Cloud technology for retail drives opportunities
This post originally appeared on www.cbts.com on January 25, 2019. View the original post here.
Cloud networking is integral for today’s retailers. Cloud networking offers a more reliable and efficient alternative to traditional multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) networks, enterprise WAN, expensive bandwidth, and costly infrastructure. Cloud technology for retail can help businesses facing challenges that include:
- Limited budgets
- Multiple locations
- Continuous technological maintenance and upgrades
C-level executives require technology solutions that help them lower costs while providing maximum performance and scalability. Ultimately, the best strategy for these companies – especially those in the food service, retail, and restaurant sectors – is a cloud networking solution.
Executives are increasingly turning to Parallel partner CBTS to manage their cloud technology for retail solutions with a combination of Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and managed cloud Network as a Service (NaaS) to triple their performance.
Cloud technology for retail saves costs and increases efficiencies
UCaaS is a managed service for voice and collaboration tools that allows retailers to operate on-demand communications and applications as a utility service. NaaS is a Wi-Fi enabled network that provides centralized data services throughout unlimited locations. This allows retailers to share wireless connectivity, analytics, and other resources.
When provided by Parallel and CBTS, cloud technology for retail solutions:
- Allow retail executives to focus on their core expertise rather than IT-related issues.
- Reduce redundancies through management and monitoring via one company rather than multiple vendors.
- Decrease the need for additional IT professionals and ongoing training.
- Combine mobile solutions, web conferencing, VoIP, contact centers, and collaborative efforts so that they integrate and work together seamlessly.
- Eliminate the need for costly equipment maintenance and upgrades.
- Place the burden of implementing upgrades and enhancements on us.
- Scale and evolve as your business scales and evolves.
- Provide usage-based monthly pricing models.
- Offer effective and reliable 24x7x365 service.
UCaaS and NaaS provide retailers a single-pane-of-glass view
UCaaS and NaaS solutions encompass a wide range of communications services, including VoIP, phone, long distance, collaboration applications, contact centers, networking, firewalls, access points, and optical sensor cameras. With a real-time, web-based dashboard, retailers can view key metrics and performance indicators, and evaluate how they align with business goals and priorities. These cloud technology for retail solutions provide a more efficient and unified look at a retailer’s IT services, and offers a comprehensive analysis that would not be possible with solutions from multiple vendors.
Parallel and CBTS solutions aid PCI compliance
Businesses that process credit card transactions face myriad security concerns. With CBTS NaaS solutions, retailers no longer need to worry about threats to customer information. The solution works with clients’ current payment card industry (PCI) compliance solutions, and adds state-of-the-art Intrusion Detection (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention (IPS) Systems. Anti-malware products protect against digital threats that could compromise data, and a network segmentation strategy limits hackers’ attack options.
Streamlined solutions allow for more in-depth analytics
CBTS analytics evaluate client data so retailers can identify their strengths and weaknesses, and adjust their business models accordingly. This information also helps forecast trends for the future, which is important for industries like retail that rely heavily on customer data. With the suite of cloud technology for retail solutions, retailers can identify customer demographics and shopping trends, track the effectiveness of customer loyalty programs, illustrate customer traffic patterns, and send promotions.
Interested in learning more? Download our guide, Retail Challenges Solved with the Cloud.