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Ms. Abatangle

Amy Abatangle

Executive Vice President & General Manager, Untangle

Amy Abatangle is executive vice president and general manager of Untangle's gateway division. Ms. Abatangle is responsible for delivering products to help organizations gain visibility into and control over their networks. Untangle's integrated suite of security software and appliances provide enterprise-grade capabilities yet consumer-oriented simplicity to over 400,000 customers--protecting nearly 5 million people, their computers and networks. Prior to joining the Untangle team, Ms. Abatangle had her own consulting practice with a focus on digital marketing. She worked with startup companies in online gaming, clean tech, and social media. Before striking out on her own, Ms. Abatangle held various e-commerce roles including managing sales operations for the online Apple store and leading global e-business and call center operations for Oracle university. Early in her career, Ms. Abatangle held various product management and development roles in startups at security software and digital media companies. Ms. Abatangle began her career in the early days of web development after teaching herself HTML, web server administration and Unix in her spare time as a doctoral fellow in English and Comparative Literature and Theory at Columbia University.

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Ms. Abatangle can be contacted at 866-233-2296 or info@untangle.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.