Key components of a POS system
Modern POS systems consist of hardware and software components. The software is what registers, processes and stores transaction details, but there are crucial differences in how it is stored and used between different POS software systems.
All modern POS systems have a frontend interface for the point of sale and a backend (sometimes called ‘backoffice’ or ‘dashboard’) side for behind-the-scenes analytics and management functions.
The staff processing the transactions use the frontend interface, normally on a touchscreen monitor or tablet screen. The backend is accessed separately in a browser or application window either on the same device or separate computer or mobile device.
Regardless of your type of POS software, those two will be connected and synced, but there are two following ways that data can be stored: