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HTNG Announces Two New Workgroups

Thursday, October 13, 2016  
Posted by: Emily Wilson
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CHICAGO (October 13 2016) – HTNG announces two new workgroups, Next Generation Messaging and Open Application Program Interface (Open API).

HTNG CEO Mike Blake says, “We are looking at both of these efforts to modernize and radically change the way systems interrelate.”

LinksRez President Brian Bell says, “We are excited of these two new workgroups being launched and look forward to supporting and contributing to them.”

Next Generation Messaging will point to address the future of open standards messaging. In the world of APIs, mobile apps and the need to maintain and enhance full-service applications, messaging needs are diverse. This workgroup aims to review the options available in the open standards market, and then determine the best path forward for HTNG to meet the current and future needs of our members and the industry as a whole.

“There are many solutions that can prosper from this workgroup,” says HTNG Web Services Architect Sandy Angel. “One vision looks to find a single solution in the form of an object model in order to generate messages in any number of languages, but the workgroup will ultimately decide its focus.”

Compared to other industries, hospitality is burdened by inefficiencies specific to how business systems communicate with each other. Open API will concentrate on modernizing the approach to opening APIs in order to deliver similar efficiencies recognized by other industries. This workgroup is vital in establishing benefits of decreased complexity, concise lead times and the ability to draw on a larger pool of available talent and vendors.

Micah Friedman, Sr. Director, Travel & Hospitality for Cognizant (CTSH), summed up both efforts, “Interoperability is the lifeblood of the hospitality and travel eco-systems. By curating standards that address the deeper needs of the hotel community, all concerned stand to benefit with tremendous value and decreased risks.”




About Hotel Technology Next Generation

The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.

Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including most of the world's leading hotel companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's Board of Governors, consisting of 20 top IT leaders from hotel companies around the world, itself has technology responsibility for 3 million guest rooms. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit