Cloud-based software is everywhere in 2018. They are also called Software as a Service (SaaS). SaaS is a subscription model where apps are hosted in the cloud and delivered to clients over the Internet.
SaaS for Restaurant Operations
Not many people realize that you need technology in the kitchen, especially in a professional restaurant. Every retail outlet has a point of sale (POS) system where customers pay for the goods or services purchased. However, the POS system in a restaurant handles more tasks than the one in a clothing store.
Apart from ringing up customers, your POS system should also be able to handle online ordering, sending orders to the kitchen at the correct time, loyalty programs for regular customers, manage the menu across multiple locations etc. Traditional software vendors demand that you pay for each upgrade to a new version number.
Cloud-based POS software is more flexible, less expensive, and offers many other benefits.
Benefits of Cloud-Based POS Software for Restaurant Operations
Small Monthly Payments
Perhaps the biggest benefit is that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on new software. SaaS uses a subscription model and most companies do not lock you into a long-term contract. It means you pay monthly for the software and can cancel your subscription at any time if you’re not satisfied.
The provider is able to offer continuous and automatic upgrades. You don’t have to shut down your computers to update software for hours at a time. You will always have the latest updates and features that the vendor has been working on. Vendors are able to push updates as soon as a feature is complete. No more waiting for the next version release!
Another benefit is security. Data breaches make headlines every day. Do you want your restaurant to be one of them? Saas companies implement strict security measures to ensure client confidentiality and data security. They have experts to monitor the security landscape and can push out a patch the moment they find a bug or problem. You don’t have to worry about security at all.
Cloud-based software POS provides easy integration with modules. You don’t need separate software to offer online ordering for your customers. You won’t have to buy yet another application when you start a loyalty program for regular customers. You can add specific modules as and when you need them. What happens if you don’t want it? Simply disable it and you’re done! Only pay for what you use with cloud based POS software, not a dollar more.
Most cloud POS systems offer real-time reporting. Why wait until the end of the month to analyze kitchen performance? Stay up to date with the happenings in your restaurant with consolidated reports. See the numbers for one restaurant, the region or even across the country!