Abstract: The research study investigated the impact of cloud computing on high education institutions using the University of Venda as a case study. Perceptions, challenges and benefits of cloud computing by university community were investigated. Mixed method was used for analysing data collected from sampled students, lecturers and administrative staff. The random sampling technique was applied. The factors that determine the users perceptions of cloud computing regarding its usability and functionality were explained in the study. The research established that cloud computing plays a significant role at the University of Venda and there is availability of internet at University of Venda. Software-as-a-service is the most widely used cloud computing service. Security, privacy of information and high bandwidth costs are the major challenges threatening the adoption of cloud computing technology at the university. The research recommended that the users of cloud computing services should be provided with training for efficient utilisation and cloud computing issues should be included in IT Policy. The academic curriculum should in cooperate cloud computing issues in order to make both students and lecturers be aware of related technological developments.
Najiyabanu N. Patala, Armstrong Kadyamatimba and Solomon Madzvamuse, 2019. The Impact of Cloud Computing Usage on Educational Institutions: A Case Study of University of Venda. Asian Journal of Information Technology, 18: 1-12.