InterContinental picks HP for technology upgrade
Dubai, October 19, 2010
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced a broad technology agreement with HP for upgrading and streamlining its existing technology infrastructure to address new business and growth opportunities.
The annual framework agreement with IHG, the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, will cover 77 hotels and resorts across the Middle East region. It includes products from HP’s Enterprise Business portfolio, comprising servers, data center, storage and networking solutions.
HP was selected by IHG as one of its preferred partners for its cost-effective and comprehensive solution that best fits the hotel’s technology needs in the region, said a senior official.
"HP’s vision, product expertise, regional presence and most importantly the team’s thorough understanding of our business needs makes them a great addition to our technology partners," said Ali Saeb, director of technology MEA, IHG.
"The team has helped us identify and customise the right solutions to address the needs of IHG’s various properties located across the Middle East. Through this partnership we aim to dramatically improve application and network performance and better manage our data centres, allowing us a competitive advantage within the region’s hospitality industry," he added.
The HP infrastructure, said Saeb, will help IHG significantly cut operational costs, eliminate time lags and contribute to overall customer satisfaction through prompt and quick turnaround of requested services.
The implementation aims to allow IHG to deploy, automate and manage a complete range of applications side by side, within the same infrastructure and significantly improve performance and availability of the most demanding application workloads, he stated.
"With our unique, all comprehensive product portfolio, HP is positioned favourably to serve customers across various verticals in the Middle East," said Karam Jabi, channel and SMB Business Development Manager, HP Middle East..
"Our collaborative highly flexible, cost-effective services and solutions deliver a better user experience and more innovative platform, allowing customers such as IHG to seamlessly synchronize their overall business with a robust and dependable technology," he added.-TradeArabia News Service