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Aligned Energy signs DHISCO in Plano, Texas data center

Aligned Energy signs DHISCO in Plano, Texas data center

Posted: May 16, 2017

NEW YORK, NY (May 16, 2017) - Aligned Energy, a data center infrastructure technology company that offers colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, telecom, enterprise and service providers, announced today that DHISCO Inc., a leading hospitality distribution company, has signed a colocation agreement in their Uptime Institute Tier III-certified, adaptive Plano, TX data center.

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“DHISCO is the largest processor of electronic hotel transactions and requires the best technology to deliver over 10 billion transactions each and every month,” said Bryan Bradley, DHISCO’s CIO. “We chose to partner with Aligned Energy because they allow us access to state-of-the-art, secure facilities, innovative power management, and patented cooling technology which helps us meet the demands of thousands of hotels and online travel outlets.”

“DHISCO is a pioneer and leader in the online hotel booking service sector,” says Jakob Carnemark, CEO of Aligned Energy. “We are thrilled to partner with them as our Plano facility continues to fill up and look forward to accommodating their fast growth as well as other clients in our hyper-scale data center environment engineered with a commitment to environmental sustainability.”

Aligned Energy has leased the first of three data halls in its Plano facility (Phase One), as demand for their ability to support dynamic densities highly appeals to data center clients.

Their adaptive data center, powered by intelligent infrastructure solutions, enables clients to mix and match rack densities from 1 to 50kW while guaranteeing a 1.15 power usage effectiveness (PUE).  Additionally, Aligned Energy is able to achieve environmental efficiency with their patented cooling solution that uses up to 80% less energy and 85% less water. 

About Aligned Energy                                   

Aligned Energy is an infrastructure technology company that offers colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, telecom, enterprise and service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows us to deliver data centers as a utility - accessible and consumable in the amount and moment needed. By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our technology innovations offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving reliability and their bottom-line, while helping secure the health of the planet.

About DHISCO Inc.

DHISCO Inc. is the world’s original and leading hospitality distribution company, providing the most reliable and advanced technology to connect hotels around the world with online travel agencies, global distribution systems, metasearch engines and other travel partners. Since 1989, DHISCO has built its reputation on providing the most efficient and affordable means to market, capture and book hotel reservations. Today, it moves more than 10 billion transactions a month for more than 110,000 hotels.

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UNT graduate students win top prize in second big data challenge

UNT graduate students win top prize in second big data challenge

Posted: May 3, 2017

DALLAS (May 3, 2017) – Two University of North Texas graduate students who turned a terabyte of raw hotel booking data into a comprehensive analysis of booking trends took DHISCO Inc.’s top prize in the second annual Big Data Challenge.

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The students, who called their team Inception, also won the best overall award in judging last week at the contest, which was sponsored by DHISCO, the world’s leading hospitality distribution company, Sabre Hospitality Solutions and UNT.

Crystal Janes and Amit Malhan won $1,000 from DHISCO and $500 from UNT for turning the booking data provided by DHISCO into business intelligence about which cities and hotel amenities are the most popular. Their analysis included a breakdown of age and economics in the most popular areas as well as a map showing which amenities are most important in different price points.

“Team Inception was, without a doubt, the judges’ and audience’s favorite project,” said DHISCO CEO Toni Portmann, who handed out the prizes last week.

“The winners wowed everyone with their data approach and business recommendations, while giving everyone a laugh during their well-timed playful presentation that told the story of how they loaded the data, which data models they tried, which they chose, how they analyzed the data and, ultimately, their findings and recommendations.”

Portmann also awarded a $750 second-place prize to the students of team STAT Ship Enterprise, who wrote a program that was able to convert and load hundreds of millions of rows of data in just two hours, and a $500 third-place prize to the students of team Dream Donkey for a digital marketing analysis of bookings by members of hotel loyalty plans.

Judges included DHISCO guest judge Brad Buice, vice president of software development at Trisept Solutions, and officials from DHISCO, Sabre, UNT, Verizon Buxton and Trinity Industry.

Ninety-three students on 14 teams participated in this year’s challenge. Cash prizes were awarded separately by DHISCO, Sabre and UNT.

About DHISCO Inc.

DHISCO Inc. is the world’s original and leading hospitality distribution company, providing the most reliable and advanced technology to connect hotels around the world with online travel agencies, global distribution systems, metasearch engines and other travel partners. Since 1989, DHISCO has built its reputation on providing the most efficient and affordable means to market, capture and book hotel reservations. Today, it moves more than 10 billion transactions a month for more than 110,000 hotels.

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Zumata harnesses the power of artificial intelligence

Zumata harnesses the power of artificial intelligence

Posted: June 21, 2016

When it comes to hotels, there is no dearth of choice in most destinations of the world.

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“There are 3,000 hotels in Rome,” Robert Meza, director of business development and strategic partnerships at Zumata Technologies, said.

Somewhere in that number is the perfect hotel for a family with a couple of kids who are looking forward to seeing the Colisseum and would get a kick out of a pizzamaking excursion as well.

The boys are old enough for a room of their own, so their parents would like two adjoining rooms, and a pool would be great.

Mom goes to her favorite online travel agency, one that goes beyond the origin-destination-date formula. She types, “Find a hotel in Rome that is kid-friendly, has adjoining rooms and a pool and is near the fun sights. And a view of the city would be nice.”

In seconds, the OTA narrows the field to a few properties and delivers descriptions and photos.

Since the OTA “knows” the customer, it also suggests the hotels have spa facilities for Mom.

The brains behind the operation belong to Watson, IBM’s cognitive system (and “Jeopardy” champion).

Combing through a vast store of data and images from more than 60 hotel companies and aggregators, Watson can provide Zumata’s customers with very relevant answers to travelers’ questions.

Zumata is a B2B company, chief executive of-ficer Josh Ziegler said.

Its target customers include OTAs, traditional travel agencies, GDSs, loyalty companies and other travel companies.

Travelers don’t know the information is being served up by Watson. “They just think you’re a genius,” Ziegler said.

Zumata uses a combination of Watson APIs, including Alche-myLanguage, Visual Recognition and Retrieve & Rank, to deliver the most relevant results.

Watson, of course, does not know everything.

It even flubbed a few questions when it challenged the top two “Jeopardy” champions in 2011.

So it gauges its own confidence level before answering a question. If it is low — for example, if a traveler would like a restaurant reservation in the hotel’s vicinity — it will refer the query to a human.

It does, however, “learn,” and the Zumata team has “a ton of data that we train it with,” Ziegler said.

“We also use social media to add sentiment and feeling with each interaction.”

Another benefit for Zumata cus-tomers is “dynamic margining.”

If one hotel offers an override of 1%, but you can find a rate from another that offers you a 2% higher margin, you are better off booking the lower rate instead of steering volume to the override.

While Zumata is well-suited to the leisure travel market, the company is also focusing on corporate travel.

In particular, Meza said, it believes it can take a lot of the pain out of using an online corporate booking tool.

“It can take an hour to look for things that are important, like whether a hotel is close to a metro station,” he said.

Zumata is based is Singapore, so it is in the thick of the fastest growing travel market in the world, Ziegler said.

But the greatest demand for its services is in North America, which is why Zumata is teaming up with DHISCO.

Toni Portmann, chief executive officer of DHISCO, notes that it’s an unusual arrangement, given that both are hospitality distribution companies.

But, she said, “taking this in-dustry to the next level and staying competitive requires cooperation and industry alliances.

“That’s why this is so exciting,” she added. “Zumata leads the field in artificial intelligence, which is the future.”

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DestinationElite revamps website and online reservations

DestinationElite revamps website and online reservations

Posted: March 9, 2016

DestinationElite, the online showcase of high-end travel experiences, has unveiled a new website that offers real-time bookings for its collection of hotels and resorts.

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The company partnered with UK-based WinonaESolutions for the new-look DestinationElite.com, which has been redesigned with clear sections for its various brands, including City Elite, Elite Resorts, Cruise Elite, Air Elite and others.

Mark Greedy, CEO & founder of DestinationElite commented; “The new DestinationElite site cleanly and clearly brings an excellent representation of our luxury lifestyle portfolio as part of our omni-channel marketing strategy.

“We are now able to present our outstanding curated collection of some of the finest luxury travel experiences available today, in a simple yet inspiring format.”

Visitors to the site and members of the ‘Friends of Elite’ programme can now search online and make bookings either on the site or via the company’s Elite Travel Concierge offices. DestinationElite has also partnered DHISCO to provide real-time online reservations for its hotels and resorts.

“Over just six weeks, as the first client of DHISCO’s new Quick Start product, we have been able to move to online, real-time reservations for all properties without us having to address the channel manager vs. hotel CRS debacle,” said Peter Fitzgerald, DestinationElite’s head of international business development.

“DHISCO means we go straight to the CRS of our member properties. We are all for simplicity – the search, choice and booking elements of the customer journey for a Friend of Elite or new visitor should be as effortless and enjoyable as the stay itself.”

DestinationElite now offers a collection of more than 1,500 resorts, city hotels, luxury cruises, vacation residences, adventures and travel experiences.

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