What is the meaning / definition of Interface in the industry?

Interface is the crossing point or technical connection between different IT systems. In other words it is the direct communication/ connection between two (or more) networks/ applications/ systems that can be interlinked together without any intermediary.

In the it often refers to a connection between a PMS/ and an OTA.

Some examples:

  • 1-way Interface: Downloading of reservations from a ’s to the PMS.
  • 2-way Interface: The OTA agent ‘pulls’ and reads the rates and put by the into the PMS. On the other side, the sales team ‘pulls’ the bookings from the OTA website via an Interface into the hotels system.

See also:

  • Channel Management
  • Extranet

Synonyms

  • Direct Connect
  • Integration
  • Interfaced Connections

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