With so many options when it comes to hospitality tech, it can be difficult to decide exactly which will serve your business best. Ultimately with software the key issues to care about include:
One-stop-shop types of software can be tempting, but do not offer the same benefits as products that support the specific areas they were created for. With that in mind we’ve pulled together the best back of house hospitality software picks 2022 has to offer, spanning POS, accounting, booking softwares, HR and inventory tools alongside a few other key categories.
POS features can encompass data analysis, integrated payments, table management, inventory management, digital ordering, permissions systems, roaming terminals and more. Think about which features are a priority for you and then work back from there.
Good accounting software not only gives real-time data on your business’ finances, it also helps to streamline your figures to save you time down the line. The features you might want to consider are integrations, automation and multi-use management depending on the size of your business.
From payroll to training, comms to hiring, you don’t need to muddle your way through employee management. There are plenty of tech options that are tailored to hospitality businesses of all shapes and sizes. (Note: we’ve also included a standalone section for rota management below).
Rotas have come a long way from print-outs on the wall, now allowing for reporting, communications and flexible shift management. Features to look out for are easy-scheduling, staff comms and automation options.
Having a management system or software in place to manage stock, inventory and procurement can be crucial in giving managers a birds-eye view of what’s going on within the business. Specific tools can also help to automate tasks.
Productivity tools can be used across all aspects of the business, allowing you to take a step back and use real-time data to assess what’s working and how to improve systems. These tools can also be used to stay on top of the things that keep your business moving forward and ahead of your competitors.
From bookings and deposits, to enquiries and marketing - the options for reservation management tools are varied. Thanks to a lot of competition in this space in the last 5 or so years, the tech available in 2022 tends to also include usable insight data alongside the reservations management functionality.
Ultimately, there’s a lot of hospitality tech to choose from - but picking the right software is a much easier process when you focus in on the features that are important to your business first.