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Mr. Miller

Michael Miller

Chief Technology Officer, EZYield, a TravelClick Company

Michael Miller is a technology innovator with over 20 years of experience in advanced solution development across a variety of industries and platforms. He joined EZYield, a TravelClick company, as part of the leadership team in October 2010 and is responsible for the development and global implementation of its advanced enterprise-level infrastructure. Under Mr. Miller's technical direction, EZYield expanded its leadership role beyond being the pioneer of the world's first automated channel management technology. Its groundbreaking software-as-a-service solution has quickly become the hotel connectivity standard for revenue managers around the world. EZYield solutions significantly improve the revenue potential of hotel properties by offering integrated connectivity solutions that boost revenue and increase efficiencies by streamlining connections between hotel systems and booking channels. Today, EZYield has become the undisputed leader in integrated connectivity solutions for hotels, serving 4,000 hotels in 96 countries. Prior to his work with EZYield, Mr. Miller developed game changing products and applications for a range of world-class organizations. As a former senior engineer for the Walt Disney World Company in the 1990s, he is best known as one of the inventors of the Disney FastPass, a revolutionary queuing technology that has since become a staple at Disney theme parks around the world. He was also on the founding team of Leap Frog International, a popular line of interactive educational products. As an entrepreneur, he developed firmware that is currently used in U.S. military radar systems. Immediately prior to joining EZYield, Mr. Miller served as director of corporate IT for Compass Knowledge Group, a firm that provides sales and marketing services to nonprofit universities. Throughout his career, he delivers strategic innovation that helps companies achieve new levels of competitive advantage and customer service. Mr. Miller has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Mr. Miller can be contacted at mimiller@travelclick.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.