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The Benefits of Cloud-Connected POS Reporting

Finger touching cloud on a tablet touch screen. Cloud computingCloud-connected POS is a smart choice for on-the-go business owners who want a more reliable POS system than one that is purely “cloud based.” A cloud-connected POS system, like pcAmerica’s Restaurant Pro Express and Cash Register Express offers you all of the benefits of a cloud-based system—real time reporting anytime, from anywhere—with a few differences.

A cloud-based system loses its lifeline if the internet connection goes down. The POS terminal won’t run if it can’t access the cloud, which could cost you time and money. In other words, if your business in an area that has frequent power outages or has a spotty or bad internet connection, a cloud-based POS is going to be a poor choice.

Instead, consider a cloud- connected solution, which has the software installed onto the computers which and can run independently of an internet connection. Under normal circumstances, a cloud-connected system rings sales normally and sends a stream of data up to the cloud for you to access. If a store loses its internet connection, the cloud-connected system will still run.

Although we don’t think a purely cloud-based POS is reliable enough for business use, a cloud-connected system can still give you the same benefits.

Data in your pocket: When your business employs this type POS, you have access to sales reports, figures and inventory from anywhere with an internet connection. It means you can stay on top of activity 24/7—whether you’re sitting in a coffee shop or it’s the middle of the night.

Risk Management: When you store your data on a cloud-based solution, you could have some downtime if your internet connection goes down or your business loses power. This could be especially problematic if it’s a busy time of year.

For more information about pcAmerica’s cloud-connected solutions, please call your pcAmerica representative at 1-800-722-6374 or visit www.pcamerica.com.