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Mr. Nagalia

Sanjay Nagalia

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, IDeaS - A SAS Company

Sanjay Nagalia co-founded IDeaS Revenue Solutions in 1989 and served as Vice President of Products and Services until 2001. After leaving to pursue other entrepreneurial interests, Mr. Nagalia rejoined IDeaS in 2012 with more than 20 years of experience in product development and operations and serves as Chief Operating Officer. Since his return, Mr. Nagalia has been instrumental in reinvigorating IDeaS innovation engine; launching multiple, first-to-market products in that time. Early on in his career, Mr. Nagalia's entrepreneurial side was on display. From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Nagalia co-founded and led a consulting company in New Delhi that offered management consultancy and custom in-shore and off-shore software development. This company was at the forefront of helping many small-to-medium--sized Indian companies with computerizing their financial systems and operations. In his time away from IDeaS, Mr. Nagalia co-founded Apex Decisions, Inc. and held the position of Chief Operating Officer from 2002 to 2011. Apex Decisions provided automated pricing decisions and revenue management solutions for fashion retail. Apex Decisions, Inc. developed specialized models for customer behavior and how they relate to customers' buying decisions. Mr. Nagalia received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. On completing graduate studies, Mr. Nagalia worked at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ. His early work involved developing videotext solutions (a commercial offering from AT&T and Knight-Ridder with capabilities similar to a web-browser of today) and the world's first credit card enabled public telephone that was launched at Cincinnati Airport in 1985. During his tenure at Bell Labs, Mr. Nagalia experimented with cutting-edge technologies of the time including touch-screens, voice-recognition systems, graphical user-interfaces and early versions of the computer mouse. Mr. Nagalia's commitment to technology advancement is a significant part of his other professional pursuits. He played a critical role forming the vision and mission of Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) as a member of the organization's original charter committee in 2000. It was in this committee that a diverse set of hoteliers and hospitality technology providers defined a roadmap for collaboration, communication standards and partnership for worldwide members of the newly formed organization.

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Mr. Nagalia can be contacted at 952-698-4200 or sanjay.nagalia@ideas.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.