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Aug 20, 2011 3:20:32 PM - thesundayleader.lk

JKCS Marketing Manager Hospitality Solutions Ms. Uthpala Kumara with a client at ITB Asia 2010

Zhara HS is Sri Lanka’s first integrated hotel software built on the new and innovative “SaaS” model (Software-as-a-Service model).  Customers who buy this software pay for it based on actual usage: not as a standalone capital expenditure. This is the unique selling proposition that has catapulted Zhara HS right to the top of the hospitality industry software game.
With many hotels experiencing budget slashes for information systems in the hospitality industry, hotel operators have turned towards this new and innovative hotel management software. SaaS is enabled through Cloud computing: it provides software as a service instead of as a product, therefore hotels do not have to buy the software or servers outright and maintain them at their own expense by their own staff. Instead, they can pay for it based on usage- just like electricity.
Zhara HS which is owned by JKCS is the first fully integrated hotel management solution based on the SaaS model. While there are several SaaS based PMS solutions in the market, Zhara is the first solution to offer an integrated internet booking engine, central reservation and property management systems through this model.
JKCS Hospitality Solutions BU Head  Rasika Iddamalgoda said, “We are proud to be spearheading the latest technologies to be used in hospitality solutions in South Asian and South East Asian regions and also for being the first ever purely Sri Lankan Hotel IT service provider to go on SaaS. The SaaS model is built using many cutting edge technologies and tools of the open source market.  Zhara Hospitality Suite has cost benefits to both existing hoteliers and industry new entrants. Thanks to its unique benefits, Zhara HS has captured the hospitality industry and become the choice of many hotel operators in the Asia Pacific region since its launch in 2010.”
Prior to creating the Zhara HS system, JKCS designed software for leading global airlines and airports. The expertise gained in generating the highest yield-per-passenger in the aviation business was leveraged in the creation of the Zhara Hospitality Suite.
The SaaS model on which Zhara HS is built is a distinctive development in the IT field. It is a software deployment model where the application is provided as a service to customers across the internet with no installation or maintenance hassle for a hotel operation. It also provides advantages such as rapid deployment, no capital outlay and provides access to comprehensive security systems which comprise back up, disaster recovery and support services.
With the growing demand for hotel accommodation globally, hotels need to allocate resources for expansion. To do this they must ensure that costs incurred for operations are minimal and high efficiency levels are maintained. Zhara HS allows them to do just that.
SaaS model’s unique functionality can also be recognized as a great equalizer for hotels of different scales because they can all have access to the same quality enterprise class software at minimal upfront investment. IDC forecasts that by 2012 85% of all new software brought to the market will be delivered as a service rather than as a product. It is believed that around 14.5% of worldwide spending on software will be spent on SaaS. This means that many hotel businesses need to pay close attention to this SaaS model and see how it can help them grow their business while saving significant investment costs.