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Definitely Doug 10/18/19
Posted: 12/06/2019

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.

Definitely Doug 12/6/19
Posted: 12/06/2019

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

Tracking the evolution of key performance indicators (KPIs) over time allows hoteliers to identify meaningful trends, create forecasts and budgets and assess the results of different strategies. To perform this kind of analysis, data has to be recorded within consistent time intervals and in chronological order. This is known as a time series.

Definitely Doug 11/15/19
Posted: 11/15/2019

Every time I turn around these days, I see a new vendor or product promising something called a complete Guest Experience Management, Guest Journey Management, or Guest Engagement (or some variation on those words). This week I looked at some of the emerging products claiming to be in this space, both to try to better understand it, and to see what promising ideas it may hold.



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#HITECnola Part 5: Special HITEC 2016 Report brought to you by DANNI Enterprises

07/05/2016
by Steve Berrey
Hospitality Upgrade reached out to the team at DANNI Enterprises to provide a summary of experiences from HITEC 2016.  Each team member scouted HITEC through the lens of his or her specific area of expertise.
 
Click here to read Part 1.
Click here to read Part 2.
Click here to read Part 3.
Click here to read Part 4.
 
 
 
Steve Berrey, Areas of expertise: business and product management, infrastructure and cabling, and network design and security

#HITECnola Part 5
I went to HITEC this year looking specifically for innovation in guest internet solutions and convergence benefits from consolidation and partnerships. One announcement caught my attention from SONIFI/Single Digits. Bernard Poncelet from Single Digits said the company is promising authentication to the casting experience via the sign-on into the Wi-Fi system. 

(editor’s note: TeleAdapt announced its Roomcast, powered by Chromecast, a media streaming solution for hotels. The company also announced that Aloft New Orleans Downtown became the first to pilot RoomCast Powered by Chromecast. And also new to the scene but with decades behind them, ADB sponsored the HITEC welcome reception and really launched their brand. Touting the phrase, the biggest hotel interactive TV provider you’ve never heard of, ADB made a big push this year.)

While I was hoping to find new, exciting and even disruptive technologies this year, honestly, I found that this industry is woefully in need of more innovation or consolidation to achieve better economies of scale. Announcements from last year’s HITEC are barely products at this year’s show, and in the guest internet space, the dreams of many years ago are still not coming to pass. Wi-fi is slightly faster, the guest experience is the same or marginally better in a few convergence partnerships. But the overall feel is one of a mature market, when we all know technology is continuing at a blistering pace forward.

 

This special report is part of a 6-part HITEC 2016 summary focusing on specific technology areas from this year’s event. The previously released part 1 and 2 are available on the TechTalk Blog. And segments 4-6 are available at the links below.
 
Part 1  
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 6
 
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About The Author
Steve Berrey




Steve Berrey, a 20+ year product and technology veteran, has been focused on the hospitality space since 2000, when he cofounded StayOnline – a managed services provider that led the early charge of Wi-Fi into the Hospitality industry.  He applies his expertise in data networking and experience in television and other converged products to help hoteliers leverage their investments to their fullest potential. He also has extensive experience in product marketing, helping vendors to craft their products for the hospitality industry and align their roadmap with their long-term corporate strategy.

Steve has been a ten-year member of HTNGs infrastructure resource team, and is constantly plugged into the latest technology trends for hotel technology products and strategies.

 
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