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5 Myths About Property Management System Integrations

Posted on 20 February 2024

Venue Management


Hotels can benefit greatly from Property Management System (PMS) integration, but first, let's debunk some common myths about it.

This article has been kindly provided by Springer-Miller Systems (SMS), PMS integration partners of iVvy.

Integration is a hot-button topic in the hospitality world. New systems and opportunities appear each day, while longstanding property management system (PMS) providers work furiously to integrate with the latest additions to the hospitality technology landscape. The situation can be frustrating for both the hotelier and the PMS provider. However, everyone has the same goal to ensure that hotel and resort systems communicate effectively and your guests have the best experience possible.

Let’s dispel these five common myths about PMS and integration;


Myth #1: PMS Providers Don’t Want to Integrate

Most PMS providers recognize and embrace their role as the nucleus of the technology ecosystem for hotels and resorts. By integrating with third-party system providers, they seek to enhance and cement that role, encouraging their customers to build onto the central data repository that they provide. For most PMS providers, integration is part of their strategic vision and growth as a company and a core tenant of their customer success program. 


Myth #2: PMS Providers Don’t Offer Open APIs


API stands for Application Program Interface and is the method used by software developers to communicate within and between systems. A private API is only used internally to facilitate communications within a particular software system. An open API is publicly available and provides developers with the information and requirements they need to create interfaces between two systems.

Almost all PMS companies, including SMS, offer an open API so that other systems can interface. However, in most cases offering an open API is not the same as providing unfettered integration. Integrations need to be monitored and certified due to a range of security, stability and management challenges that are inherent in hospitality technology.


Myth #3: Data Scraping is a Fine Substitute for an Interface


Many existing systems claim they interface with a PMS when, in reality, they simply extract data at regular intervals. While in some cases this type of one-sided data collection can be effective, there are a few issues that should concern any hotel IT manager. First, these connections may impair system performance, causing unexpected slowdowns. When the data extract occurs in the evening, it may impact the night audit procedure while a daytime process can negatively affect users and their guest service delivery. When a certified interface is available, it offers greater support, stability and benefits than an unregulated practice.


Secure Data Extract (SDE) provides an inexpensive framework to support automated, schedulable, one-way data exports from your PMS to other hospitality systems. Acting as a protective gateway to your system, the SDE facilitates rapid, reliable and more frequent access to the data that hospitality product vendors need to provide services to properties and their guests.


Myth #4: Interfaces with Similar Third-Party Systems are All the Same


System integration has indeed improved dramatically over the past 15 years. However, the hospitality technology ecosystem still consists of a wide range of technologies, programming languages and databases. To ensure that systems consistently and accurately pass the correct information, both providers need to extensively test and verify all new interfaces. In addition, with an increased need for cybersecurity, software providers need to be diligent and detail-oriented when carrying out 3rd party interfaces. While this process adds time and complexity to even a basic integration, it is an investment well made.


Myth #5: Property Management Systems Don’t Offer the Integration I Need


Your PMS is probably already interfaced with hundreds of different systems. Your best bet in selecting any new add-on systems for your property is to choose one that is already certified with your PMS, an approach that will save you considerable time and money. Whenever you are considering adding new automation or changing providers, a great place to begin is the Interface Library document provided by your PMS. This guide is an encyclopedic listing of every currently available supported interface, and you can use it to guide your research process. Additional great resources include your Account Manager as well as other clients on the same PMS. Customer communities and user groups often facilitate helpful conversations about integration.


Join the New Wave of Hospitality Interconnection

This is a fascinating time in hospitality technology. Many new systems and applications are coming onto the market, promising to address operational and functional gaps while creating new opportunities to enhance guest service and increase revenue at every turn. These new systems join the hundreds of existing hospitality systems that make up the ever-expanding ecosystem of every hotel.


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