How The Cloud Benefits You
Cloud-Based POS systems have many benefits.
It is officially 2013. I don’t know about you, but I’m still writing 2012 for the date! Though it does not feel like much has changed in the past few days, 2013 brings a promise of growth in technology. One of the fastest growing technologies is the cloud-based system. A cloud-based system relates information and storage between different networks wirelessly. Here are 10 benefits of cloud-based POS systems:
1) Cloud Computing is revolutionary
Virtualization and Hosting in remote data centers are last century innovations! Cloud Computing is much more and only a radical software redesign on new paradigms allows to achieve its full potential. The NIST Cloud Computing definition lists among the essential characteristics: on-demand self-service, Broad network access, Resource Sharing, rapid elasticity, and measured service.
2) YES to “Connected Retail”
The way to increase both customer satisfaction and business efficiency is through continuous data sharing between HQ, stores and various sales channels, but also open to suppliers and customers.
3) NO to Information Technology limits
The traditional IT complexity results not only in cost increase but also in distraction from the core business. The purchase, deployment, and evolution are too expensive and slow.
4) NO to centralized and departmental architectures dilemma
Traditional architectures do not reach the “Connected Retail” goal with the necessary service level (SLA) and resilience. Often centralized solutions are coupled with a departmental backup, increasing cost and complexity.
5) A Cloud POS is an intelligent device
Only local intelligence allows selling without interruption in case of any external fault. It also improves the operator’s experience and reduces the load on the network and centralized services. Internet and Cloud Computing are finite resources to be used with maximum efficiency to reduce costs and environmental impact.
6) Deployment is simple, fast and automatic
Deployment of a Cloud POS software service on an Internet-connected device and its continuous updating is as automatic as possible and never requires specialized technicians intervention. Maximum security and reliability is guaranteed even using standard web protocols.
7) Cloud services manage any workload
Centralized services are designed according to service-oriented architecture (SOA) and also in order to adjust to the increase and decrease in the number of workstations and workload, without any practical limit. Cloud POS connection is based on asynchronous messages. Scalability and flexibility are the keys to provide guaranteed service levels while avoiding resources waste.
8) A Cloud POS has no adoption barriers and evolves constantly
The lack of activation and minimum fees allows independent retailers, along with chains of any size, to concur in economies of scale and evolution. Multi-tenancy (hardware and software sharing) in cloud services and parameterization instead of customization in POS are requirements for continuous and sustainable evolution.
9) A Cloud POS is part of an ecosystem
Design based on a complete set of standard Web services (API) for integration with other Cloud services and internal or external IT systems, including legacy ones, will enable a new ecosystem in which all retailers can build their own information system by combining together standard software services.
10) A Cloud POS is different
Cloud Computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) with their new technological paradigms and business models irreversibly change the rules of the game in IT. No technical limitations are preventing this new world to emulate the old, but for end users, there are no reasons to do so.
We offer different forms of technology with a cloud-based system, with the POS Lavu as our most popular item. If you would like to see a demonstration of the POS Lavu or have any questions about credit card processing or merchant services, please contact us today!
As always, we are here to help. Let us know if you have any questions.
Total Merchant Supply is a POS Dealer based in NC & SC.