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Ms. Braum

Roberta Braum

Director of Product Management, Payments, Agilysys

Roberta Braum is the director of product management for payments at Agilysys, a leading technology company that provides innovative point-of-sale, property management, inventory and procurement, workforce management, analytics, document management and mobile and wireless solutions and services to the hospitality industry.

Ms. Braum began her career at Apple, where she served as a technical lead designing file server systems. She also has also held management positions at IMDb, where she oversaw subscription services for entertainment professionals, and at Amazon, where she helped develop a payment plan service for the company's ordering systems.

Prior to joining Agilysys, Ms. Braum served as director of product management at Array Health, where she designed a purchasing decision support system, developed a product and sales roadmap and supervised program and product management teams.

At Agilysys, Ms. Braum manages the product strategy and roadmap for the company's payments products, including the groundbreaking rGuest® Pay solution, the Agilysys payment gateway that enables complete and secure payment processing. She also addresses the challenges that new payment technologies pose to the hospitality industry and develops strategic solutions that enable a seamless guest experience for Agilysys' next-generation point-of-sale and property management customers.

Ms. Braum serves as a thought leader in the areas of payment technologies, data security and EMV readiness. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in engineering and computer science from Dartmouth College, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master of Business Administration degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Please visit http://www.agilysys.com/ for more information.

Ms. Braum can be contacted at 770-822-0794 or roberta.braum@agilysys.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.