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Mr. Steele

Bryan W. Steele

Managing Director, Jireh-Tek Limited

Bryan Steele is the founder and Managing Director of Jireh-Tek Limited, an IT consultancy established in February 2006 with a strong focus on the hospitality sector. He has 19 years of international IT and business experience gained in a number of sectors: FMCG, Speciality Chemicals, Internet and Hospitality. Mr. Steele was the first European member of the Hotel Technology Next Generation Board (www.htng.org) and continues to work with the Board as an Executive Advisor. He is actively involved with HTNG's Integration and Device Forum, focused on technology and service delivery to guests, where he has chaired a number of workgroups specifying standard industry solutions. Mr. Steele is a member of the BAHA IT Committee (British Association of Hospitality Accountants) soon to be renamed HOSPA (Hospitality Professionals Association) better recognising the IT constituency within the organisation. He was a founding member of the Micros Fidelio Opera User Group, which he chaired from 2002 to 2006. He has spoken at a number of industry events including those organised by HTNG, HFTP, Hostec- EurHotec and Eye-for-Travel. Consultancy engagements have included: - Requirements definition and system selection for the guest in room entertainment solution for an international hotelier. - Defining the operational and IT landscape for an hotel developer in Dubai. This included designing the operations model and above property delivery of IT to the hotels and administration offices. - E-Procurement process definition and systems selection for an international hotelier. - IT due diligence for a venture capital company considering a major acquisition. - A 5 year technology strategy whitepaper for an international hotelier. - Folio data project for a major credit card company. Mr. Steele was the Director of IT and a member of the Senior Management Team from 2002 to 2006 at Thistle Hotels, a £300m company comprising 50 hotels and 10,500 rooms operating under the Thistle and Guoman brands. He had responsibility for all Information and Communication Technology. Before joining Thistle Hotels, Mr. Steele was the European IT Director of CMGI Inc. which incubated a number of .com companies. Prior to that, he held a number of senior IT and engineering management roles within Unilever plc over a 19 year period.

Mr. Steele can be contacted at 44-7748-111-333 or Bryan.Steele@Jireh-Tek.co.uk

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.