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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 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.