DataWorks Releases SmartSpokeTM Fourth Generation Point-of-Sale Interface

SmartSpoke, DataWorks’ latest Point-of-Sale interface system, provides a revolutionary active communication layer.

Bonita Springs, FL, October 22, 2010 --( DataWorks, Inc., developer of NeXT® inventory control software, is proud to announce the release of SmartSpokeTM, their fourth generation Point-of-Sale (POS) interface system.

For over 20 years, DataWorks has stayed ahead of the technology curve by continually improving its inventory control software interfaces to ensure their clients are on the cutting edge of technology. SmartSpoke is DataWorks’ newest interface software system, building on the traditional hub and spoke design by adding a revolutionary communication layer.

“Our headquarters’ software, NeXT, provides centralized control for multi-store retailers. NeXT prepares batches of encrypted inventory and price changes that sit behind a secure FTPS server waiting to be picked up by SmartSpoke,” explains Mark Cecil, DataWorks CEO. “NeXT also prowls around its local system seeing if any SmartSpoke system has pushed new sales or customer information up from the field. Essentially, by switching the POS communication layer to be active rather than passive we have eliminated the need for any communication listener on the POS side.”

Besides the ease of communication, SmartSpoke guarantees POS security. Fully PCI compliant, SmartSpoke removes the risk from hacking.

“We are shipping SmartSpoke integrated to the Microsoft Dynamics® Retail Management System (RMS) first,” Cecil adds. “We plan to follow the Microsoft work with full integration to the MICROS 9700 point-of- sale (POS) system. After that, who knows where the market will take us...”

Microsoft Dynamics RMS offers small and mid-market retailers a complete POS solution that can be adapted to meet unique retail requirements. This powerful software package automates POS processes and store operations and integrates with Microsoft Office system programs, Microsoft Dynamics GP, and other popular applications. Microsoft Dynamics RMS is built on a proven Microsoft platform that adapts to meet unique and changing retail needs.

“Microsoft RMS is a great stand-alone POS for traditional retail environments. With the interface to NeXT, it now allows enterprise retailers to leverage our centralized back office with their local POS. We extended the RMS ability to control and aggregate information among multiple locations,” said Cecil.

The SmartSpoke interface features full customer database integration allowing any NeXT enterprise system user to do localized and global marketing, as well as to do global customer management.

About DataWorks:
DataWorks has excelled in helping customers streamline their inventory operations since 1986. DataWorks’ inventory software, NeXT, offers purchasing, inventory, sales and bar-coding for retail and F&B management. Amusement parks, casinos, hospitals, museums, resorts, stadiums, and zoos are among the types of properties that currently use DataWorks' flagship inventory software NeXT. The feature-rich inventory software has multi-company, language, and currency capabilities. NeXT can run on a local property or span the needs of an entire enterprise.

DataWorks is a leader in providing inventory management solutions for the hospitality and entertainment industries. NeXT is sought out by clients for:

Retail Back Office
Hospitality Back Office
Retail Inventory Control
F&B Inventory Control
MICROS Retail Interface
Retail Purchasing
Hospitality Purchasing
Suggested Orders

DataWorks partners with all of the leading point-of-sale providers including: Microsoft Dynamics RMS, InfoGenesis, MICROS®, HSI, ResortSuite, SpaSoft, PAR Springer-Miller, Siriusware, Gateway Ticketing, and Volante.

For more information about DataWorks and NeXT, visit or call 239-444-1053.

DataWorks, Inc.
Guy Ardizoni