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ICT Leap-frogging Enabled by Cloud Computing for Emerging Economies: A Case Study on Streamlining India's Grain Supply Chains

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Jacob Tsao ,

Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at San Jose State University, US
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Shailaja Venkatsubramanyan,

Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at San Jose State University, US
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Shrikant Parikh,

S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai, IN
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Prasenjit Sarkar

IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, US
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Abstract

Cloud computing enables use of computing without user-side hardware, software and associated financial and knowledge requirements, except for the needs of a simple 'web-terminal' and access to the internet. Emerging economies can fully capitalize on this to start a 'revolution' and leap-frog developed nations by skipping completely the several major computing architectures gone through in developed nations. An analogy is the leap-frogging, that has taken place with wireless telephony. We briefly introduce our research into streamlining India’s grain supply chains and then discuss in detail on how cloud computing can play a pivotal role. Although the focus is on the portion of the supply chains between wholesalers and consumers, we also discuss how cloud computing can streamline the entire supply chains and how it offers leap-frogging opportunities for the entire society. The proposed use of web-terminals for accessing the cloud for all computing needs is new, and we point out several high-impact research subjects.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/icter.v4i2.4675

International Journal on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions 2011 04 (02) : 37 – 51

How to Cite: Tsao, J. et al., (2012). ICT Leap-frogging Enabled by Cloud Computing for Emerging Economies: A Case Study on Streamlining India's Grain Supply Chains. International Journal on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer). 4(2), pp.37–51. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/icter.v4i2.4675
Published on 21 Sep 2012.
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