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Mr. Ellicott

Andy Ellicott

Chief Product & Marketing Officer, Crate.io

Andy Ellicott is Chief Product & Marketing Officer at Crate.io, developers of CrateDB, an open source real-time SQL database for IoT and machine data. He believes that the next wave of big data is being generated by “things,” like sensors, wearables, vehicles, networks, and servers -- and yes, hotel rooms -- all of which can generate millions of data points per second. He joined Crate.io to help companies get value out of that data.

CrateDB is purpose-built for IoT. Customers in the space choose it for its ability to collect and store massive amounts of data like sensor readings and analyze it in real time. CrateDB makes this possible for mainstream software developers, which in turn, enables more rapid innovation of new IoT solutions that improve the way we live, learn, and do business.

Prior to Crate.io, Mr. Ellicott spent 20 years developing, defining, launching and marketing enterprise software for pioneering startups and early-stage companies, including Cloudant (acquired by IBM), Vertica (acquired by HP), TwinStrata (acquired by EMC), Oco (acquired by Deloitte), VoltDB, Kalido, Bowstreet (acquired by IBM), Object Design/eXcelon and Easel. He enjoys being in the data management technology business because he believes the biggest breakthroughs in the way technology impacts society often arise from breakthroughs in the ability to put data to work.

He lives on the beautiful seacoast of New Hampshire with his family and Puggle, Toasty. As much as he loves hotel technology, he's an even bigger fan of big, comfortable beds with lots of pillows.

Please visit http://www.crate.io for more information.

Mr. Ellicott can be contacted at 603-205-2804 or andy@crate.io

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.