Monday
Aug272012

John's Hotel - an HRM Example

This is the story of John’s Hotel, using the Hospitality Relationship Management (HRM) tools found in Libra OnDemand. Libra OnDemand is a suite of Force.com based tools helping bring Social Enterprise ready solutions to hospitality organizations worldwide.

Wednesday
Jun202012

Libra OnDemand Customers Upgrading to Newmarket® International Technical Support

In an effort to enhance our level of service and increase value to our customers, I am pleased to announce that Libra OnDemand will be transitioning to a unified support environment with Newmarket International Technical Support. This transition will occur on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM Eastern Time.  In addition, I would like to introduce Ms. Erin Jacobsen, Vice President, Technical Support for Newmarket International.


A leader in providing world class service, Newmarket International Technical Support has been awarded a 2012 MarketTools ACE (Achievement in Customer Excellence) Award in the areas of Worldwide Customer Support, Platinum Customer Support, Americas Customer Support and Americas Project Management. 2012 marks the sixth consecutive year that Newmarket International has been recognized for customer excellence with a MarketTools ACE Award and reinforces our commitment to deliver outstanding customer service to new and existing Libra OnDemand users.

Please review our updated SLA document online, located at this link:
http://www.newmarketinc.com/legal/ 

This upgrade is taking place to ensure that all customers receive the full benefits of Libra OnDemand, limiting the amount of time taken to respond to a support request and providing true global service support. Technical support will remain monitored on a 24/7/365 basis. In addition, Libra OnDemand customers will now be supported by multi-language, global regional call centers.

Americas: 
603.427.6400 
Europe, Middle East and Africa: 
(UK) +44(0)208.481.6622 
Asia Pacific: 
+65-6735-5988 

To find your specific regional contact information, reference the support services section of the Newmarket International website, found here: http://www.newmarketinc.com/support-services/ 

As in the past, we will continue to provide customer service through a Support Services Portal. Existing registered users will be contacted via email and prompted to update their password for a new portal link. Usernames for Libra OnDemand customers will remain the same after the transition to the new Support Services Portal. The existing Libra OnDemand Support Portal link will be redirected to this new URL on the transition date.

To access the Newmarket International Technical Support Portal, navigate here:
http://www.newmarketinc.com/support-portal/ 

We value your business and look forward to continuing to serve you in the future. If you would like more information or have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at ghopkins@libraondemand.comor Erin at ejacobsen@newmarketinc.com. This is an exciting time for Libra OnDemand customers. We look forward to working together to achieve continued success for your hospitality organization.

Sincerely, 

Gregg Hopkins
President, Libra OnDemand
Newmarket International

Erin Jacobsen
Vice President, Technical Support
Newmarket International

Wednesday
May092012

Children of the Nations – Casa Bethesda and a Mission of Hospitality 

A few years ago, I learned about an organization called Children of the Nations (COTN) that “provides holistic, Christ-centered care for orphaned and destitute children, enabling them to create positive and lasting change in their nations.” COTN currently focuses their efforts in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Liberia. I was immediately impressed by their mission and wanted to help, but how? I am not a doctor or dentist, with the ability to offer medical care and treatment. I am certainly not skilled in construction with any building or contractor resources.

Then one day, I received the monthly COTN eNewsletter that shared a story about Casa Bethesda and this called to me. In a nutshell, Casa Bethesda is the COTN mission center in the Dominican Republic that serves as base camp for their traveling venture participants. The property is also used to host COTN community and ministry events. COTN’s goal is to use this complex as a location for teens and young adults interested in the hospitality industry to complete internships by gaining experience and building their resumes to gain work within the fast growing hospitality industry in the Dominican Republic. I couldn’t believe it when I read this: COTN was asking for help in the hospitality industry. Not medical. Not construction. But, hospitality. I felt like this article was addressed to me and I knew it was time to get involved.

Having worked in hospitality for essentially my entire life, I now feel compelled to share this story with everyone in the industry. I am confident that together we can make a difference. How can you help?

Casa Bethesda is desperately in need of repair and renovation, which has been broken down into two phases:
1) kitchen renovation and construction of the dining hall and 2) additional housing. Specifically, Casa Bethesda needs support in several different ways:

1.     Financial Donations: Simply put, we need money to make things happen. The budget for Phase 1 is $61,054, with Phase 2 estimated at over $100,000. But, funding for these expansion projects does not come from COTN’s regular operating expenses, so we are relying strictly on charitable donations from individuals and organizations like you.

2.   Resources: COTN regularly sends a large shipment of necessary supplies to the Dominican Republic. Just last year, we fulfilled some items on the Casa Bethesda “wish list” by shipping new mattresses, bedding supplies, couches, serving dishes, draperies…even down to a new coffee maker. Do you have access to new or gently used hospitality related equipment or materials that could be donated? Items that seem unusable in your organization may be considered a treasure at Casa Bethesda.

3.   Sharing: Our industry is a powerful network. Are you a member or leader of an organization or association where you could share the Casa Bethesda story? What other communication modes do you have access to (such as trade publications, advertising, website, social media) that can help us “get the word out”?  Can you think of at least one other person or organization?

4.   Time, Talent & Training: The current Casa Bethesda staff has no formal hospitality training; they are simply loyal, hard-working locals who are making their best efforts to operate Casa Bethesda as efficiently as possible. Additionally, young adults from neighboring villages seek internship opportunities to gain hospitality specific work experience. We are planning to bring a venture team to Casa Bethesda to provide education and guidance in all operational aspects – housekeeping, food & beverage, security, grounds maintenance, front desk, bookkeeping, technology systems, and more. Do you have personnel (especially Spanish speaking) that would be able to share their knowledge and skills with the staff and youth at Casa Bethesda? 

Again, I am reaching out to the entire hospitality industry for help with this worthwhile cause. I am dedicated to fulfilling this mission and have given my personal commitment to Chris Clark, the Founder and President of COTN, that the hospitality industry will respond in support of the Casa Bethesda expansion.

Want to learn more about Children of the Nations and Casa Bethesda? Please visit the COTN website or the Giving Back page on the Libra OnDemand website to see photos and read more. Then, take the next step by offering your support. This is a call to action. Please consider making a financial or resource donation. Help spread the word to others and join our team. Please get involved in whatever method is the right fit for you. Please don’t pass this article by – just do it! For further information, please contact jhopkins@libraondemand.com. 

I realize there are countless worthwhile charitable causes in the world. But rarely do we find a project in need of support through the specific resources, skills, donations and networks of the hospitality industry. Through COTN, we can collectively improve the operations at Casa Bethesda and ultimately change lives by giving them “a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). 

Will you join me on this hospitality mission?

Wednesday
Mar282012

Another Libra OnDemand Package Update!

Changelog 

Sales & Catering

-Process of creating  merge documents became much easier and doesn’t require developer assistance in the most cases
-Inquiry Enhancements: Ability to qualify inquiry by changing picklist value to “Qualified” and using “Qualify” button. Booking to follow Inquiry type
-Keep/Retain sort order when cloning with items
-Tool for creating Stat Room Types to populate availability for Group Booking
-Function Room order fixed for Function Diary
-Triggers optimization to resolve bugs when creating/modifying Groups

Email Marketing

-Email Campaign Wizard
-Multi picklist support in Email List builder

Loyalty Module

-Ignore leading zeros when matching Guest Profile by Member Card Number
-Freeform rate code support in Loyalty Batch to support non property specific rate codes

Minor improvements / bug fixes

-First uppercase letter for middle name in reservation confirmation

Friday
Feb242012

New Libra OnDemand Package Update

Changelog:

Sales & Catering 
- New JS Function Calendar (available through the “Function Diary” button on the Booking) 
- Support of Function priorities
- Validation of parallel Definite bookings
- Status following for Functions & Groups
Loyalty Module
- Added Support of Multi certificate per transaction
- Added period of activity for Rewards to have different price per period
- Introduced concept of Sub Rules which makes process of creating rules easier
- Added “Required days” option to select day(s) of week when the rule is active
Email Marketing
- Added sorting to Email Template List page

 

This package may also fix some isolated trigger related issues when changing status on Booking/Group or deleting Groups.

Contact Libra OnDemand Support with any questions.