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Mr. Pal

Suman Pal

Principal Product Manager, Agilysys

Mr. Suman Pal is currently serving as Principal Product Manager at Agilysys, a leading technology company providing advanced software solutions for property management, analytics, inventory and procurement, workforce management, document management, payment gateway, point-of-sale and mobile solutions and services for the hospitality industry. Mr. Pal is responsible for the innovation of the company's next generation hospitality guest data management and analytics across food and beverage and lodging technology solutions. In this role, Mr. Pal works closely with operators to understand their day-to-day challenges and opportunities. His research work enables the development of technology that helps hoteliers better understand their guests' habits and adapt to the digital transformation happening in this industry. Mr. Pal leads strategic initiatives that elevate their guests' experiences through personalized services. He also leads the product and partner strategy for Agilysys' next generation cloud-based property management system. He has launched several new enterprise grade cloud-based products and has led global expansion of products to help customers grow their businesses in a repeatable, scalable and profitable manner. His passion about human-centered design always puts the customer experience front and center of the product development process. Prior to joining Agilysys, Mr. Pal held product strategy and solutions management roles at several leading technology firms including Microsoft, Capital One, GMAC Insurance and TalentWise. In his prior roles, Mr. Pal has tackled a variety of challenges similar to the ones currently facing the hospitality industry. Mr. Pal earned his Bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Varanasi) and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Please visit http://www.agilysys.com for more information.

Mr. Pal can be contacted at 877-369-6208 or suman.pal@agilysys.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.