I’m sure you’ve noticed that everyone is talking about the ‘Cloud’. It’s definitely the new business buzzword.
What is Cloud Based Technology?
Essentially the cloud is in fact the Internet. In simple terms the ‘cloud’ is the ability to host a software platform or service from a remote location that can be freely accessed and used anywhere via Internet access. Instead of installing a suite of software programs on multiple computers, you only require one application log in similarly to signing into a Hotmail or Gmail account.
Additionally because the cloud is a hosted service and reduces the need for physical infrastructure it’s a much lower financial investment; with many cloud-based services designed as a ‘pay as you go model’. Effectively what was previously only available to large multinationals is now available to the smaller guys.
An industry that has embraced the cloud is the accommodation sector. Technology that was once only offered to the larger hotel chains is now obtainable by small and medium sized properties. Hotels of all sizes are realising the power of hosted solutions and how it helps to improve business efficiency.
Web based platforms like Little Hotelier; an all in one accommodation management system for small hotels is a perfect example of a cloud-based application that is seeing increasing popularity resulting in the fast adoption of the product. With no downloads or version updates, its far more cost effective and provides users with more options than traditional software packages.
And because hoteliers aren’t purchasing the software but rather tapping into a license/subscription of the software there are no lock-in contracts. This also gives room for scalability whereby hoteliers can upgrade or downgrade features and functionality dependent on their needs.
It’s as simple as ticking a box or flicking a switch and off you go.
Furthermore the flexibility of Little Hotelier means busy property managers can now log into the management system and see an up-to-date view of how their business is tracking, from vacancies to reservations and everything in between.
The convenience of a cloud based application like Little Hotelier means hotel owners are no longer tied to their front desk and can focus on other areas of the business or better yet have the ability to check-in and acquire a complete overview of their property while standing on a golf course!
With greater accessibility, better security and little financial outlay the cloud is fast becoming the way of life for many businesses looking to optimise business processes without spending a fortune.