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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.