In Layman’s terms, cloud-based systems are systems which host the majority of its technical infrastructure in a remote location, where it can be accessed via the Internet. It is an upcoming and highly advantageous way of computing that is bringing massive improvements to various types of systems.
Our very own POS system, Ewity, is also cloud-based. So today, we thought we would discuss some of the advantages of having a cloud-based system. Hopefully we can shed some light on this matter and encourage you to try it out.
That being said, let’s begin.
1. Saves Space
This is the first and most obvious advantage. If the servers and other technical parts of what makes your system work are not stored locally, you do not have to sacrifice space to keep them.
This extra space you get can be used for any number of things. Extra displays, extra space for a back room, more movement space for customers, a rest area for your staff, and so on.
For small businesses who measure floor space by the inch, this might be a huge boon.
2. Saves Power
Without a large server room to maintain or unwieldy gadgets to power, you are likely to save a lot of power in the long run. As for why this matters…
Firstly, saving on power directly translates to saving money used to pay the bill. This means that long term, you could be saving a large amount. Secondly, saving power is also environmentally friendly. From an ethical perspective, this is a good thing. Plus, you can always use this fact as part of your marketing to position yourself as environmentally friendly.
So, all in all, saving power is something you’ll want to care about.
3. Easily Scalable
One of the biggest benefits of a cloud-based system is how easy it is to scale. This means that you can easily add more users to the system or remove them as per the demands of your store easily without much hassle.
Since most of the tech making the system work is hosted and accessed remotely, adding or removing users is easy. This can help you adjust to new employees coming in or former employees leaving quickly and without much trouble.
Being easily scalable makes cloud-based systems especially helpful for SMEs.
4. Easily Upgradable
Another benefit of a cloud-based system is that it is easy to upgrade. This matters because taking the system off for long periods of time to fix it or upgrade is a lot of lost sales.
With a cloud-based system, the dev team can work remotely on the system and upgrade it in the background. You are unlikely to get a significant or unexpected system outage as the team can tell you in advance or plan to upgrade when you are not open for business anyway.
This upgradability also ensures that your system has the latest features it can support.
5. Superior Security
Last but not least, cloud-based systems are known for their superior security. There are two facets of this, so let’s take a look at them both.
Firstly, by hosting your store’s secure data remotely, you are protected from loss of data through physical theft. All of your important information will be stored remotely and thus, are extremely well-protected.
Secondly, the severs that store information from most competent cloud-based services pride themselves on their extremely good cybersecurity. As such, their encryption is usually of a very high level and will protect your data from digital thieves as well.
And there you have it! Five advantages to you and your store if you decide to take the leap and opt for a cloud-based system. But which system to try…
Allow us to introduce you to Ewity. Our easy-to-learn, easy-to-use, cloud-based POS system. It comes with a whole cavalcade of features for you to enjoy.
If you’re curious and wish to learn more, please check out our website and try Ewity for the low price of FREE.