While there is no doubt that cloud computing technology is beginning to gain traction with hotels, a large degree of resistance still exists in the hospitality industry. This may be due to a number of misunderstandings and cost concerns by hoteliers, combined with resistance to change within organizations. The truth of the matter is that the future of data management, for all business applications, is in the utilization of cloud computing. Most Important, the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, with data stored in the cloud and accessed from anywhere via a mobile device is a strong competitive edge.
Benefits Of Hotel Cloud Computing
Without servers needing constant maintenance and data backups, the costs of hosting hotel data in the cloud are greatly reduced. SaaS platform services are usually provided on an as needed basis, without costly equipment, resulting in lower initial investments and reduced costs over time. The client need only pay for the required amount of power and storage.
Users can access cloud software from anywhere, using any device with an internet connection, including mobile phone, tablet, or a laptop. This empowers owners or management, for example, to keep tabs on their properties from wherever they are. Also, cloud software is designed for the level of the end-user, without extensive training, eliminating the need for technical proficiency to access data.
When a hotel or chain signs up for cloud SaaS services there isn’t any deployment lag time, since the software is ready at the outset. Since data is stored remotely in the cloud, time consuming tasks such as manual backups and system updates no longer need to be carried out. The software is the responsibility SaaS provider, all updates and backups are included in the service.
Data outsourced and stored with a SaaS provider in the cloud can be as safe or safer than it would be on a local, on-site server. Varying levels of access to information can be set up with and managed by the SaaS provider, who is always vigilant to protect vital data for clients. Data is safe from physical harm as well, with robust off-site redundancy.
In part two of this series we will look at specific applications of cloud based hotel data systems.
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