As technology developments continue at a relentless pace, it can be difficult for hotels, leisure providers and those in hospitality to keep up with recent changes, let alone look to the future. However, the savings and improvements that technology can deliver mean that managers and directors really need to keep one eye on these six trends.
1. Cloud / Software as a Service (SaaS)
Software delivered as a service, rather than held on premise is already a mainstream technology topic and despite being a new concept in the hospitality sector, it is already big news. At Infor, I would estimate around 85% of the queries we see from hospitality companies and hotels include a serious look at cloud computing. Two main factors are behind this.
Firstly, upfront investment is lower with the cloud as there are no initial hardware costs or associated expenses such as full time, in-house IT staff to maintain the system. Secondly, hotels like the idea of taking the headache and distractions of IT off their site, leaving them free to focus on the day-to-day business of looking after their guests.
As well as the low capital expenditure of the cloud and the cultural “fit”, there is also the fact that implementation timetables can shrink from months to days, resulting in immediate and obvious benefits in obtaining time to value.
The sum total of these drivers is that cloud technology is no passing fad: for the hospitality sector it is the new norm.
For instance serviced apartment specialist City Nites, has chosen to replace its on-premise legacy system with a new cloud based hotel management system. The cloud deployment was chosen because it allows City Nites to minimise property hardware requirements, reducing overall cost of ownership.
Likewise, Hunley Hotel & Golf Club has moved its hotel management system to the cloud as it reduces the administrative and IT burden of hosting and maintaining the application on site and offers lower upfront capital expenditure and an easier way to get regular upgrades to the application to ensure it is always up-to-date. Read more
Published in: http://www.hospitalitynet.org
By: Calum McIndoe