Micros point of sale (POS) system review

We review the Oracle Micros POS system, or Micros Simphony POS, built for complete restaurant, bar or hotel management.

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TechRadar Verdict

Micros POS solution is a staple in the restaurant industry thanks to durable equipment, fast service transactions, and user friendly inventory management. Smaller enterprises may feel this system is one to ‘grow into’.


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    Established POS software for the hospitality industry

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    InMotion mobile analytics app for iOS and Android

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    Heavily customizable


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    System dashboard can look outdated compared to others

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    One of the most expensive options on the market

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Micros POS system is perhaps one of the best point of sale (POS) systems for restaurants, hotel resorts, bars, cafés, and casinos. The Oracle point of sale software provides stable, reliable and secure payment management services. As well as transaction operations, we decided to review everything about Oracle's Micros Simphony POS system: including its many employee administration, ordering, inventory and reporting tools. 

A strong sign for the POS is that its client list include Starbucks, Dunkin' Brands, Outback Steakhouse, TGI Fridays, MAX Burgers and hotel chains like Scandic Hotels. Micros has been a staple of the restaurant POS system market for years. This all-in-one cloud point of sale platform helps restaurateurs to optimize their online and in-house operations in real time, from any device.

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Oracle has an established global presence, with the Micros Simphony POS platform already operational in 180 countries, processing 25,000 transactions every minute and 5.9 billion transactions annually. 

Oracle Micros has been named a leader in the IDC MarketScape Worldwide assessment for the third year running. As you would expect, Oracle brings POS technology and architecture expertise, bolstered by big investments in R&D.

As most POS software is rarely ‘one size fits all’, and with many solutions available on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your business. Our Micros POS review looks at its key features, to enable you to decide if it is the right product for your company.

Micros POS: Plans and pricing 

The costs for PCI DSS compliant Micros POS are quote-based, but the basic pricing associated with their Simphony POS products are listed online. With a choice of three plans, Micros POS is similar to other systems. 

Micros Simphony Essentials

Starting at $55, Essentials is their entry level plan. It’s aimed at small hospitality businesses who need a reliable POS system. It includes:

  • The ability to accept orders from your website or app, including 3rd parties such as Uber Eats
  • An app where you can manage menus, including pricing and promotions
  • The ability to adjust pricing and tailor menus, based on whether food will be delivered or collected

Oracle Micros Simphony POS prices

It’s best to contact Micros POS for a quote. (Image credit: Oracle)  (Image credit: Oracle)

Micros Simphony Plus

The Plus plan is $75, aimed at multi-location and franchise operations, and has additional flexibility, advanced analytics and marketing features.

Micros Simphony Single Tenant

For businesses that want to run their own technology and connect to Micros POS, the Single Tenant Plan is quoted on demand.

Micros POS: Features

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Simphony POS enables your business to thrive with powerful restaurant point of sale system software, but how? Let's examine the standout features that will help you to keep running a successful hospitality outlet.


Micros Simphony Labor Management and Scheduling

Manual staff scheduling can be tedious and time-consuming. The restaurant scheduling software enables managers to schedule shifts with real-time forecasts and employee data. 

An invaluable asset for the busy hospitality manager, last-minute scheduling issues can be resolved, and the cost of overtime shifts potentially reduced. This can be operated from any device and staff can be incentivized too, as top performers can be rewarded when utilizing data from employee performance reports.


Micros Simphony Inventory management 

POS restaurant inventory management tools can help you minimize waste by maintaining optimal stock levels. Using real-time forecasting data, the system optimizes order timing to show what you should have on the shelf. 

Simphony POS also connects with your vendors and suppliers, empowering you to spot pricing trends, complete reorders quickly, open invoices online, and develop menus.


Micros Simphony POS hardware

Created by the Oracle brand, it comes as no surprise that they offer robust and durable POS hardware that’s built to last. Micros' touchscreen POS tablets and monitors are spill resistant and have been created to withstand weather impact, so they're well suited to outdoor dining needs.  

Micros Workstation 6 Series & Customer-Facing Display

The Micros Workstation 6 Series is Oracle's bestseller and has a high quality, anti-glare wide screen which works with Windows and Linux. It is IP-53 rated, indicating it's durable in the face of dust, grime and liquids. 

As a helpful customer accessory to the 6 Series terminal you can also purchase the customer facing display, available with a sleek 22-inch display pole or for direct mounting to the POS terminal. 

Micros Workstation 3 Series 

This portable, wireless tablet POS system is ten inches wide and a handy, hardy alternative for mobile dining outlets, or pop-up street food vendors. A smaller seven inch Tablet 700 Series with an LED screen is also available from Oracle's POS assortment. 

Built into the Micros POS 3 Series is a customer facing display at no extra cost and a magnetic stripe reader. Expert design has gone into the 3 Series, with vibration and shock resistance to safeguard against hardware errors. The screen is a delight to use, with a bright display the defends against sun glare. 

Simply connect to Wi-Fi to start taking orders. The device accepts NFC payments like Google Pay and is ideal for contactless dining. If you have a flexible budget, you can choose from different tablet mounting options and a fingerprint reader for user authentication. 

Other Micros POS hardware

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Oracle also provide self-service kiosks, secure credit card processors and Kitchen Facing Displays.

All hardware provides secure employee controls, and modern design which includes Oracle's POS extras like weight scales, barcode scanners and receipt printers. The website proudly promotes ‘Upgrade Your POS Hardware for $1’, which is an attractive offer for new customers. 


Micros Simphony POS integrations

Being Oracle, the Micros Simphony POS naturally has a wealth of integration partners readily available to find in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. 

Thanks to an open API, suited to Microsoft Windows or Oracle Linux devices, you can quickly connect with third party ordering outlets like xDine™, self-service kiosk management software, restaurant reservation tools and more. 


Micros Simphony POS Reporting & Analytics

Need insights into stock levels, operations progress or employee account activity from your POS system? Micros has got this covered in spades. You can easily access any critical business decision-making data for single or multiple stores in one helpful dashboard. 

Simphony point of sale software gathers customer and business data in real time from multiple sales channels. In one screen, you can switch from sales forecast data to discount management. 

Oracle has developed an InMotion mobile analytics app—suited to iOS and Android—for business owners to help them stay informed in the busy sector of hospitality.

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Micros Simphony Loyalty Programme Management

If you want to get your restaurant footfall up, a digitally managed loyalty programme is an efficient way to go about it. Oracle offer a loyalty management tool via Micros POS that can help you to create custom loyalty campaigns based on buyer behavior. 

Reward your regular customers returning and new ones for trying out your business with strategic promotion management to incentivize brand loyalty. 


Micros Simphony Menu Management 

With Simphony POS' sophisticated menu management system, updating menu items across multiple locations is straightforward. The changes made can update restaurant, takeaway and mobile ordering menus in real time to keep up with the pace of your foodservice. 

With plenty of rich restaurant POS features to help your business not only function efficiently, but maximize operations, Micros POS helps lead the way in hospitality tech. We've highlighted the most relevant features they offer above, but many others including Kitchen Display Systems, table management, and Waitlist and Reservations organisation tools are also available from Oracle. 

Simphony also supports multiple languages and currencies, from Chinese and Japanese to Spanish, French, German, Italian, and more. Whether you're operating in one country or span the globe, we've got you covered.


One of our favourite features, though not flashy, is the ability to customize the look and language of your POS system. Being a large and long established tech company, you have to appreciate that Oracle keep up with POS trends and offer SMB owners the ability to design a bespoke POS interface to match their branding. When your food business is just starting to make a name for itself, consistency and style is important. 

Micros POS: Interface and ease of use

The Micros POS system was developed for ease of use. It’s simple to navigate, which is key in a busy hospitality environment. It’s not the most complex or aesthetically pleasing dashboard on the market, though. 

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The interface is designed with your restaurant in mind and this helps to streamline controls like employee onboarding and staff training.  Simphony puts engaging, real-time information at the fingertips of your customers and your staff. Ordering is intuitive. Updates to daily specials, menu details, and personalized promotions are delivered to each touchpoint automatically.  

Micros POS: Support

Although there is a telephone number provided, support can be found through the portal ‘My Oracle Support.’ Users are required to register to enable them to search the knowledge base, and to find help resolving issues.

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Online criticism of Oracle suggests they need an open dialog with their customers to reduce complexity, something Oracle is looking to address through an online community forum. 

There is a 378-member ‘Oracle Micros Support Group’ on Facebook, but it appears that members with similar issues are helping each other, rather than Oracle’s own support staff! 

Micros POS: the competition

When it comes to point of sale solutions specifically for food outlets, also take a look at Toast. While other POS systems are split between industries, Toast has always been focused on addressing the specific challenges of hospitality providers. The cost comes in at $165 per month, with the pricing model per feature. There is also a free version, to enable a small company to get up and running with the system. 

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Toast is an all-in-one POS system with a focus on food service

Low cost hardware is a selling point of Micros POS. An industry-leading point-of-sale workstation is supplied for just $1 with every license. Toast’s hardware starts at $899. 

For this price, you'll receive one 10-inch terminal, a flip stand and a magnetic card reader. Like Lavu's restaurant POS system, both companies provide well-designed hardware, built to withstand the rigors of any restaurant environment.

Micros POS: Final verdict

Once configured and implemented, the Micros POS software is easy to use. It's heavily customizable, enabling the system to adapt to changes within your business and products. Combined with their $1 hardware match, you can upgrade all your technology for an incredibly low cost.

Micros POS particularly excels at data capture, storage, and reporting. The POS platform is also well-positioned to help grow hospitality businesses with modern restaurant brands who favour high-tech Kitchen Display Systems and menu management. Such brands have the potential to scale and be the next generation of restaurants, including those built around virtual kitchen and digital concepts.

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Despite the hardware offer, for the smaller business Micros POS can be expensive when starting out. Fortunately, if your food business has a sufficient retail footprint, Micros restaurant POS pricing can be negotiated to more competitive rates.

The sheer size of Oracle as a company means that it is somewhat out of touch with SMBs, and sometimes slow to adapt to their requirements. All things considered, Micros POS is a secure, reliable POS system which is superbly put together, but it's best suited to larger hospitality companies and growing food vendors. 

Amanda Akien

Amanda Akien started her career in tech journalism, before jumping into the marketing world. Now she is back to her roots writing tech articles on topics including cybersecurity, tech skills and automation for UK and US audiences. Her work can be found in The Guardian and TechRadar Pro.