Cloud computing, SaaS, ASP – as usual there is a proliferation of technological terms and acronyms for very similar technologies, these tend to change with fashion and time. Below are brief definitions of these terms.
Cloud Computing – is internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand. i.e. providing EPoS software over a secured broadband connection
Software as a Service (SaaS) – is a model of software deployment over the internet i.e. providing EPoS software over a secured broadband connection
Application Service Provider (ASP) – a business that provides computer-based services to customers over a network. i.e. providing EPoS software over a secured broadband connection
Cybertill was the first EPoS provider to supply an EPoS system over an internet connection, long before the term Cloud Computing had been coined. Since then SaaS, Cloud Computing or whichever term you prefer to use, has exploded with popularity with many companies offering such services. That said very few other EPoS companies have caught on to the benefits of delivering EPoS in this manner, with Cybertill still very much at the forefront of this technology.
Cybertill recognised the key advantages that providing “Software as a Service” (SaaS) gives clients. Traditional EPoS systems have their EPoS software deployed locally on each piece of point of sale (POS) hardware machine. Today, the vast majority of EPoS solutions are still deployed in the traditional manner, meaning that the bulk of the administration of running and managing the software falls to the retailer. This also means that Cybertill still hold a very unique place in the market.
There are many advantages to deploying EPoS via Cloud Computing rather than the traditional route, these include:
These are just some of the many benefits to Cloud Computing. There is of course another definition for this solution…and that is “hosted solution” – this means the solution, software or service is hosted on an “external server” and users access it by connecting to the external server…just like providing EPoS software over a secured broadband connection.
Whatever the definition used at least the benefits stay the same…