Moving to the cloud could be the next big POS innovation

Cloud computing might have its skeptics, but what it delivers could change the world of POS software.
Cloud computing might have its skeptics, but what it delivers could change the world of POS software.

It almost goes without saying that cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) have kicked up a storm in the tech industry. With the Internet taking a more and more ubiquitous role in everyday life, using the power and flexibility of cloud computing to provide state of art solutions to problems seems like the next step in a logical progression. Skeptics, however, have questioned the cloud's ability to maintain privacy and security in a world that's getting smaller and smaller, preventing a full wide scale adoption.

QSR Magazine recently featured an article looking at these concerns in the light of point of sale (POS) software in the food service-industry, and cleared up some of the heavier concerns would-be-adopters have had.

Here are four of the biggest concerns as well as their key takeaways:

  1. Will my data be less secure in the cloud? 

    A lot of business operators feel a stronger sense of security knowing the exact physical location of their data, and massive hacking scandals and data breaches making headlines every week certainly isn't helping with their confidence.

    The fact of the matter, however, is that whether you're using cloud-based services or a local server, your data is located somewhere, and that somewhere will always be on some level vulnerable to hacking attacks and other breaches. The advantage of using cloud based services here is that the burden of IT security and efficiency no longer has to fall on your business or the technician you desperately hire in your hour of need. Instead, your data is being protected around the clock by information security professionals who are trained to stay on top of all of the latest advances in information technology. Beyond that, hosting your data in the cloud will result in your data being backed-up several times over, making it all the easier and safer to recover in case of an emergency.

  2. If cloud service technology is so cutting edge, how could I ever be able to afford it?

    Most cloud-based POS and data management systems have minimal to no upfront cost to set up, and operate on a monthly subscription model, which actually makes them significantly cheaper than setting up a traditional on-premise system. With cloud based solutions, you also don't have to deal with constantly updating your system before it becomes outdated: your provider will be doing that at their own cost.

  3. Couldn't losing my Internet connection cripple my entire business?

    The majority of modern POS and business intelligence systems are partially integrated directly into your restaurant's on-premise technology, meaning that, even if you lose your network collection, the core functionality will still be there. 

  4. Does the cloud actually offer any real benefits?

    One of the cloud's biggest unique offerings is data integration. A cloud based system, for instance, can automatically sync all of your recorded sales, payments, inventory, payroll, and even your CRM straight to your accounting software, and help your restaurant run as efficiently as possible across your departments. Other integrations, like syncing with mobile payment systems and allowing for easy guest reservations, help create a business that's easy to run, and that gives your customers the flexibility they want and deserve.

At Food Service Solutions, we strive to stay on top of the latest industry trends and innovations. If you're looking to use technology to revamp your restaurant or cafeteria, look no further than our cafeteria software.

Our free or reduced meal software makes it easy for school cafeterias to get the reimbursements you need, and our accounting software can helps you quickly maximize your revenue stream, regardless of whether your operation is part of the private or public sector.

Contact us at 1(800) 425-1425, or send us an email at sales@foodserve.com to learn more.

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