4 Reasons Your Franchise Needs Cloud-Based Software
Buying software today, it’s almost impossible to find a solution that isn’t cloud-based.
Software that is installed directly onto one device is becoming obsolete because it’s so limiting. One license essentially gives you one place where one person can use it. For a franchise, that doesn’t make sense. Franchising is about relationships and working together, both at each location and as a greater business network. The software you use should reflect that. So here are the top 4 benefits of cloud-based software for franchise businesses.
Cloud is often seen as the most effective means of forging a tighter link.
John C. Mason, IBM
1. You can access it anywhere.
We live in a time where technology has advanced to a point that you can carry a fully-functional computer around in your pocket and access the entire collective knowledge of the human race from anywhere. So, really, if you can’t get to your software because it’s locked to your desktop, you’re missing out. Cloud-based software offers you the freedom and flexibility to get updates on your franchise business whether you’re in the office or on the bus, as long as you have an internet connection. And for franchise networks, that are spread out and disconnected by nature, it’s a simple way to bring everything together and help your franchise flourish from a distance.
2. You always have a backup.
With installed software, the software maintenance is entirely dependent on you. Updates and backups happen when you implement them. For a lot of people, that’s fine. They back things up (and keep the backups at another location in the event of a fire or a flood), and they still have all their important information if something happens.
But for franchises, you have thousands of locations. You can’t possibly back every single one up individually. Yes, each franchisee can backup their own location, but if the franchisor doesn’t have access to it, there’s no benefit to the brand as a whole. With cloud-based software, there’s no risk of that. Updates happen on the server side, so you never have to worry about maintaining your software. All of your information is always available to everyone who has access.
3. Cloud-based software is easy to deploy across your network.
The point of franchise software is to benefit the franchise network as a whole. Everyone should get something out of it, which means it need to be present – and used – at every location. With installed software, it’s difficult to make sure every franchisee is implementing the software, and the franchisor doesn’t have access to the data being input unless they ask for it. With cloud-based software, both the franchisee and the franchisor are able to have access, without ever having to manage it.
4. It’s more affordable.
For franchise networks, the cost of buying a software license for every single one of their locations would cost a fortune. Yes, paying for a monthly subscription to a software can also be expensive, especially if you use a service that charges per-user instead of a flat rate or by location. But you’re not just paying for the software. You’re paying for the maintenance, the support, the training, the security, the updates and everything that goes along with the software. You just get so much more.
If you’re debating on whether to use cloud-based or installed software, consider the limitations that come with installed models and how that relates to your business model. At the end of the day, cloud software is almost always better for franchise systems.
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The Better Software Company offers a fully-integrated Franchise Operating System (FOS) to help owners improve and simplify their entire business, using a cloud-based model. Integrated features, including CRM, scheduling, billing & invoicing, reporting & analytics and inventory management, offer business owners simplicity and ease of use that will save time. The software is configured to service small and medium sized enterprises in a diversity of vertical markets. The Better Software Company is based in Ottawa, Canada.