aids that routinely assist physicians in most aspects of clinical practice are currently the stuff of science fi ction, progress has been real and the potential remains inspiring. Early predictions about the effects that such innovations would have on medical education and practice have not yet come to pass (Schwartz 1970 ), but growing successes support an optimistic view of what technology will eventually do to assist practitioners with processing of complex data and knowledge. The research challenges have been identifi ed much more clearly, legislative mandates are creating not only new fi nancial incentives but also the practical substrate of increased EHR adoption and convergence toward data interoperability, and the implications for health-science education are much better understood. The basic computer literacy of health professional students can be generally assumed, but health-science educators now must teach the conceptual foundations of biomedical informatics if their graduates are to be prepared for the technologically sophisticated world that lies ahead

A cross-country model of contextual factors impacting cloud computing adoption at universities in sub-Saharan Africa

author: Rachel Mae


Cloud computing is a new computing paradigm that is revolutionizing the way we access and use computer infrastructure and services. Universities in developing countries lag behind their Western counterparts due to lack of cutting edge technology required for teaching, collaboration, and research. The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that impact diffusion, adoption, and usage of cloud computing at universities in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). An adoption model was developed focusing on contextual factors and constructs from two technology adoption theories. Structural equation modelling was used for data analysis and model validation. Results from 355 valid responses to a survey of information and communication technology (ICT) experts and decision makers at universities in SSA indicated that socio-cultural factors, results demonstrability, usefulness, and data security significantly impact their propensity to recommend adoption of cloud computing in the universities. The implications of the findings and practical contributions are discussed

Unlocking the customer engagement brand loyalty relationship in tourism social media The roles of brand attachment and customer trust

Author: Argie Gumalal :


Customer engagement has been recognized an essential determinant of brand loyalty. However, the psychological mechanism of customer engagement has rarely received full examination, especially in the field of tourism social media. Thus, the present study fills this research gap by exploring how brand attachment and customer trust affect the customer engagement-brand loyalty relationship. Data from 298 Taiwanese respondents revealed that customer engagement had no influence on brand loyalty. Both brand attachment and customer trust fully mediated the influence of customer engagement on brand loyalty. Specifically, the customer engagement-brand attachmentbrand loyalty relationship was closer than the customer engagement-customer trust-brand loyalty relationship was. To our knowledge, this study is the first to explore the associations among customer engagement, brand attachment, customer trust, and brand loyalty in the tourism social media context. The roles of brand attachment and customer trust cannot be ignored when enhancing brand loyalty through customer engagement. March 13. 2020