Aston Hotel, Sheffield in U.K. Selects Visual One Suite of Products by Agilysys



    
    New Hotel to Implement Property Management, Point-of-Sale, Sales &
Catering
    Systems
    

    BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 7 /CNW/ -- Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq:   AGYS), a
leading provider of innovative information technology and hospitality software
solutions, announced today that Aston Hotel, Sheffield, located in South
Yorkshire, U.K., has selected a comprehensive Visual One Suite of Products by
Agilysys to streamline operations at the 78-room property, which is scheduled
to open in April 2008. Aston Hotel, Sheffield is owned and managed by Aston
Hotels. Currently, two other Aston Hotels properties are using Visual One
solutions.
    
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    Aston Hotel, Sheffield was looking for a single vendor that could provide
comprehensive and integrated solutions for property management, point-of-sale
and sales & catering. The Visual One suite was ideal, with powerful yet
scaleable systems that create more efficient business processes and deliver
measurable results. The suite, which operates under Microsoft Windows(R) NT
with a Microsoft SQL(R) server database, will enable the property to improve
productivity in nearly every area of operations.
    "We implemented the Visual One suite at our Dumfries and Darlington
hotels with great success, so we therefore turned to Agilysys once again when
selecting technology for our Sheffield property," said John Deighan,
operations director at Aston Hotels. "We especially appreciate that the Visual
One solutions are fully integrated, utilizing the same database and providing
real-time information exchanges. Using the same system at all of our hotels
ensures standardized operations and continuity to customers. We are confident
the software suite will enable our newest hotel to maximize performance which,
in turn, allows us to provide guests with the best possible service."
    Aston Hotel, Sheffield is implementing the following Visual One
solutions:

    
    -- Visual One Premiere Property Management System by Agilysys, a flexible
       and reliable property management solution that offers a variety of
       features and functionality, including front office operations, guest
       history, housekeeping, night audit, reservations management, room
       maintenance and travel agent management. The hotel also is implementing
       the accounts receivable module, which automatically imports direct bill
       check-outs from the property management system to the appropriate
       account receivable, and the web booking module, which enables guests to
       view room rates and availability, make a reservation and obtain a real-
       time confirmation number.
    

    
    -- Visual One Point-of-Sale (POS) System by Agilysys, a POS solution
       designed especially for the hospitality industry. The system is both
       touch-screen and barcode controlled and operates in a variety of hotel
       environments, including bars, fast food outlets, gift shops, spas and
       table service restaurants.
    

    
    -- Visual One Sales & Catering System by Agilysys, a powerful and flexible
       software system that enables hotels to manage meeting room and banquet
       operations. Functionality includes catering and banquet management,
       group rooms management, meeting room management, menu planning and
       sales account management.
    
    "Aston Hotels understands the value of a 'total solutions' approach to
technology," said Tina Stehle, senior vice president and general manager of
Agilysys Hospitality Solutions. "The combined power of the Visual One Property
Management System, Point-of-Sale System and Sales & Catering System will
enable the company's newest hotel to manage day-to-day operations more
efficiently. We are proud to add another Aston Hotels property to our customer
base in the U.K. and look forward to a long and successful relationship."
    
    About Agilysys, Inc.
    
    Agilysys is a leading provider of innovative IT solutions to corporate
and public-sector customers, with special expertise in select markets,
including retail and hospitality. The company uses technology - including
hardware, software and services - to help customers resolve their most
complicated IT needs. The company possesses expertise in enterprise
architecture and high availability, infrastructure optimization, storage and
resource management, identity management and business continuity; and provides
industry-specific software, services and expertise to the retail and
hospitality markets. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., Agilysys operates
extensively throughout North America, with additional sales offices in the
United Kingdom and China. For more information, visit http://www.agilysys.com.




For further information:

For further information: Maureen Morreale, Agilysys, Inc., 
+1-440-519-8161, maureen.morreale@agilysys.com; or Vikki Meldrum, Dix & 
Eaton, on behalf of Agilysys, +1-216-241-3020, vmeldrum@dix-eaton.com Web
Site: http://www.agilysys.com

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