The digital world we now live in means that things are constantly changing, and what was the newest technology is not anymore. However, there is one thing that is here to stay, and that is the cloud. The idea that all your data is secured off-site, with access 24/7 from anywhere, seals the deal for a lot of business owners transitioning from hosting their own servers to keeping everything in the cloud.
Recently, cloud technology has moved into point of sale systems, and many small businesses are opting in for the mobility and simplicity of a cloud based POS system over a traditional Windows based POS system for the following reasons:
Using a cloud based POS system gives you more mobility and flexibility. The whole system can be installed and run using a smart device like an iPhone or iPad. Your wait staff can take orders and credit card payments right at the table, and simply email the receipt or send it to the customer’s mobile phone instantly. Mobility also allows you to manage your business from anywhere in the world with 24/7 access to all system reports.
In a cloud POS system, your businesses can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their information will always be secure. Information is stored and synced electronically and can be easily restored. Since all your data is stored in the cloud, you don’t have to worry about running out of storage space, theft, accidents, or mishaps ever again. There is no need to worry about backing up data or losing it in the event of a power outage, or even about a hardware malfunction. Another big benefit of cloud-based systems is that they allow for advanced security measures, such as encryption, to protect data from viruses and breaches.
Work from Home
As all data is saved instantaneously in the cloud, managers can track sales as they happen, update prices, and place orders from wherever they may be. All they need is an internet connection. This is a great perk if you are the type of person who cannot stop working even while on holiday, or relaxing at home.
Business as Usual
No internet? While being online is the bread and butter of any cloud based point of sale system, with the very best systems, you can continue to work while the internet is down. Offline capabilities enable you to carry on working, while also allowing the system to sync data when you’re up and running online again.
Many businesses experience errors and slowdowns because of outdated technology. In the cloud, it is up to your vendor to manage and update the infrastructure, so you can stay on top of new technology and security requirements with minimum effort. You don’t even need to worry about remembering to install the software updates.
Plays Nicely with Others
Because it’s cloud based, you can easily integrate accounting software, gift cards, loyalty programs, rewards and other add-ons seamlessly. No other POS system is as friendly as a cloud based system. Integration has never been easier.
Now that you’ve heard the benefits, will you be joining “the cloud”?
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