When we mention the term "Cloud software" and especially when it comes to PMS solutions (property management system) we mean, in general, that the software "lives" in the cloud (i.e. on the Internet).
Being Internet based means that the system data is available and can be used via any device (computer, laptop, tablet, mobile) as long as its connected to the network.
In the contrary, installation on a personal computer, locally, means that you need to work on the system at its physical location, on-site.
Both solutions have pros and cons, but Cloud based solutions seem to globally grow more and are becoming the new standard. The benefits are great, and the performance issues of the past are being quickly solved and will soon be overtaken altogether.
The only "drawback" of a cloud PMS is that in order for it to be accesible and to be able to work, it needs your device to be connected to the Internet, and in many cases its speed is relative to the Internet connection. That said, Internet access is now almost everywhere, with stable and broadband becoming more affordable and more accessible. Coupled with the fact that cloud applications, like Hotelist Cloud PMS, that are designed to be as much network optimised as possible, in most cases it seems like the software is running locally on your PC.
We can safely say that that most of the above drawbacks do not really exist, or tend to be extinct altogether.
On the contrary, the freedom that a cloud software gives your business, your hotel or rentals, and the fact that you can access your data from whichever device, wherever you are, is a serious advantage both for ease of use and for your business's growth. The latter, coupled with Hotelist's multi-user and multiple-access-levels tools, give you the power to have multiple users to be able to connect via the Internet, each with their own set of explicit rights (for example, the accounting office does not need to be able to access or manage the housekeeping data, and vice-versa), which also gives you strength in the management level.
Another cloud PMS benefit, which Hotelist takes full advantage of, is the fact that cloud, internet connected, software, can be easily connected and integrated with other applications of the same type. This means that you can quickly integrate 2 or more applications and therefore provide a much better coverage of features like Booking Engines, Channel Managers, Passport Scanners, Website Builders, Point-Of-Sales systems, and so on, to provide a really full suite of tools, working "under the same roof", thus making youd daily work centralized, optimized and much, much faster.
Data loss? Not with Hotelist. As any cloud software, at Hotelist Cloud PMS we are taking long steps in ensuring that your data is always secure and backed up. Imagine having to keep your backups in a central location, safe from theft, technical problems or even the elements (office fire etc). With cloud software your data is stored in a distributed data center, which has a ton of failover systems, as well as high availability.
Finally, since a software in the cloud is centralized, we can, and we will, update it regularly, without you having to install tedious updates or upgrades to the system on your own computer.
The benefits of a Cloud solution for your Hotel's Property management system are many, and are not to be ignored. Hotelist's provided solutions help hoteliers and other hospitality professionals in managing, reporting, preventing errors, monitoring and growth.