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9780787280277

Hospitality Information Technology: Learning How to Use It

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  • ISBN13:

    9780787280277

  • ISBN10:

    0787280275

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-06-01
  • Publisher: Kendall Hunt Pub

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Table of Contents

The Information System
1(37)
Chapter Outline
Information Processing
Input Phase
Processing Phase
Output Phase
Storage
Introduction to Computers
Input Devices
CPU
Storage Devices
Output Devices
The Computer Revolution
Advantages of Computerized Processing
Improved Labor Productivity and Organizational Efficiency
Enhanced Decision-Making Capability
Reduced Operating Costs
Increased Information Accuracy
Increased Revenues
Greater Guest Satisfaction
Improved Control
Technology and Information
Category
Time
Location Alphabet
Data Miners
Taking Full Advantage of Information Technology
Organizational Structure
Communication
Standard Operating Procedures
Computing Platform
Executive Information Systems
Places of Interest on the World Wide Web
Review Questions
Practical Applications
References
The Information System Manager
37(12)
Chapter Outline
Introduction
What type of System Will You Manage?
Stand-alone Personal Computer
Local Area Network
Multi-user System
Who Should Manage the Information System?
What are the Responsibilities of an Information System Manager
Understanding How the Information System's Hardware and Software Functions
Configuring the Information System for Optimal Performance
Evaluating System Performance
Training System Users
Guarding and Preserving the System
Maintaining a System Library
Building an Information Plan
What is the Information System Focus?
Characteristics of a Well-Managed System
Places of Interest on the World Wide Web
Review Questions
Practical Application
References
Maintaining and Protecting the Information System
49(32)
Chapter Outline
Computer Dependence
Natural Disasters
Securing the System
Maintaining System Performance
Common Causes of System Failure
Operator Error
Hardware Failure
Power Problems
Software Bug
System Overload
Virus
Backup Strategies
Backup Frequency
Backup Method
Rotation of Secondary Storage Media
Hardcopy
Computer Security
The Keyboard
Modem and Communication Line
Internet
Physical Access
Preparing for Natural Disasters
Places of Interest on the World Wide Web
Review Questions
Practical Application
References
Software: The Essence of Computers
81(36)
Chapter Outline
Software
Operating Systems
Operating System Tasks
Operating System Types
Customized Software
Software Quality
Software Functionality
Software Usability
Software Reliability
Software Performance
Supportability
Word Processing
Electronic Spreadsheet
Database Software
Presentation Graphics
Integrated Software
Places of Interest on the World Wide Web
Review Questions
References
Computers and Communications
117(48)
Chapter Outline
WAN Communication Hardware
Modem
Down-Line Processor
Front-End Processor
PBX
LAN Components
Network Operating Software
Server Network Interface Board
Workstation (Client)
Network Media and Topology
Communication Channels
LAN
Wireless Networks
WAN
The Internet
E-Mail
The World Wide Web
Intranets
File Transfer Protocol
On-line Information
New Technologies
Network Management
Connectivity
Information Router
Call Accounting Systems
Security Systems
Electronic Locking Systems
Electronic In-Room Safes
Fire Safety System
Posting Interfaces
Point-of-Sale
In-Room Movie
In-Room Beverage
Self Check-in/Check-out Systems
Self Check-in/Check-out Terminals
Interactive Television
Automatic Teller Terminals
Remote Interface Check-in
The Communications Age
Voice Mail System
Automated Attendant System
Automatic Wakeup Systems
Interactive
Television
In-Room Cellular Telephones
FAX Machines
Electronic Mail
Groupware
Smart Cards and Face Recognition Systems
Places of Interest on the World Wide Web
Review Questions
Practical Application
References
Property Management Systems
165(48)
Chapter Outline
Introduction
Reservation System
Selling Individual Reservations
Selling Group Reservations
Displaying Room Availability
Tracking Advance Deposits
Tracking Travel Agent Bookings
and Commissions
Central Reservations
Yield Management
Front Office System
Guest Registration
Room Status and Housekeeping Management
Telephone Services
Cashiering and Guest Check-Out
Night Audit
Recording all Transactions
Posting of Room and Tax
Producing a Trial Balance
Generating Reports and Updating Statistics
Night Audit Steps
Accounting
General Ledger
Payroll
Accounts Receivable
Accounts Payable
Sales and Catering System
Booking Management
Contact Management
Account Management
Event Management
Field Force Automation
Places of Interest on the World Wide Web
Review Questions
Practical Applications
References
Restaurant Management Systems
213(30)
Chapter Outline
Point-of-Sale Systems
Benefits
Terminal Design
Are Server Terminals Always Needed?
Noise and Check Quality are Considerations in Printers
Hardware Platforms
System Evaluation Begins with a Detailed Checklist
Table Management Systems and Home Delivery Software
Reservations and Wait List Management
Table Assignments and Balancing
Restaurant-wide Network
Home Delivery Software
Inventory Control System
Create Vendor and Product File
Design Inventory Worksheet
Take Inventory
Print Reports
Menu Management System
Create Ingredient File
Create Recipe File
Create Menu Item File
Post Quantities Sold and Generate Menu Analysis Reports
Places of Interest on the World Wide Web
Review Questions
Practical Applications
References
Selecting and Implementing Hospitality Information Systems
243(36)
Chapter Outline
Steps in System Selection
Reviewing Organizational Needs
What is the Mission or Purpose of an Organization?
What are the Organizational Goals or Objectives?
What is the Organizational Structure?
What is the Role of Technology in Service Improvement?
Evaluating the Current System
Defining Budget Requirements
Developing a Request for Proposal
Software Evaluation
Evaluation of Customer Support and Vendor Reputation
Evaluation of Training and Installation
When Should the Training Take Place?
What Employees Will be Trained?
What Should be Covered in the Training Program?
Hardware Evaluation
Which Comes First, Selection of Hardware or Software?
What Type of Computer Should be Purchased?
What Should the Hardware Configuration Be?
Does the Vendor Understand Hardware Ergonomics?
System Selection
System Implementation
Places of Interest on the World Wide Web
Review Questions
Practical Applications
References
The Internet
279(32)
Chapter Outline
What is the Internet
History of the Internet
Usage and Growth
Who Uses the Net?
A New Culture
Connecting to the Internet
Internet Resources
Communication Services
Information Retrieval and Search Services
Multimedia Services
The Internet and Hospitality Business
Travel
Lodging
Food and Beverage
Technology
Education
Intranets
The Future
Glossary
Place of Interest on the World Wide Web
Review Questions
Practical Application
References
Related Articles
311(78)
Ideas and Information - An Interview with Nobel Prize Laureate Arno Penzias
Carla Jo Schafer
How to Increase Hospitality Web Site Traffic
Galen Collins
The DuPont Country Club: A Study in Automation
William Sullivan
MaryLynn Duffy
Rosenbluth International Alliance: Using Information Technology for Global Support of Travel Services
Eric Clemons
David Miller
Michael Row
Database Marketing
Cindy Estis Green
What's Wrong with Today's Hospitality Technology Environment
Sheryl Fried
William Sullivan
Information Technology Trends: Assessing Their Impact on Hotel Corporations
Galen Collins
The Integrating Technology Consortium: A Strategic Alliance for Integrating Hotel Applications
Galen Collins
David Tobey
Expert Systems in the Hospitality Industry
Wonae Cho
The Use of Multimedia in Training
Galen Collins
Appendix A Sample Request for Proposal 389(30)
Appendix B Pre-Screening Survey 419(10)
Appendix C POS Checklist 429(6)
Appendix D Restaurant Management System Capabilities Summary 435(10)
Index 445

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