Cloud-based software is typically described as: on-demand online software using remote data centres for storage.
This type of software has been around for some time now, but many retailers have been slow to adopt a cloud-based approach for their businesses, opting instead for traditional, fully locally installed software. However, according to research conducted by the International Data Group, 18% of businesses are considering adopting cloud-based software in the near future.
So, why should you move to cloud-based software?
There are many benefits to using a cloud solution; we’ve summarised the main benefits and how cloud-based OpSuite retail management software can help you achieve these benefits for your retail business.
The number one benefit of cloud-based software is cost savings. While 1 in 5 companies are concerned about the cost of switching software, it’s also important to consider the potential return on investment.
Once your software is in the cloud, you will have quick and easy access to your data, and most software is pay as you go. The time you and your employees save by using the most up-to-date software which is secure, quick and reliable means you’ll never waste time using an outdated or slow system. OpSuite’s pricing is simple and transparent, with solutions starting from £7,000.
You may think that holding data in the cloud poses security issues, but actually one of the benefits of using the cloud is increased security as a high proportion of data theft is carried out by employees. So, with user-specific access, you can ensure that sensitive data can only be accessed by those you select to have the correct permissions. On top of that, cloud-based software uses encryption to prevent unauthorised access to data online and a report by RapidScale notes that over 90% of businesses see an improvement in data security after switching to the cloud.
OpSuite offers user-specific permissions so you can decide who has access to what, providing an extra level of security for your business.
Using cloud-based software means you can manage your business from anywhere in the world. So, if you’re away from the office for any reason, you can still access everything you need, providing you have an internet connection and an internet-enabled device.
OpSuite can be accessed on mobile devices so you can check what’s going on from any location. Compare this to a non-cloud system which requires a license for every device and specific types of hardware, and you can see why retailers choose OpSuite.
If you’re still using locally-stored software, you’ll be aware that updates to software are usually manual and require installation by someone with technical knowledge. With cloud-based software, updates are pushed automatically and require minimal intervention to complete.
OpSuite is updated regularly so you don’t have to lift a finger to ensure you always have the latest version.
If you’re considering the move to cloud-based computing for your retail business, give us a call to discuss your requirements. We’ll be happy to give you an online demonstration so you can see the power, simplicity and functionality of OpSuite’s market-leading retail software. Call 0800 138 0050 to speak to one of our retail experts.