Online inventory management solutions offer businesses many advantages over desktop-based solutions. Let’s talk about three big ones:
One of the clearest advantages of online inventory management is that it enables business leaders and other workers to access their inventory data from virtually any location. Unlike desktop software, which has to be installed on a computer and can only be accessed on that computer at the office, an online inventory management solution can be accessed on any device with an Internet connection. If you can open a Web browser, you can log into your inventory account.
Desktop inventory management software involves setting up a server and downloading the software onto other client computers that then access and update the server. So you must always be on guard to protect your hardware and software from falling into the wrong hands. You must also maintain and even potentially upgrade your server and other computers to make sure they are working at full capacity. An online inventory management solution keeps your data secure offsite. There is nothing to download or maintain, so you don’t have to worry about constant system upgrades. Any changes to the solution will be made automatically.
Online inventory management software is generally sold on a Software as a Service (SaaS) pricing model. Basically, you pay for the number of users you want on a monthly or yearly basis and then if you ever want to add more users or terminate the service, you can do so instantly and get a prorated price or refund. A SaaS pricing model puts you in control of your expenses in a way that desktop inventory management software and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions do not.
Boxstorm® is an online inventory management solution that helps small and medium-sized businesses gain access to the right tools to keep track of their expanding inventories. Sign up for a free trial of Boxstorm today to start taking advantage of its accessible, secure, and flexible features.