apaleo, the company creating the Open Hotel Management Platform and Eco System has announced the completion of its first round of funding. Founder and chairman Martin Reents comments, 'The system we are currently developing at apaleo is the most important technology project the hotel industry has seen for a long time and we believe that this will become a real game changer in hospitality software. An important project like this requires a great team, a good product vision and strategy, and solid funding, which most young startups are struggling with. At apaleo we have placed a great deal of emphasis on establishing the right company and financial structure very early on and we are now entering the next phase with our seed finance round which we have just concluded.'
Digitisation is the main driver for innovation in hotels but unfortunately the integration of new systems has turned out to be extremely cumbersome and expensive because today's core technologies for operating hotels are entirely closed. The vision of apaleo is to establish a software ecosystem based on an open API. Hotel groups and hotels will be empowered to instantly connect third party software and apps of their choice.
Both hospitality customers as well as existing and new technology companies will benefit hugely from this type of ecosystem. apaleo's mission to develop an open platform has the potential to change the IT landscape for a hotelier and can impact IT planning over the long term.
One of the founders of apaleo Uli Pillau adds, 'Initially this round of seed financing had been planned with internal resources only. When we pulled together our apaleo community we saw a great deal of interest from parties who not only wanted to support the company with their expertise but also with financial backing. This led us to establish a group called apaAngels consisting of good friends with an excellent reputation in hotel or hotel technology.'
Hotels need the right technology and systems to manage all the complexities of their business. At the core of these systems is the property management system (PMS), which manages hotel inventory and reservations, rates, accounting, invoicing and payments, and more. Then there are all the additional systems like CRM, CRS, upselling, review monitoring, distribution and channel management, forecasting, business intelligence reporting, and so forth. Hoteliers rely on all these tools yet struggle because many of them don't integrate.
apaleo's PMS platform connects all these systems quickly and seamlessly. As the first PMS which is purely based on a fully open 2-way API, hotels can grant applications access to all the information stored in apaleo, as well as allow them to write back data to the PMS. apaleo's public API allows hoteliers to innovate without major risks, integration hassles, long wait times and hidden fees. Developers and software vendors can easily connect to apaleo, and hotels can even develop their own, custom apps with ease. Applications are housed in the apaleo Store, opening the possibilities for hotels to connect to pre-integrated, innovative apps - guest facing or staff facing - with one click. Learn more at www.apaleo.com.