The food and service industry can benefit from real time data synchronization, and we're headed to the National Restaurant Association conference in Chicago to prove it. Everyone from chain owners to independents to distributors will gain from advanced data integration and synchronization. Let's look at some of the advantages it brings to business.

Data Consolidation

With multiple remote branch offices, data is spread across multiple databases. Consolidating the data to a central location enables reporting and gains valuable insights into the performance of the business. Real time data synchronization will consolidate data as it happens, allowing an immediate response with a competitive advantage. Updates to menus, prices, and ingredients can be instantaneous. Sale transactions from the point of sale can stream in continuously showing the results of promotions.

Remote Synchronization

Remote locations or mobile locations can be connected occasionally with networks that have low bandwidth. Change data capture with synchronization that runs in the background can handle offline scenarios by queuing data and catching up when the network is available. Communication with data in transactional batches that are compressed and tracked by batch status makes the best use of resources and guarantees that data is delivered as it was captured.

Mobile Workforce

With workers using mobile devices for applications like line busting, mobile sales, and data collection, it's important to have a multi-platform data synchronization solution. Each application should use the platform and database best suited for it, and a multi-platform solution enables best of breed applications while avoiding platform lock. Syncing data with mobile devices using the same enterprise solution means an easier learning curve and lower support cost.

Multi-Channel Sales

Ecommerce websites that integrate with backend systems should be real-time because it's the best way to service customers who've come to expect it. Enabling multiple sales channels can be accomplished with real time data synchronization and integration. By filtering sensitive data and transforming data into a central database, sales can be viewed in a consistent model for operations and reporting. Orders placed from the counter, phone, or website should all sync to the same backend systems.

Exhibiting at NRA

Interested to hear more about real time data synchronization and how it can help your business? You'll find JumpMind on Level 3 North Hall exhibiting in the Technology Pavilion at booth #5670. Come visit us to share success stories, learn advanced product information, and see a demo of SymmetricDS, our data synchronization and integration solution. With SymmetricDS you have a single mechanism for synchronizing databases and files between your systems. Manage it all from a central location, with one integration platform to understand and monitor. SymmetricDS is a proven solution that is implemented in companies that are synchronizing as many as 50,000 nodes, with low-bandwidth connections and occasionally connected networks.

 

Eric Long
Author: Eric Long

Eric is a software developer and technology enthusiast with a background in developing custom applications for Information Technology. As a long-time Linux user, he strongly believes in open source. He focuses on product solutions and spreading the word for JumpMind.