Over the past 10 years, we have seen the expansion of internet based systems which were originally born out of the dot-com bubble. This whitepaper will outline some of the barriers to rolling out an IT project under the traditional on-premise deployment model and emergence of the new solutions for retail businesses which many are now adopting.
The retail industry has often been known to lag behind others in the adaption of new technology. A key driver is the extremely low margins with which retailers work with, which require a quick return on investment (ROI).
SaaS is empowering fragmented businesses such as national retail businesses and retail franchises which have a sizeable number of stores, dispersed over a large geographical area and where the ownership is distributed amongst multiple parties.which software and its associated data are hosted centrally (typically on the Internet) and are accessed by users using a thin client, normally a web browser over the Internet. The benefits of this deployment model are that it reduces the total cost of ownership (no hardware costs), reduces deployment times, is globally accessible, always gets the latest upgrades, and incurs limited upfront costs.
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