Do the phrases legacy system, legacy software or legacy hardware keep you awake at night?  Are they a constant reminder of the fact that you’re using a POS system at your restaurant that is, a little outdated (to put it mildly)?  Are you one of the few restaurant operators that have to acknowledge that you’re still using a POS software system built on hard coded computer languages like AdA, COBOL and MS-DOS?  If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you could be in for an imminent rude awakening in your business.

Old POS systems that run on these hard coded computer languages, or that are built entirely on proprietary systems that can only be serviced by specific vendors, are now bringing nothing but trouble to the restaurant businesses that are operating with them.  The trouble is made even greater when operators are given the cold shoulder by the vendors from whom they purchased the equipment, when they discover that the product is no longer supported.

So to quickly sum up: you’re having problems with your software. You call the tech support hotline, and find out that there’s no longer anyone to help you.  So you reach out to the vendor you originally purchased the software from, and receive the same answer.  What’s your next step?

Well, you can find a vendor or a technician somewhere who can help you with your problem. But that will cost you a lot, both in lost time and revenues for the company, as well as in general.  Can you afford to lose this much time, as who knows how long it will take for parts to be delivered, or even how quickly the tech can get to your location to fix the issue.

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In an ideal world, restaurant owners and operators would be able to find a system that would integrate seamlessly with their current operations.  They would be able, with the help of open source software and APIs, to run all of their software used to manage the business in one centralized location.  In addition, they could use cloud-based technology to access the data from anywhere on a smartphone, tablet or computer. Finally, an investment in a system like this would not call for a hefty capital investment on their part, but a sensible monthly subscription.

A cloud-based POS, like Hula POS, that integrates with existing peripheral hardware means that not only is there no hefty capital investment, but there is also no further large investment in to new hardware systems for the restaurant.  Hula utilizes open source software to facilitate communication between almost any software platform that an operator is using to run their business.  And in addition, they integrate seamlessly with APIs to bring all of the pieces of the puzzle together.

With everything under one umbrella, it is easy to see why a cloud-based solution like Hula POS is revolutionizing the marketplace.  It saves time and money, which in the restaurant business is one and the same.  Can your restaurant really afford not to look in to a system update like this? Or is it all ready too late?

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