When many people think of cloud technology in restaurants, they
envision patrons sitting in cafe chairs surfing the web. In reality, cloud computing can serve as a
storage center for data and even host essential software on servers far removed
from the restaurant itself. Companies
all across the world are seeing benefits related to cloud technology, and many
of these benefits can apply directly to the food and beverage industry.
Reduced IT Costs
There are a variety of ways cloud computing can save restaurateurs
money, but reduced IT costs is one of the most important. To start, the owner of the establishment
often won’t have to purchase essential software outright. Instead, they can pay for software as a
service (SaaS) to simply run whatever program they need directly from the
Additionally, the cloud removes the need to have on-site servers and
other hardware. This means a
restaurateur will rarely, if ever, need an IT professional to diagnose and
repair hardware issues. This is handled
on the end of the cloud provider, and this equates to saved money.
A security breach makes patrons feel as if their data, such as credit
card numbers, isn’t safe when visiting a certain restaurant. This is a quick way to empty out those cafe
chairs. Fortunately, cloud technology
provides increased security in many respects. Not only are these companies highly skilled at security measures, but
not having hardware at the restaurant itself can reduce the likelihood of an
on-site security breach.
More Excitement for Customers
Regardless of how great a restaurant is, it never hurts to improve the
guest experience, and fortunately, the cloud can also help in this area. With the proper equipment, for example,
patrons can engage in trivia competitions with individuals from around the
world right at their tables. Similarly,
they can select songs to play on a jukebox directly from their cell phone. These technologies do require additional
hardware, but simply having the option is an amazing thing.
Compete with the “Big Boys”
One of the biggest issues a restaurateur will face is competing with
franchises and corporate restaurants. In
the past, it was only these eateries that had the resources to utilize cloud
technology, but this is no longer the case. Because of this, small town restaurants can put themselves on the same
level as their larger competition.
No longer is it necessary for small restaurants to have on-site servers
or even point-of-sale system software. No licensing or usage fees for other software are necessary either. Instead of worrying about these additional
costs, restaurateurs can focus on filling their restaurant booths.
There are countless benefits to implementing cloud-based computing at a
restaurant, but the aforementioned are among the most advantageous. From reducing tech costs to ensuring
customers’ information is as safe from a cafe chair as it is from their own
sofa, cloud technology is a powerful new tool that every restaurateur should
take a leap of faith with.