What can a forecourt business gain from moving its gas stations to the cloud?Let’s begin by clarifying what we are talking about: moving from a conventional gas station setup, with POS, PCs, and server in store, to one where your staff sells using standard tablets, and all servers storing business data and logic are located in the cloud. We believe that this setup is a true revolution for gas stations, for many reasons. Let me present you with the top four advantages of the cloud setup over a traditional one:
2. Ease of operationThe convenience of a cloud-based gas station is not limited to the tablets. When your system is in the cloud, it is managed easily and securely from a central location. This means lower costs in case of upgrades to system components and central logic, as the upgrades only need to be applied to the cloud. This means you will be able to minimize site visits, as there is no need to send technicians to stores with new equipment to install, or to work on POS software. In case of upgrades or changes you can even have tablets ready on-site, or have them sent over by postal service. As the systems consists of standard pieces like tablets at the store, and all data and logic in the cloud, the system is also more fault-tolerant than traditional setup.
3. Shorter time to market“I can only perform upgrades at my stations once a year. My setup is complex, made of numerous software components with interfaces and dependencies. It is difficult to introduce the new services my business demands. My bosses increasingly want new functionalities, such as integration to mobile for payments, loyalty and offers. With my current setup, this task seems enormous.” Do you recognize this scenario? Then you are probably an IT manager in a traditional forecourt operation. For many forecourt companies, roll-outs of new systems or new functionalities are complex and time-consuming projects. Their current architecture limits their ability to introduce new services. In the cloud setup, all business logic and data are stored in the cloud. Upgrades and new functionalities are therefore much easier to implement and install, giving you a solution that can easily adapt to fast market changes. The world is changing quickly; gas stations controlled through the cloud are better equipped to adapt and thrive in a fast-paced business environment.
The cloud-based setup enables forecourt operators to scale easily, as needs arises. As the servers and operational power are in the cloud, the system can easily be scaled up centrally, in the cloud. Do you need an extra register? Turn on a tablet, and then put it away when peak time is over. Are you planning to set up new stores? That’s quick and simple too, since configuration, data and business logic are all stored in the cloud, and cloud experts take care of the operations of servers and back-office. Are you a gas station operator who wants to take smarter and faster business decisions? Do you want to decrease costs and gain agility? Then the cloud may be right for you. If you are curious about this opportunity but — like many other companies we have talked to — you are afraid of taking this step, check out our blog about some common concerns and their solutions to get over your fears, and take the decisive step onto the cloud.