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fhrai magazine talks to Vijay Choudhary, GM-IT of HRH Hotels

Posted by on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

fhrai (Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India) magazine talks to Vijay Choudhary, General Manager – Information Technology, I.T. Department, HRH Group of Hotels, Eternal Mewar

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“IT Department is a strong ‘Profit-CENTRE’ candidate

Bracing up for challenges

Integrated BI solutions for complete business agility and analysis on top of the PMS, RMS, CRS and MMS.
• Specialized Hospitality cloud services in the form of IaaS (Infrastructure as a service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service).
• Desktop virtualisation at key Guest Service areas/Departments like Front Office, Point of Sale (F&B Services) and Housekeeping.
• Increased commoditisation of rooms requires low-cost and integrated single platform comprising of PMS, RMS, OTA inventory management tool to handle market dynamics in more automated ways.

Needs of IT in today’shospitality

The needs could be divided into three different perspectives:
• Business: IT should be completely integrated and part of the corporate strategy in the Hospitality business.
• IT Infrastructure: Has to be deployed looking into the elasticity of demand of IT services, wherein at the supply side, the perishable
IT services are available in the form of Cloud, virtualization technology, etc.
• CIO/Head IT: CIO should have a place in the boardroom to assess, suggest and implement technology keeping pace with the growth and market dynamics.

Products, Services and Trends

• Integrated BI solutions for complete business agility and analysis on top of the PMS, RMS, CRS and MMS.
• Specialised Hospitality cloud services in the form of IaaS (Infrastructure as a service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service).
• Desktop virtualisation at key Guest Service areas/Departments like Front Office, Point of Sale (F&B Services) and Housekeeping.
• Increased commoditisation of rooms requires low-cost and integrated single platform comprising of PMS, RMS, OTA inventory management tool to handle market dynamics in more automated ways.

‘IT Department’ as a ‘Revenue Creation’ opportunity

It’s a common perception that the IT department is nothing but a mere cost centre. Now, with the capability of developing new customers, new markets and creating new revenue streams, the IT department can now be seen as a ‘Profit-Centre’. IT as a platform is contributing a lot to hotels getting the property made available on one click of a mouse to the entire world. The hotel website, considered as the face of property, now seems the preferred way of customer acquisition and retention. Social media presence, OTA channels, GDS/IDS all made IT a competitive advantage for greater customer reach and retention.

The IT team in synergy with ‘Revenue Department’ can bring in a big difference in terms of growth of revenue, better RevPAR and ADRs.

Viewpoint
My concern - (Alignment of business strategy with IT objectives + Incremental IT service delivery expectations) versus (availability of domain expert manpower and its recognition/retention)

Opinion - IT should be considered equal to a main hotel operational department. IT matrices and evaluation parameters should be introduced at various processes like strategic initiatives, brand representation and assessment, customer facing events, budgeting, internal audits and appraisals.

Vijay Choudhary, DY General Manager, IT, HRH Group of Hotels shares his view on Cloud Computing with magazine ITNext

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Vijay Choudhary, DY General Manager, IT, HRH Group of Hotels shares his view on Cloud Computing with magazine ITNext in their June 2012 issue

HRH Heritage Hotels sees future in mid-market segment’ says Economic Times and Times of India

Posted by on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

‘HRH Heritage Hotels sees future in mid-market segment’ says Economic Times and Times of India

IT NEXT Issue of May’2012 features DGM-IT of HRH Group of Hotels

Posted by on Monday, May 28th, 2012

IT NEXT Issue of May’2012 features Vijay Choudhary, Dy. General Manager – Information Technology, I.T. Department of HRH Group of Hotels

Annual function of Maharana Mewar Public School and Maharana Mewar Vidya Mandir

Posted by on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

The two schools under Eternal Mewar umbrella, celebrated their Annual Prize Giving on 14th – 15th April 2012. Dr. (Mrs.) Shyama Chona Padam Bhushan, Padam Shree was the chief guest for celebration on 14th evening. …[Read More]

HRH Group of Hotels receives the BEST HERITAGE HOTEL AWARD by International Tourism Conclave and Travel Awards (ITCTA)

Posted by Admin on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The Tourism department of Himachal Pradesh in association with International Tourism Conclave and Travel Awards had organized a three day international tourism conclave and travel awards starting from 6th April, 2012 till 8th April 2012, where HRH Group of Hotels, Udaipur has been awarded the Best Heritage Hotel award recognising the contributions made by HRH Group of Hotels to the industry. This glorious award has been bestowed by The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal to the Executive Director of HRH Group of Hotels, Mr. Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar.

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