Food businesses gain greater visibility in the cloud
The management of everyday business processes and routines has been transformed by technology. In particular, software-as-a-service has enabled greater insight into and control over workflows and procedures, not only improving efficiency but also boosting productivity and enhancing the experience of the end customer. However, such tools were, until recently, the preserve of large corporations with the resources and scale to invest in software deployment and maintain it consistently. The advent of the cloud has transformed that, now making new technologies accessible to food businesses of all sizes, from multi-site restaurant groups to small owner operated coffee shops.
Cloud-hosting of applications such as HACCP and compliance management brings a number of advantages, allowing businesses to take advantage of the benefits of improved management visibility, increased efficiencies and reduced costs while helping to bypass the potentially high costs, complexity and limited flexibility of implementing internal systems and striving to keep them up to date. Today more than ever before, businesses need to be agile, responsive and ready to scale up and down according shifts in the market, evolving customer needs and economic pressures. The cloud can support this yet many in the food industry still approach cloud technologies with a mixture if caution and suspicion.
A common concern is data security but so much attention is now paid to ensuring the safety and resilience of data stored online that the cloud is arguably even more secure than internal servers. For greater reassurance, it is important to ask your supplier about the best practices they apply in relation to cloud security, including areas such as encryption, authentication, password protection and resistance to malware and other forms of cyber attack.
Loss of control is another concern that is often cited but some of the world’s largest organisations, including the CIA, have entrusted their data to cloud-based technologies. In fact, it could be argued that even greater control is possible through the cloud, since so many solutions are flexible enough to be customised to specific business needs, which furthermore may change over time.
Cost is another question that is raised but cloud solutions enable costs to be spread over time to avoid a large upfront investment and can be scaled up or down, or switched off, as the business changes. This model has clear advantages.
In terms of reliability, credible cloud solutions have failsafe mechanisms to protect against loss of data, which helps avoid any disruption to business operations.
It is clear that cloud technologies are transforming the food service industry for the better. If you have questions about the way in which Checkit uses cloud technology to enhance food safety, work management or any process that requires a range of regular checks, please contact us.