Qantas boasts of success in its information technology revamp, and more items in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion on 4 September.
Qantas enjoys smoother skies with new tech operation
Qantas says the Clarity PPM system, a project management application from CA Technologies that the airline installed in October 2011, gave visibility to spreadsheets and other sources of data in seven legacy systems from outsourcers – IBM, Fujitsu, Telstra, Optus, TCS, Satyam, and Amadeus, says Qantas chief information officer Paul Jones, in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.
The project management application centrally stores technology project information, such as where it is installed, phases of implementation, and upcoming projects.
“That means it’s easier to take a portfolio view across the entire airline rather than everyone having their own pots of technology,” Jones said.
MVI launches industry-first mobile device management solution
The new 250-room Lâ€™Hotel Ă©lan in Hong Kong is the first customer to try MVI’s service, which helps the hotel offer live and on-demand video and guest services via an iPad in each guest room.
EarthCam celebrates its 16th anniversary with two Times Square camera live-streams
Free, live views of Times Square are now online round-the-clock thorough EarthCam, a New Jersey pioneer of the network camera software and distribution.
Online marketing star joins Marin Software as part of hiring spree
At Marin Software, the digital specialist for search marketing for Hotels.com (details here) and other companies, it’s the second week on the job for Jon Myers, former director of search and display account management at Yahoo UK, and now commercial director for EMEA at Marin Software, which has been hiring a new employee every week on average for months thanks to its stellar funding round last winter.
New visual sharing site LoveIt touts its appeal to travelers
Similar to Pinterest, LoveIt has created pages for partners Airbnb (loveit.com/airbnb) and Gogobot: http://loveit.com/Gogobot are their newest travel partners. A video explains how it differs from Pinterest.
Swiss company GlobRes claims success by connecting with Lodgegate PMS
In a news release, GlobRes tells a story of enhanced distribution and inventory management for a GlobRes connected hotel in Amsterdam, NL Hotel Museumplein. The hotel adopted the 2-way XML interface connection between our PMS system Lodgegate, GlobRes Xpress and the GlobRes CRS.
“Each booking that is being generated through an OTA, GDS, and IDS or through our own homepage comes directly in our PMS without any errors. We donâ€™t have to do anything manually anymore,” says one exec at the hotel.
“We have our PMS, channel manager and CRS system interfaced with each other and we only work from Lodgegate PMS to update our rates, availability. Every change, regarding rates, bookings, restrictions, etc., can be transmitted through Lodgegate,” says another exec at the hotel.
McDonaldâ€™s to open first vegetarian outlets
In India, next year. Think: “McAloo Tikki, (a patty of spicy mashed potatoes, deep fried) and McSpicy Paneer (a patty of traditional Indian cheese).”