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Master MICROS EMV Solutions Thread

Master MICROS EMV Solutions Thread

Master MICROS EMV Solutions Thread

I used my netiquette, and did a search for an existing thread on this subject. And while there seems to be, some mention here and there; I thought the time might be appropriate for a concentrated discussion on the issue.

Time...ha; the "deadline" was Oct 1, 2015 (right?)...and I still talk to salespeople, vendors, IT Directors...who tell me the same thing. No two people, can give them the same answer; and there is still, no "good" solution.

I was out in front of this, as a) I saw it being a real cluster; and b) it was a good source of revenue. After all...EVERYONE needs this. But then...after experiencing, the same as everyone else I've talked to (and I have a good buddy, at MerchantLink); I actually backed off...because I really didn't have, good and definitive answers/solutions.

OK...so; let's start to ease into it:

I always start my clients, by saying "the first thing you need to decide...is if you want an integrated or stand-alone solution". Integrated means less work, but is more complicated and expensive; stand-alone is cheaper and easier...but means more work.

My position is stand-alone, means...really ANY free-standing terminal; and then a separate process on MICROS, to close a check...without the authorization running through it at all. That's easy...as far as getting a terminal, and cheap; because there's no licensing/upgrade costs...and minimal programming, for the "offline" CC Close.

However...most of my customers, don't want the trade-offs/headaches. Server mistakes, double-processes, etc; they want info on integrated solutions. That's when things get FUBAR.

My understanding, is that only MLI and Elavon...have OPI approved gateways at this point. A) True? B) What does that even really mean?

Having worked with/for MICROS, coming on 20 years; I have a good relationship with MLI. Problem with their solution...as I understand it; is it requires RES be at 5.5mr1 (maybe even mr 2 or 3?). That is...to work, without loss of certain functionality (split tenders, most notably). Most of my clients, are at no higher than 5.4mr1; and an upgrade license...with lapsed support...means $10,000, before we even start talking about EMV hardware and implementation!

Elavon shows minimum RES v, as 5.2; but I'm wondering if that means...with the same functionality breaks, that MLI warns about (have to check, with my Elavon guy on that).

I'll stop there for now...as that's plenty, to get the ball rolling; but I guess I'm just wondering: what the h*ll, are you guys doing? LOL

Oh, P.S. For the record; there is NO integrated solution, for e7...correct?


RE: Master MICROS EMV Solutions Thread

We use Eigen and very happy with them. Fully integrated. Believe just need to be version 5.xx. We are 5.2. Full split cheque functionality and multiple payments on one bills. Zero server errors and easy back office reconciles.

RE: Master MICROS EMV Solutions Thread

Depends also on whether you are working with QSR or full service restaurants. Integration comes a lot cheaper these days, granted that you're licensed and have a compatible version. You also have to look at:

  • QSR or Full Service? Wired pay stations are WAY cheaper, but don't seem feasible in a traditional restaurant experience (unless you're IHOP)
  • For Wireless... are they running off of your wifi? Lapses in service along with power or connectivity issues can cause disruption. The other option is wireless stations running on cellular service, where you really start to see the costs rise.

  • We are a multi-unit full service concept, and were set to look for a solution that was: wireless, not impacted by outages, had a rented/RMA program so we didn't have to manage hardware. In a perfect world, it'd be P2PE and the device would have an OS that could have other potentially useful apps down the line.

    It's tough out there. The amount of chargebacks we get, even in our hardest hit locations, don't justify the costs we've seen. We started looking at options that sacrificed one requirement or another, and we're still actively searching. We prefer to keep our processor and they run through First Data/Datawire, so the gateway thing isn't just limited to those 2 choices you outlined.

    FWIW though, +1 to Eigen for being a comprehensive, feature-rich, problem-proof solution.

    RE: Master MICROS EMV Solutions Thread

    Merchant Link also offers a fully integrated EMV service. We have it at about 147 stores right now, all of which are on RES 5.1 MR 3. Seems to work just fine. Given we don't need chip and pin yet, it works just like normal.

    RE: Master MICROS EMV Solutions Thread

    when I was looking for a PCI compliant solution that supported EMV and chip I was looking at MerchantLink's solution but they were not yet done with developing it and it was too expensive anyway so I went with SoftPoint DataPoint which uses FirstData Clover payment devices and synchronizes Micros orders through Omnivore cloud service. Works great and I would recommend them, though you'll have to pay per month per payment device for their service.

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