We’ve been hearing so much about the “cloud” lately that it was only a matter of time that American Spa Magazine would write an article regarding cloud based software and installed software.Both the salon software and spa software industries are very competitive and one thing owners now have to decide on when choosing a software solution is cloud vs. installed. As we all know, beauty industry software is a vital growth tool for owners and their staff, so when trying to choose the right solution you have to understand the benefits and pitfalls of both.
- Cloud = Internet/web-based application = your data is hosted on a 3rd party server
- Installed = Local server application = you host and control ALL of your data
As a business owner, you need to look at the needs of your business and decide what is important to you. If data security, control, and speed are in alignment with your business goals then installed software is what you’re looking for. As far as I understand the benefits of installed far outweigh the benefits of cloud based software. The big hype of cloud computing is the fact that you can access your business from anywhere at any time. Well, that’s perfect if you’re willing to sacrifice speed, security and your client data… And from what John Harms, Founder and CEO of Millennium Spa/Salon Software, explains you can still access your information from any computer with the installed software approach. In short, going with installed software means reaping the benefits of cloud computing without compromising your business goals.
John also brings to light that, contrary to popular belief, cloud based software may be more expensive than installed. So what’s more important to you, speed, control, security or accessibility? Read the article for more cloud vs. installed information and you be the judge.