What is QuickBooks POS Cloud Hosting?

Intuit is a household name for accounting software, but its expertise extends beyond bookkeeping tasks. What many may not know is that Quickbooks supports its own POS.

Enter: the Quickbooks Point of Sale system.

Quickbooks POS is a retail business desktop POS solution that supports multichannel sales, from brick-and-mortar locations to eCommerce platforms. It’s ideal for small businesses, but the superb functionality makes it a compelling solution for medium to large-sized organizations, as well. You can use Quickbooks point of sale for inventory management, data consolidation, loyalty program management, payment processing, vendor management, reporting, and merchandise planning, all from a single web-based platform. Although you can install Quickbooks POS systems in on-premise systems, you get far greater flexibility when installed with a cloud hosting provider. With a cloud-based setup, you enable centralized storage of your critical data on remote servers accessible from any location. Hosting Quickbooks POS on cloud infrastructure makes it easy to manage multiple locations, ensure data is safe, and expand at a moment’s notice. In this article, we explore the core features of investing in a cloud-hosted Quickbooks POS solution. And when it comes to cloud hosting, only Summit Hosting has the knowledge, equipment, and security to support enterprise-level Quickbooks hosting. So, give us a call or try a demo today to get started with a more secure cloud-based POS solution.

Key Features of QuickBooks POS Cloud Hosting

Although payment collection, returns processing, and purchase order management are the main draws of Quickbooks POS, a cloud-hosting provider makes it easy to grow your business into a multi-store powerhouse. Cloud-based setups are cost-effective ways to introduce Software as a Service (SaaS) into your business, with access to vital reports, apps, and data from anywhere.

Device Compatibility

As a retail POS, physical hardware support is a must-have feature. Quickbooks supports POS hardware like barcode scanners, receipt printers, and cash drawers. You can also accept contactless payments via advanced credit card readers; everything connects to a single platform. Cloud-based Quickbooks POS also allows users to access POS software from any web-connected device. That includes mobile devices, such as tablets. But be aware that there is no native iPad support, so you’ll need to use the web browser. The flexibility allows users to hop between devices as the situation demands.

Seamless App Integration

Many cloud-based POS providers have Quickbooks integrations, but only Quickbooks point of sale has native support. The seamless integration between Quickbooks POS and Quickbooks accounting means you can streamline bookkeeping at tax time. The Quickbook integrations extend well beyond accounting. You can connect with eCommerce platforms like Shopify and Etsy. Connect with PayPal and other invoicing apps. Quickbooks online has a vast library of add-ons and integrations from companies like Microsoft and Amazon. Plus, you can even find industry-specific applications, so whether you work in construction, retail, or restaurants, there are integrations for you!

Improved Scalability

One of the most significant benefits of cloud hosting is the ability to scale up and down on demand. It also helps that Quickbooks makes it easy to scale, with several pricing tiers from POS Basic to POS Pro and POS Multi-Store. Each is a one-time license purchase, so you only pay for the hosting month to month, keeping costs down. Cloud hosting makes on-demand scaling possible without equipment setup time or investment costs. It’s the only way to have instant access to resources when you need them most, such as during peak business periods. Summit Hosting makes it easy to upgrade your service, and with our Secure Summit Workspace, you can give your Quickbooks desktop version access to all your retail stores. Give us a call today to see how Summit Hosting provides complete back-office support for your business!

Enhanced Security

Keeping customer data confidential is a crucial concern for businesses, especially with the rise in cybercrime worldwide. Your Quickbooks hosting provider should have the latest security services in place to prevent an attack. Make sure they have the following:
  • EV SSL encryption – This security service prevents intrusion while data is in transit, meaning end-to-end connections remain secure.
  • Multi-factor authentication – MFA prevents cybercriminals from obtaining log-in credentials and accessing sensitive information, as users need another form of identification, like a pin code, to gain complete access.
  • Firewalls – Firewalls are software and hardware security layers that prevent brute force attacks, denial of service attacks, and access to unauthorized users.
  • Anti-virus and anti-malware – These software layers scan, remove, and report security threats such as Trojan viruses, spyware, malware, and adware.
  • Virtual private networks – A VPN hides your IP address from outside threats, preventing prying eyes from viewing your network traffic.
  • Dedicated servers and SSAE certifications – Noisy neighbors and out-of-compliant servers are asking for disaster. Instead, look for dedicated servers with up-to-date credentials.
You can spend all day looking for a service provider with Quickbooks POS hosting capabilities and robust security systems. But you don’t have to. Summit Hosting provides industry-leading cyber and physical security to ensure your customer’s sensitive data remains secure.

Maximize Uptime

Every minute of downtime represents wasted money in terms of lost opportunities and the cost of bringing systems back to normal. For the best customer experience, you need a cloud provider with stable hosting conditions. Disasters, outages, and other unforeseen circumstances create downtime, but with redundancy systems, regular backups, and disaster recovery plans, you can maximize your uptime. Stable should be our middle name. Because at Summit, our redundancy systems, nightly backups with separately stored copies, and expert-led disaster recovery plans mean our uptime exceeds 99%, allowing you to always take advantage of sales opportunities.

Increased Collaboration

Retail business demands many moving parts, from customer management to analyzing sales data. Cloud-based Quickbooks POS makes it easier for accountants, bookkeepers, employees, and business owners to connect. Users can access files and data through a secure platform, meaning you no longer have to send files or attachments through unsecured email channels. You can also make changes or updates in real time, so everyone on the team is on the same page. Real-time also applies to the advanced reporting that’s possible on everything from sales data to inventory reports. Plus, with integrations, you can create a completely connected environment where everyone works together.

Discover the Perfect Hosting Option with Summit Hosting

Quickbooks point of sale is a compelling offering for your POS needs. It comes with support for physical hardware, integrations with accounting software, the ability to track inventory, run gift card payments, and even manage a loyalty program. Whether in-store or through eCommerce, Quickbooks POS has features every business owner needs and uses. Although, business owners might face the debate of on-premise installation or cloud-based for their Quickbooks hosting needs. Cloud-based takes ease of use to a new level with on-demand scalability support, enhanced security features, and maximum uptime at pricing that won’t break your budget. Put your Excel research away because Summit Hosting ticks every box and can answer any questions you might have about Quickbooks POS cloud hosting. Give us a call or try a demo to see how we can fit into your POS strategy, and let us handle the back-office IT infrastructure.

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