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HIA vs Data Plus

HIA and Data Plus both offer hotel-specific financial management software.  In a showdown between HIA versus Data Plus, Who is the Best Choice?

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The Rundown

While both offer hotel-specific financial management software, the main distinction between HIA and Data Plus is that HIA is a modern, true-cloud based ERP and accounting system with a user-friendly design, and Data Plus is an older hotel accounting system that some say lacks intuitiveness, and has been adapted for the cloud with Citrix.

Feature Comparison

Features & Functionality
Data Plus
Advanced Document Management
Budgeting & Forecasting
Business Intelligence
Full Mobile Capabilities
Employee Expense Management
Real-Time Bank Balances
Dynamic Expense Approval Process
Enhanced Reporting
STR Connectivity
Custom Daily Report per Hotel
Drill Down on Reports
Report Scheduler
Labor Management
Two Factor Authentication
Secure by User and Device
Change Passwords Yourself
Ease of Use
Fully Browser-based
Knowledge Base integrated
Search Capabilities within System
Drag & Drop Files
Two-Way Excel Integration
Asset Management
Contract Management
Accounts Receivable
Fixed Assets
Unlimited Users Included
Open API
Three Years of Detailed GL History

What Do Our Customers Say About HIA?

Scot Hopps, VP Operations

Lark Hotels

Top 5 Differentiators

Differentiator #1:

HIA Offers Intuitive User Interface


As an advanced ERP & Accounting system, HIA has a fresh user-friendly design with many intuitive features that enable users to navigate the system with ease and speed. Among others these include:

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Data Plus

While also a hotel-specific accounting software, Data Plus has an older user interface design that can cause challenges in ease of use. For example, some simple operations can require multiple function keys. 

The system also does not offer many automations, such as no automatic input of General Ledger codes, which is a manual process, leaving room for error.  The system does offer drill down on reports, but it is more limited than compared to HIA.

Differentiator #2:

HIA is True-Cloud Software


HIA is a true-cloud system built for speed and tight integrations. That means that both the system and reports run quickly, there is a 99.98% Uptime, and HIA has an Open API for tight integrations with 250+ partners.

HIA is set up for Unlimited Users, Unlimited Properties, and does NOT charge any per-user fees, so hotel companies can have as many team members in the system as they like. 

The modern HIA system can be accessed from any browser and device or from the full-functionality Mobile App where all changes are immediately synced to the system. 

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Data Plus

Data Plus connects to the cloud through Citrix. This can causes issues – such as slower system processing speeds and challenges with users not being able to reset their own passwords. 

As an older system without an Open API, setting up integrations can be an involved process, limiting integration options.

There are per-user fees which can limit access to the system.

Data Plus does not have a Mobile App.

Differentiator #3:

HIA is a Total Back-Office Solution


HIA’s ERP technology includes extensive modules and features like Dashboards with KPIs by property or portfolio, and rich Reporting with Budgeting & Forecasting included in the standard package. 

Additionally HIA is designed so that management companies can manage their corporate books in the same software as the hotel properties, with full Accounts Receivable and Advanced Intercompany for easily splitting transactions across multiple hotels/the entire portfolio.

Not to mention, HIA has additional back office modules that can be added on for more enterprise level functionality like Project/Construction Management, Purchase Orders, and Fixed Assets.

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Data Plus

Data Plus is designed for hotel property accounting with some additional functionality, but it does not have the full range of features as HIA. The standard package does not include Budgeting & Forecasting, which is an add-on cost.

The software cannot manage corporate books on the same platform as the hotels, because it does not have Accounts Receivable functionality. More enterprise level modules like Project/Construction Management, are also not available.

Differentiator #4:

HIA Connects to Bank Accounts


HIA’s BankConnect module pulls in data from regional banks across the portfolio so that your team does not need to log into separate banks to get cash balances. It is a one time setup process to connect the banks and then the module can simply be refreshed at any time for live bank balances in HIA. 

Bank Reconciliation, is a streamlined process where bank transactions can be scheduled to pull in automatically so no export/import process is required. Similarly, no cash management entry is required either as the Journal Entries flow into cash management automatically.

Additionally, HIA’s Smart Match filters allow for fast processing and reconciliation is based on the transaction date, not post period, providing both a more accurate picture of cash on hand and faster reconciliation.

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Data Plus

Data Plus has bank reconciliation but more limited without the same level of automations. There is no option to connect bank accounts or access live cash balances across the portfolio.

Differentiator #5:

HIA Offers Quick Processing and Time Savings


The processing speed is fast throughout HIA’s true-cloud system – whether in running reports, reclassifying, or general system speed.

Reports populate quickly and there is no lag time between modules when moving around the system.  Shortcuts like the Favorites tab give users a way to pull up reports directly without going into any of the modules first. 

HIA also has time savings workflow automations like dynamic expense approval, where expense approvals can be routed based on thresholds. Mobile notification options enable users to stay on top of approvals.

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Data Plus

Similar to other Citrix based software, the system lacks speed, especially for running statements.

As not all features are available in the current version, sometimes users some need to switch back and forth between versions to access the full functionality. There also can be challenges with Printing/Check writing due to the Citrix.

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