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How IT should be for Retail

Today’s Omni-channel customers spend 3.5 times more than other shoppers. Those retailers that adapt to this trend are the ones that are being successful.

Many IT professionals are experiencing the same challenges within the retail industry:

  • Lack of consistency across sites and resulting support burden
  • Pressure to keep costs down across the board
  • Requirement to support the shopping experience of tomorrow
  • Risk to customer experience and revenue due to unplanned downtime of business critical applications or infrastructure
  • Lack of local IT skills

This is where Zynstra comes in.

Zynstra offers a variety of deployment options tailored to your business, ensuring you get the most efficient and scalable solution to deliver maximum performance across all your branches and remote back-office facilities.

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Your in-store IT is getting too complex, too costly and too time consuming. Each store has multiple servers, each with their own management system, and they all need to be kept up to date and secure by your overstretched central IT team. You’ve considered upgrading your in-store IT, either by buying new servers or moving to the cloud, but you’ve been discouraged because of potential disruption to the business, and the cost involved.

 

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Each of your stores needs more and more IT, to the point where you potentially have a small server farm at the back of each store. If it grows any bigger, a separate comms room will be needed to keep it in, which just isn’t cost effective.

In addition, back-up is haphazard and uncoordinated, security updates are difficult, manual updating of multiple severs leads to errors and downtime, and the IT team is forever travelling to branches to fix simple problems.

 

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Once a Zynstra Cloud Managed Server is installed, all applications run on a single small footprint virtualized server, managed by experts through the cloud. It’s a store-in-a-box, easily installed without disrupting the business, and with no upfront capital costs. And it’s always up to date, kept secure and backed up, so site visits are drastically reduced.

 

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With Zynstra Cloud Managed Servers, your stores can now run the applications they need on one virtualized server, reducing real estate and power impacts. Your IT team can monitor and manage most issues without travelling to site, and automatic updates and back up have increased security and peace of mind. Your IT team is freed up to focus on business IT, not just keeping the in-store IT running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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