TRX, Arcaneo Team For Meetings Tech
Meetings technology provider Arcaneo Inc. last month announced that it has partnered with TRX, which offers transaction processing and online booking solutions. The two companies will combine Arcaneo's Metron meetings management solution with the online booking solution ResX, provided by TRX. "Meetings travel represents a significant opportunity to increase the adoption of online travel booking tools, like ResX," among major companies, said Shane Hammond, TRX executive vice president of sales and client services for North America, in a company release. Under the partnership, the two companies will co-market the systems to customers. Dale Beckles, president and CEO of Arcaneo, said the relationship allows Arcaneo to focus on its role as a pure technology provider. "Clients do not pay Arcaneo any fees if they require integration with their online travel booking solution," Beckles said. Integration between ResX and Metron is facilitated via XML Web services, the standard for interoperability between systems, according to the release. "This means that every single piece of data in any of Metron's thousands of data fields can be easily exchanged with systems like ResX," Beckles said. "The embrace of open standards by both solutions provides our clients with the potential to enjoy greater functionality and allows them to leverage their investments in legacy systems." StarCite Shuffles Top Execs
Meetings management technology provider StarCite Inc. last month named Michael Boult CEO, as company founder, executive chairman and previous CEO John Pino will "spearhead StarCite's international expansion and lead its business development efforts." Boult previously served as president and COO of the company. The management transition was designed to fuel the company's expansion in the fast-growing U.S. and overseas online meetings marketplace, according to the release. Boult joined StarCite on May 24, after leaving his position as founder and COO of Eclipse Advisors (BTN, June 6).
StarCite is expanding its operations in a number of European and Pacific Rim markets, in line with its customers' growth in these areas, according to a release. Meanwhile, the company on Oct. 31 announced an enhanced partnership with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. StarCite has provided Hyatt with the hotel's E-mmediate Response capability for two years. This new agreement further expands the system by enhancing real-time response capabilities and giving customers a tool that will allow them to compare all Hyatt hotel or resort facilities in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean.Arkadin Gains Int掞 Expansion Funds
Remote conferencing solutions provider Arkadin SA last month announced it has raised $6.2 million to support further growth in North America and Asia. CDC Entreprises Innovation, the venture capital arm of CDC Entreprises, led the new round by contributing $4.8 million, according to a company release. Arkadin has operating offices in 13 countries. "We are extremely pleased to have the CDC Entreprises Innovation backing Arkadin and being involved at the board level to help us execute our global strategy. The additional financing will enable us to finalize our expansion plans over the next year, focus on new marketing efforts and continue to upgrade our technology to further develop our services and support staff," said Olivier de Puymorin, president and CEO of Arkadin, in the release. Arkadin products include Anytime, Event and DataNow. The company was founded in 2001.~Corrie Dosh