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Enterprise System Pitfalls: Summary
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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Top Five Reasons Not to Use Hotel Template Websites

06/22/2017
by Nimesh Dinubhai
Hotel template websites while being a cheap and fast way to set up your website are not recommended if you are looking to make the most of your money. They have limitations both in aesthetics and functionality which prevents you from truly achieving the goals of your website. Here are some of the reasons why you should go on and pass the template in favour of your own customized website.
 
1. Exclusive and unique
Working with a template denies you the ability to stand out from the crowd. Several other business are going the pick the same template that you find attractive resulting in a generic kind of websites for different websites. You cannot have exclusiveness with hotel website templates. You lose your ability to set out what makes you unique in graphical ways and even when you write it down it is not credible when your site looks like several others.
 
2. Customization 
To give the website a touch of your own brand, you will need to do several tweaks on the template. However, there is only so much one can do with a set template and doing changes severally in the end appear to make the template stretch and too filled up. You will also need to use costly software editing tools and lots of other specialized skills like coding for these.
 
3. Graphic optimization
In the design of your website you will need graphics that match your text, brand and intended message. Graphics convey a lot and are understood more by the readers. Working with a template already containing graphics not only denies you enough space for your s but also makes the addition quite hectic. Many of the template’s graphics cannot fit conceptually and thematically with your written copy. You will also be using the same coding and metadata used with hundreds of other websites having nothing to lead viewers to you.
 
4. SEO
Working in a hotel website template hinders your plans if integrating SEO in your website structure at all levels. This is because much of the structure like metadata are already in place and are in generic form not optimized for search engines to find you. There are other issues like page loading faster which you will have to readdress. 
 
5. Branding
Ultimately the biggest loss when using hotel template websites is branding. You are limited in your freedom in filling every part and layer of your website with something that reflects your brand and how you serve your customers. You are also forced to compromise of several aspects that will not fit the website since you are basically fitting in reverse.
 
About The Author
Nimesh Dinubhai
President
Websrefresh


Nimesh Dinubhai completed his studies in 2003 and launched Websrefresh to help businesses grow their ROI. He also owns two Arizona hotels, one of which earned the Historical Hotel Award in 2014.

 
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