Microsoft is looking for a Solutions Architect – Data Insights to work anywhere in the US and travel at least 50% of the time. According to the post, this position: “Designs and assembles robust and scalable Data Insights solutions (BigData/Business Analytics/Business Intelligence). Creates and leads architecture design, evaluate and assess technologies, define approach for engineering of productized solution accelerators, and enable industrialized delivery. Leads the creation of proof-of-concept pilots and the development of prototypes to prove solutions, technologies and business process interactions. Drives the design of user interaction models, workflows and user interfaces, if applicable. Explores and develops new solutions in collaboration with research and product groups to support new analytics initiatives.” Read more
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Nara, the service that to date has leveraged its neural networking technology to automate, personalize and curate web dining experiences for users, is making good on its previously-stated intentions to help users find and take action across various consumer lifestyle categories. (See our original story on the company here.)
The company today is adding personalized hotel recommendations to its portfolio. Consumers now will be able to find hotels conforming to their’ “Digital DNA” – the sum of what its technology learns of what they do and don’t like – in 50 high-volume cities in the U.S. and Canada. It’s entered into a non-exclusive partnership with Expedia to take care of booking on the back-end and TripAdvisor for its reviews, with both capabilities available to users without their having to leave the Nara site. The company expects to add additional locations in North America in the future, as it did for its restaurant recommendations.
Is it time to disrupt the hospitality survey services industry? TrustYou thinks so. Today it’s launching its ReviewAnalyst Survey, a free guest satisfaction tool that hotels and hotel chains can use to integrate information from visitor surveys with information in social media reviews, and potentially bolster their reputation among consumers as a result.
TrustYou already monitors social sentiment across the web in online reviews, posts, and comments for the hotel, travel, and restaurant sectors.“Our key advantage is that we are the only ones in the space, I think, who tackled the key fundamentals of how can we scale this in as many languages as we want to,” says CEO Ben Jost. “That’s very interesting for the hospitality industry, because it’s very international. We currently have 12 languages and today, if we have enough content, we can add a new language each day if we want to.
And we can learn the key concepts for a new vertical every three to four weeks.”
A new article discusses how semantic technologies can and are changing the face of the online travel industry. The article states, “Shopping the experience means using customer benefits, words, and concepts to wrap the travel product in advance – to anticipate customer needs. It means creating an entry point or sidebar to create anticipation, set expectations, convey satisfaction cues and engage before the buying process. We have new tools and techniques with semantics and the semantic web. This is where customer benefits and concepts can be delivered with marketing (selling), and technology (presentation) in a new and cost efficient way.” Read more
August is get-away month, so the hospitality industry should start gearing up for what happens when all those travelers get back home….and start to record their impressions of the properties at which they stayed across the social media landscape.
Last week saw the integration of Lexalytics’ sentiment analytics engine into Revinate’s software-as-a-service social media reviews-tracking solution for the hotel industry. In the fairly recent past, Aptech Computer Systems signed on to use Clarabridge’s sentiment and text analytics software for its Execuvue Business Intelligence software for hotel operators. And many other names in the social analytics space, from Attensity to SAS, also see the hospitality sector as a key segment when it comes to mining customer sentiment. At this spring’s Sentiment Analytics symposium, Lexalytics CEO Jeff Catlin called “travel and tourism a natural spot to use it. There’s a lot of data feeding back all the time that helps them make money,” he said. “You can learn things when you’re scoring tones on certain attributes.”
The University of Iowa Libraries is looking for a Web Application Developer in Iowa City: “The Web Application Developer provides application development and support for central library systems, including some commercial and several locally developed solutions. The incumbent will provide programming support to develop web 2.0 semantic Web and other emerging Web technologies and assist with integrating them into software systems. The position is in the Applications and Web Services Unit of the Library Information Technology Department and reports to the Unit Head.” Read more
Talis recently shared some insight into what its working on with regard to travel: “Imagine you’ve just arrived in an unfamiliar place, perhaps on a business trip (or recently beamed down from the Starship Enterprise). One of the first things you’ll probably want to do is find out what things are nearby. Google Maps provides a great “search nearby” function (try entering just a * to get everything), but this is geared more towards businesses, and the data isn’t exactly open, making it hard to reuse in other applications. We wanted to try something similar, using the growing range of liberally-licensed Linked Data sets with a geographic component.” Read more