Much of the existing literature focuses on critical factors for successfully introducing cloud ERP systems. However, researchers have paid relatively scant attention to identifying the underlying motives that persuade organisations to consider adopting cloud ERP systems successfully. Understanding organisational motives are essential because: a) they can affect the extent of cloud ERP deployment and b) changes that organisations are willing to incorporate for achieving the expected business values. Based on a content analysis of 40 online Australian case stories, this research reports an empirically derived taxonomy of organisational motives for adopting cloud ERP. The 2-dimensional taxonomy consists of types and locus of motive. The strategic motives were found to be the most significant type of motive for cloud ERP adoption, whereas the internal motives indicated a stronger influence on the adoption decision. The proposed taxonomy provides a springboard for further studies to investigate motivations for the adoption of cloud ERP.