Information Management at Homestyle Hotels

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Information Management at Homestyle Hotels

Table of Contents

An Overview of the Case Study 3

Key Concerns 3

Lack of Proper Vision and Growth Strategy 3

Existence of Hotels and Resorts as Separate Entities 4

Lack of Informational Standards 4

Lack of support for Information System from the Hotels 4

Difference in Opinion about the Third Party Application 4

Discussion Questions 5

Conclusion 7

References 8

An Overview of the Case Study

A merger between the Lifestyle Resorts and Home-Away Hotels has resulted in the formation of Homestyle Hotels Inc. Initially the executives lacked information to manage the hotels as all the financial information that is generated and reported to them is out of date by one quarter of a year. So in order to provide a better management control, an ERP system was setup to integrate all the financial information. They were successful in generating common financial statements, and their next goal is to develop an Information Strategy in line with their Business Strategy. Homestyle hotels lacked a proper business strategy that could guide both these hotels, operating in separate lines of business. The informational needs of both these hotels are claimed to be distinct. They then decided to have a common information application that could handle the information from the two lines of businesses. Two vendors Hotels Confidential (HC) and Clear Reservations were selected, who presented their solutions that could best fit the company needs. Now a decision has to be made as to which is the best among the proposed two solutions (McKeen & Smith, 2013).

Key Concerns

Lack of Proper Vision and Growth Strategy

The Homestyle Hotels Inc. lacked a proper vision and growth strategy that can guide the two separate lines of business after they were merged. As a result, they still operated as two separate entities with no common goal. It is important to carefully consider the vision and strategy; because a poorly defined strategy...