HITEC 41: Mobile and Real-Time Data

It’s taken a few days for it all to sink in. I left HITEC sensing mobile and the resulting real-time communication was a dominant theme this year and the future of our business, but barely scratching the surface of overall impact. With the lightening pace of change, the role of…

Employees Untethered

This is the year of the tablet. Try and find a vendor, that doesn’t have a tablet as part of their product. In two years we will have forgotten that there was actually a “year of the tablet.” As mobile, hand held computing will become so ubiquitous in the operation…

It’s Going to Change Bigtime

The REALLY Big Show “The Rise of the Metamediaries” sounds like a science fiction horror show. The “rise” occurred on Tuesday afternoon and It was a REALLY big show starring senior people from Facebook, Google, Trip Advisor and Room 77. The stage was groaning with all these heavyweights in one…

You Fools, You Picked Me Again

Well, hello again! For better or worse, I’m back for another year as a HITEC Guest Blogger. I so enjoyed meeting and speaking with many of you last year, and writing up my thoughts,that when the opportunity arose I once again tossed my hat in the ring. I’m pleased and…

[Ask the Experts] HITEC 2013 Keynote: David Wolman

As we lead up to HITEC 2013 in June, HFTP Connect will be talking to our keynote speakers about their expertise and how it relates to thehospitality industry through the Ask the Experts column. An Expert View on the Monetary Revolution David Wolman is a contributing editor at Wired. He has…

Career Management in the Digital Era: Are You a Member of The Denovati?

As the Digital Era continues to evolve, professionals face all kinds of new challenges. It doesn’t matter what their professional discipline is or what stage of their career they are in. Although specific requirements will vary, all professionals are increasingly expected to develop their digital competencies and have a working…

Brad’s Laws for Good Hotel IT Products

I’m going to start with a caveat: An old, jaded and cynical hospitality software developer wrote this post. I think in terms of return on investment. If you think that hotels are gilded palaces to guest experience, then this post is not for you. You are cordially invited to stop…

Top 3 [+1] Favorite Guest Technologies From HITEC 2012

Finally, a moment to recharge – for both my smart phone and myself. HITEC 2012 is my first experience with Hospitality Finance and Technology Professionals (HFTP). I am quite impressed with the organization and array of innovative technologies I see in the exhibit hall. Now that I’ve seen the technologies…

[HITEC Guest Blogger] Meet Christina Dzingala

HFTP Connect is featuring four guest bloggers throughout HITEC 2012. The bloggers will be providing you their insights on all things HITEC. Before we get to Baltimore next week, get to know our guest bloggers. We already met Brad More and Nicole Hockin. Now, let’s meet Christina Dzingala. Christina Dzingala…

The New Age of Online Hotel Reservations

The Power of Online Bookings, Mobile-Friendly Web sites and a Unique User Experience There’s no question that the Internet has taken center stage as the hotel reservation method of choice worldwide. As price sensitive vacationers turn to third party reservation systems for the best deal and last minute travelers turn…