Still to this day downloading software is commonplace, but with the cloud comes greater opportunities to run Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions instead. We’ve taken a look at why you might want to ditch the models of the past for your inventory management software, and run everything online instead.
Whether you’re a start-up or a big corporate, no doubt you’ll be looking to decrease costs where you can. With downloaded inventory software normally you have to pay for software licenses for each computer meaning if you work across multiple devices and have high staff numbers it’s an expensive exercise. As well, once you buy the licenses that’s it. You might not get any updates, training or support included, and if you choose to move away from that software you’ve still paid for it all upfront.
When you move to cloud-based SaaS options, more commonly you will have a set price per month, and more often than not it will be based off the amount of users you have (which is certainly the case with Unleashed). And because you will probably be paying monthly or yearly, if you decide it’s not right for you or it’s no longer required you’re not losing out. Basically, you’re only ever really paying for what you use. Plus, with continual feature updates and support bundled into the price you get a whole load more for your dollar.
Work anywhere, anytime
With downloaded inventory software, you are essentially tied to your desk. You have to use specific computers that have that software installed, and you may even be stuck in a world where you have to send documents to yourself if you want to work at home or at another office.
With SaaS, you can work anywhere you like, and you can do it at any time you like. As everything is saved in the cloud, you can finish something midway through and pick it back up again wherever, and you can even pull data while you’re out and about seeing clients or suppliers. SaaS options also work across multiple devices with most inventory options offering mobile, tablet and desktop accessibility. Check out Unleashed’s mobile sales app!
When all your data and records are hosted on downloaded, pre-installed software you open yourself up to a world where if anything happens to that computer you could find yourself in a load of trouble. Moving everything to the cloud means nothing is hosted locally and your data is stored online with password protection. This means if something happens to your computer, like theft or it’s lost, there’s no need to freak out – you can simply login on another device and others are locked out on the old device.
Get feature updates quicker
The beauty of cloud-based software is that it is quite often updating and evolving quickly to meet customer demands. Features are pushed through regularly which you can continue to employ to improve your inventory management. Once a feature is released it will be available on your account straight away.
Article by Melanie Chan in collaboration with our team of Unleashed Software inventory and business specialists. Melanie has been writing about inventory management for the past three years. When not writing about inventory management, you can find her eating her way through Auckland.