Cloud software is taking the estate agency market by storm and it’s no wonder why…
Having a truly mobile software solution which allows you to access your data any time, anywhere, and on any modern browser or platform is becoming the must-have software for each and every type of agency.
There’s no need to wait to get back to the office to complete your admin work, you can gain instructions whilst still at the market appraisal appointment. What’s more, if your software supplier utilises the Rightmove Real Time Data Feed, then you can even put properties on the market instantly, giving you an advantage in today’s competitive market.
However, despite the rise in interest of cloud based software solutions, the term ‘cloud’ can still spark a feeling of apprehension among those of us who have never come across a cloud based solution before.
There are many myths surrounding cloud based software which form the reasoning behind why some agencies still fear moving their data to the cloud. When you analyse these myths, the reality is that the cloud is actually nothing to be afraid of.
Let’s take a look at some of the myths out there:
Myth #1 – The cloud is not secure
Data security can form part of the apprehension towards the cloud. Many believe that their data will not be secure and they will be more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. In actual fact, data security can be increased with the use of a cloud solution. A credible cloud software provider will utilise leading cloud hosting environments to host your data, so you can be given peace of mind that your data is in safe hands.
The cloud also reduces the risk of losing your data should the unthinkable happen and your machine is lost, damaged or stolen. With your data being hosted in the cloud, should anything happen to your machine, you can be safe in the knowledge that your data is protected and still accessible.
Myth #2 – Migrating to the cloud is complicated
Migrating to cloud based software doesn’t have to be troublesome. If you choose a trusted supplier, they will ensure that your data is easily migrated to the cloud and provide a hassle-free process. What’s more, cloud software doesn’t have to be installed on each individual’s computer, which saves you valuable time and hassle during the installation period.
Myth #3 – Cloud solutions are all the same
With so many cloud based solutions on the market, it can be overwhelming finding the right solution for your agency. Bear in mind that not every cloud software on the market will have the same look and functionality. It is therefore essential to research the options available on the market, book a demonstration of the software and most importantly, ask the supplier to provide you with customer testimonials so you can read reviews from agents using the system on a daily basis.