"I have a strong belief that HAPI serves the entire hospitality industry by solving its two most burning issues that dramatically slow down innovation — data management and system integration," stated Idrac. "I wore a hotelier hat for most of my life in the U.S. and abroad, so I understand what is needed to better serve guests, cope with permanent change and data that continues to grow exponentially. I am honored to join HAPI to work alongside talented experts and highly respected professionals for the greater good of our industry."
Currently serving as an independent consultant, Idrac is a recognized hotel technology leader whose career spans over three decades. He managed IT departments for Accor North America from 2002 until 2012 and, as Global Chief Information Officer for AccorHotels, oversaw numerous IT projects that contributed to the company's global digital transformation. From 2012 to 2017, Idrac managed AccorHotels' partnership with the Innovation Factory, the first innovation campus cluster in Paris. In 2014, he was elected to the Board of Governors of HTNG (Hospitality Technology Next Generation). He also served as a member of the Customer Advisory Boards of Oracle and Amadeus Hospitality and in 2017, received the Innovation Award from CHTA (China Hospitality Technology Alliance).
"We are grateful to have one of the greatest minds in the hotel technology industry to help guide us in our quest for true innovation and change in our industry," said Luis Segredo, president and CEO of Data Travel, LLC, the developer of HAPI. "With his exceptional intellect and integrity, Laurent is uniquely qualified to help us identify opportunities for meaningful change and opportunity."
HAPI's comprehensive data streaming, integration and enrichment platform aggregates data that is collected by disparate hotel systems and acts as a central hub for these hospitality data streams.
"Every hotelier knows that the most common IT issues are related to interfaces between systems - and every technologist in hospitality is struggling with having so many systems that need to 'talk to each other' and with only poorly architectured solutions available," continued Idrac. "Most systems on the market rely on obsolete point-to-point connections, with a change in one impacting links to the others, creating data inconsistency and dramatically reducing performance. HAPI is the only answer to that dilemma. Also adding a significant burden to hoteliers are compliance requirements, such as GDPR. HAPI has considered these stringent privacy requirements since the initial design and data governance is a critical piece of its foundation."
To learn more about the HAPI data streaming and integration platform, please schedule a demo at HITEC Booth # 2810 (Data Travel, LLC) in Houston, June 19-21 or visit hapicloud.io.
Hapi is a disruptive data streaming, integration and enrichment platform designed to solve the hotel industry's rapidly expanding data management challenges, while also addressing the traditionally high integration costs and lack of vendor alignment that inhibits innovation and efficiency. Developed by experienced hotel technology leaders, the secure, scalable cloud-based Hapi data streaming platform is an open-source model based on the same proven technology that runs some of the world's largest social media and business services, to which multiple layers of encryption, authentication, and governance are added. With teams on three continents, Hapi provides services worldwide. For more information, please visit hapicloud.io.