RESEARCH QUESTION: Can private Cloud Computing architectures securely supporting integration to external databases, data marts and external systems located within logistics, supply chain and distributor businesses using the RBAC Model be more profitable based on integration to these external sources of information?
Null Hypothesis: Companies relying on the Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) Model alone, as a single variable, are not more profitable than those relying on more traditional approaches to defining integration including EDI and FTP integration.
Alternative Hypothesis: The financial performance of firms that use the Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) Model for managing secured access to data throughout their supply chains is enhanced and statistically significant relative to those who do not adopt.
The dependent variable is the level of adoption of the Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) Model throughout logistics and supply- chain-based business.
The independent variables are the financial results of having greater integration with suppliers using the Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) Model.
The intent of this research is to determine if secured, role-based communication over public and hybrid cloud platforms can make a financial contribution to firms who choose to implement this strategy. An analysis of the roles of those most dependent on integration through the public and hybrid cloud configurations is expected to show the greatest contribution to positive return on this investment.
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