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Today I’m wrapping up a series of posts on the broad topic of Enterprise System Pitfalls. In this series, my hope was to help shed light on the primary problems that cause us to miss budgets, fall short on capabilities, or completely fail when implementing an enterprise system. 

The Year in Review
 
As 2019 comes to a close, it’s time to count our blessings. One of mine has been the privilege (and fun!) of being able to reach out to so many interesting companies and get them to tell me what they’re doing that’s different, disruptive, and game-changing. The list of things I have to write about in future columns has only gotten longer in the nine months since I started writing this column.

Sustainable Innovation
 
Sustainability can yield multiple benefits to hotels. Saving energy and water yields direct cost savings. Revenue can be generated by guests who prefer to deal with businesses that minimize their environmental impact. And many would argue that conserving scarce resources is simply the right thing to do.

Meetings Innovation
 
The sale and delivery of groups and meetings is perhaps the most significant and under-automated functions for many hotels. Even though groups often account for 30% to 60% of revenue, most group bookings are still handled manually for most if not all of steps, as they move from a meeting planner’s research to a confirmed booking.

The biggest enemy to any system is complexity. In a system of inputs and outputs, such as an enterprise system, more complexity means more parts are used in interaction with inputs to create the outputs. Every part that must be built and maintained costs time and money



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Jon Inge's 2013 Technology Year in Review

01/10/2014
by Jon Inge
Part 1 of 8 - Check back daily for each section of Jon's Technology Year in Review.
(excerpt from full post - 01/09/14 Siegel Sez Newsletter
 

     It’s been an odd year.  Apart from Indra’s bringing its successful and comprehensive TMS system to the US market and Choice launching its proprietary GMS onto the open market under the SkyTouch name, no major new systems have appeared.  The sound and fury surrounding “mobile everywhere” has signified nothing much more than a flurry of apps spreading existing functionality across more convenient devices, putting even more strain on overloaded WiFi networks.  There have certainly been many interesting developments across the board, but these have tended to be incremental rather than game-changing.  Probably the biggest news of the year was Amadeus’ takeover of Newmarket, which may indicate a potential shake up in the established order of vendors, and this is discussed more below.
     One topic that received little coverage this year was that of cloud-based systems, indicating that it’s no longer controversial.  Some GMSs and many utility applications are available only as remotely-hosted systems, but pretty much every one on the market can now be configured that way for properties that don’t want to look after their own servers.  Some remote sites with poor communications will still be better off with an on-premise system, but the reliability and data availability of cloud-hosted systems is now proven.  The decision on whether or not to use them has become one of balancing long-term costs against greater security and peace of mind.
     The great WiFi debate also seems to have cooled off, at least towards the end of the year.  There’ll always be pressure on hotels to provide more bandwidth for guest use, but it does seem to be becoming more acceptable to charge for higher-demand uses such as streaming video.  Charging for basic access to check e-mail, however, is increasingly unacceptable to todays’ travelers, and charge-for-all-access hold-outs will face very strong pressure to either drop the charge altogether or to wrap it into room rates to make it inconspicuous.
     Hospitality made it into the wider press world again this year, not (thankfully) for guestroom door lock security issues but in the much more positive sense of creating jobs and showing strong growth.  “Inc.” magazine emphasized the largely unrecognized contribution of the hospitality industry to the country’s economic recovery through increased hiring, with four hospitality companies included in its survey of the top 100 companies for job creation from 2008 to 2011. The magazine also recognized Sceptre Hospitality Resources, UniFocus and The Rainmaker Group in its Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.  Excellent work!
About The Author
Jon Inge

Jon Inge and Associates


Jon Inge is an independent consultant specializing in hotel property level technologies. Jon is a regular contributor to Hospitaity Upgrade and writes a bi-monthly technology newsletter covering technology in the hospitality industry that appears on Hotel-Online.com.

 
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