Barriers of managing cloud outsource software development projects: a multivocal study

Muhammad Azeem Akbar*, Sajjad Mahmood, Chandrashekhar Meshram, Ahmed Alsanad*, Abdu Gumaei, Salman A. AlQahtani

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Management of COSD projects is a challenging task due to number of distant development locations in different time zones, client and vendor organizations, different cloud deployment models and range of different service level agreements. The objective of this study is to identify the barriers associated with managing COSD projects. We implemented a Multivocal Literature Review to identify barriers that influence management of COSD projects. We identified 21 COSD management barriers from 165 primary studies. The comparison between the barriers identified from formal and grey literature indicate that there are similarities between the barriers investigated from both types of literature. Moreover, client-vendor analysis shows that there is no significant difference between COSD management barriers associated with both types of organizations. We believe that the study findings will assist both research and industry community to better understand and manage COSD projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35571-35594
Number of pages24
JournalMultimedia Tools and Applications
Issue number25
StatePublished - Oct 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
“The authors are grateful to the Deanship of Scientific Research, King Saud University for funding through Vice Deanship of Scientific Research Chairs.”

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


  • Barriers
  • Cloud computing
  • Cloud outsource software development
  • Multivocal literature review
  • Software outsourcing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Media Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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