TimeForge can integrate and communicate with several Point of Sale systems, including Aloha by Radiant Systems. Aloha is a great Point of Sale system, with dealers all over the world.
TimeForge integration with Aloha involves installing the TimeForge Aloha Bridge software on a computer system with access to the Aloha installation directory.
The software will read and write to your Aloha system as necessary, and can keep employees, positions / job codes, sales, and time punches synchronized between the two systems.
Additionally, you can use the TimeForge Fingerprint scanner with Aloha POS to allow biometric clock-in’s and clock-out’s.
Ensure the Software is Configured Properly
If the TimeForge Aloha Bridge was not properly configured to use a Web Service account, you will first need to configure the Web Service account.
Configure the TimeForge Aloha Bridge
If the TimeForge Aloha Bridge has not yet been fully configured, make sure to set up the Web Service Username and Password to access your TimeForge data.
These values can be configured on the TimeForge website, and will allow the software to communicate with TimeForge securely.
Configure the Aloha POS Integration
If the Aloha POS location has not yet been configured, you must first configure where Aloha stores the daily grind files.
Locate the Aloha POS Settings
Configure the Aloha POS side of the TimeForge Aloha Bridge. Some of the important values on this screen include:
1. The path to the Aloha grind files, which is normally C:\Aloha or C:\AlohaQS (for quick service or QSR restaurants).
2. Choose how many previous days TimeForge should consider for labor adjustments. This ensures that TimeForge scans old time punch / time card entries to identify manager edits to time punches.
3. By default, TimeForge users the time punch values from Aloha. However, if you would like to circumvent the Aloha time punches (time cards), and would prefer to use the TimeForge Attendance system and optional biometrics, then please un-check this option.
Review Synchronization Settings in Aloha
Review the TimeForge Aloha Bridge dashboard.
1. The Last Successful Sync Date shows the last date and time that the software was able to read from your Aloha grind files. This normally happens once per day, and should occur automatically.
2. The Last Synchronization shows the last date and time that a synchronization was attempted.
3. The Status shows the status of the last synchronization (it will either be SUCCESSFUL or FAILED).
4. The Next Synchronization shows the date and time of the next scheduled synchronization.
You are all done. TimeForge will synchronize your data based on the needs of your restaurant, and will keep the data in TimeForge and in Aloha POS communicating properly.