The global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder,Êhas announced a partnership agreement with Agilysys, Inc. whereby SiteMinder’s Channel Manager will connect with Agilysys’ next-generation cloud hospitality platform, rGuest¨, to integrate with Agilysys’ award-winning property management systems and automate the flow of rates, availability and reservations for hotel customers.
SiteMinder’s Channel Manager allows hotels to continuously promote available rooms on all their booking channels and immediately update inventory across those channels when a booking is made. It eliminates manual entry and reduces the risk of overbookings with deep, two-way integrations between a hotel’s property management system (PMS) and the online travel agencies, wholesalers, hotel websites and global distribution systems it sells through.
ÒThis partnership reinforces our mission and strategy to partner with technology leaders that deliver significant value to hotels,Ó said David Chestler, Executive Vice President of Global Enterprise SalesÊand Business Development at SiteMinder. ÒBoth SiteMinder and Agilysys are committed to providing solutions that enable hotels to compete more effectively. We are excited to expand our footprint in the U.S. hospitality market and to join forces with Agilysys to deliver a state-of-the-art solution to hotel customers of all sizes.Ó
Agilysys’ next-generation cloud hospitality platform, rGuest, provides the industry standard integration framework that connects SiteMinder’s Channel Manager with the Agilysys PMS solutions. rGuest provides a standards-based solution on an open architecture with public APIs to enable richly-integrated applications delivered from Agilysys, its partners and customers. Agilysys’ property management solutions include the Lodging Management System¨ (LMS), Visual One¨ PMS and the groundbreaking cloud-based rGuest¨ Stay PMS. The company’s award-winning property management solutions are used in hotels around the world Ð including large casino properties, boutique hotels, chain hotels and resorts Ð to streamline operational efficiency, increase revenue and enhance the guest experience.
ÒThis partnership combines the power of our rGuest cloud hospitality platform with the breadth of SiteMinder’s Channel Manager to make the online distribution of rooms simple and seamless for our joint customers,Ó said Jim Walker, Senior Vice President of Global Revenue at Agilysys.
The partnership between SiteMinder and Agilysys addresses a key finding in Phocuswright and h2C’sÊIndependent Lodging Market Report, co-sponsored by SiteMinder, that half of US independent hotels use a PMS, yet only 13 percent use an integrated channel management solution. The partnership also addresses the need for hotels to adopt secure technology. SiteMinder’s Channel Manager and all of Agilysys’ PMSs comply with PCI DSS standards.