Mr. Millar

Ian Millar

Deputy Director of INTEHL

Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne

Ian Millar’s double expertise in the areas of hospitality and information technology sets him at the forefront of new developments in the international hospitality industry.

In addition to his BA Honours degree in International Hospitality Management from the University of Brighton, UK, he is a certified computer technician (Comptia A+).

Professor Millar is also a Certified Hospitality Technology Professional – the first European to receive this qualification for hospitality professionals, which is awarded by HFTP (Hospitality Financial and Technical Professionals), a reputed international association which serves over 4,800 members across the world.

Professor Millar is a frequent presenter at international IT conferences and is a member of the Advisory Board of the European Hospitality Technology Education Conference (EHTEC), a group of global hospitality experts.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of HFTP (Hospitality financial and technology professionals) as the group’s educational representative, with the responsibility of helping HFTP to achieve its strategic goals and to help with European expansion.

Professor Millar began his career as a Food and Beverage manager in the UK and then implemented various hospitality IT systems for companies based in London and Paris. He joined EHL in 2001. Professor Millar has been instrumental in developing the exceptional resources and expertise available to students at the school. He created EHL’s unique CyberHotel, a specially equipped and fully functional centre on campus that features best practical IT solutions in hospitality technology currently used in the industry. Professor Millar has also set up a Student Chapter for the European HFTP at EHL which regularly hosts guest speakers and meetings, and whose main purpose is the education of EHL students in the areas of technology and finance.

As of May 2011, Professor Millar is the deputy director of INTEHL, the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at EHL.

Presentations:

HITEC 2006 – Session speaker – Food and beverage Business intelligence systems EHTEC 2006 – Session speaker – Software as a Service EHMA 2007 – Session speaker – Implementing software as a service applications. EHMA – 2008 – Session speaker – Guest room technology Master Inn Holders 2009 – Generation “Y” and technology use, considerations for hoteliers Master Inn holders 2010 – Top 10 technology issues in hospitality EHTEC 2010 – Session speaker “generation Y and hospitality technology” HVS INDIA 2010 – Keynote speaker “Hospitality technology as a service” Catersource 2011 – Event and meeting technology

Guest lecturer:

Emirates academy Dubai 2008 – Guest lecturer, Hospitality Information technology Romania Hotel school – 2008, 2010, Guest lecturer, hospitality information technology

Articles:

HTR (Swiss hospitality newspaper) – various technology articles 2008 / 2009 EHLITE magazine – Hospitality technology for guest rooms EHLITE magazine – Boutique hotel technology Hotel Yearbook 2009 – Future use of devices and internet for hotels Hotel yearbook 2010 – Technology standards in hotels Hotel Yearbook 2011 – Technology Roundtable The Bottomline – May 2009 – Real time room maintenance The Bottomline – may 2010 – Embrace the generation Gap

Mr. Millar can be contacted at +41 21 785 11 74 or Ian.millar@ehl.ch

Coming Up In The October Online Hotel Business Review




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Feature Focus
Revenue Management: Technology and Big Data
Like most businesses, hotels are relying on technology and data to drive almost every area of their operations, but perhaps this is especially true for hotel Revenue Managers. There has been an explosion of technology tools which generate a mountain of data – all in an effort to generate profitable pricing strategies. It falls to Revenue Managers to determine which tools best support their operations and then to integrate them efficiently into their existing systems. Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Online Reputation Management software are basic tools; others include channel managers, benchmark reports, rate shopping tools and review systems, to name a few. The benefits of technology tools which automate large segments of a Revenue Manager’s business are enormous. Freed from the time-consuming process of manual data entry, and having more accurate data available, allows Revenue Managers to focus on analysis, strategies and longer-term decision-making. Still, for most hotels, the amount of data that these tools generate can be overwhelming and so another challenge is to figure out how to effectively utilize it. Not surprisingly, there are some new tech tools that can help to do exactly that. There are cloud-based analytics tools that provide a comprehensive overview of hotel data on powerful, intuitive dashboards. The goal is to generate a clear picture, at any moment in time, of where your hotel is at in terms of the essentials – from benchmarking to pricing to performance – bringing all the disparate streams of data into one collated dashboard. Another goal is to eliminate any data discrepancies between finance systems, PMS, CRM and forecasting systems. The October issue of the Hotel Business Review will address all these important developments and document how some leading hotels are executing their revenue management strategies.