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New Research Titles in the Hospitality Sector

Posted January 6th, 2017

We’re pleased to announce the expansion of our series of Smart Decision Guides for decision makers in the hospitality sector with the upcoming release of a new title, on best practices in hotel guest experience management. Our existing library of Smart Decision Guides for the hospitality sector focuses on such topics as hotel property management systems, hospitality revenue management and restaurant management and POS systems. These popular titles are revised and updated on an annual basis. The 2017 Smart Decision Guide to Hotel Guest Experience Management will publish next month, with underwriting support from the following industry leaders: Agilysys, ALICE, Amadeus, Infor and Sabre Hospitality.

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Restaurant Management and POS Systems for Hotels and Resorts

Posted December 17th, 2016

With restaurant POS systems accounting for the largest portion of the budget for restaurant IT investments, the providers of these solutions are vying for the attention of prospective buyers, including hotel and resort operators. As it happens, some of the leading POS solution providers are also leading providers of hotel property management systems (PMS). These solution providers have a distinct advantage over restaurant-only vendors in that they are able to serve hotels with fully integrated technology capabilities.

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In the Spotlight: Application Performance Management

Posted November 15th, 2016

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new study on a hot topic in the world of database management, software development and network performance management: Application Performance Management.  The goal is to gain a deep understanding of how companies today are utilizing application performance monitoring tools to identify database problems and resource bottlenecks as well as to pinpoint defective or inefficient code. In most cases, the goal is to speed the development of new applications as well as optimize the performance of existing applications.

The survey that serves as the basis for the study can be found here.

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Why Insurance Agencies are Upgrading their Technology Capabilities

Posted October 7th, 2016

The ability to provide a better customer service and increase employee productivity are two good reasons to upgrade to a next-generation Insurance Agency Management System. Another good reason relates to data accuracy. These systems make the paperwork on the back-end not only easier to process, but also less prone to errors.

Whether agents are entering information such as a vehicle description or a client birth date or outputting premium quotes, income statements, or a claims report, processing tends to be quick and accurate. Many systems can retrieve and pre-load ACORD forms and remarket carrier features and benefits without the need to manually rekey information.

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Revenue Cycle Management for Healthcare Providers

Posted September 9th, 2016

Revenue Cycle Management refers to the extensive and complicated process to yield a payment for a service provided by a healthcare provider. Healthcare poses a confusing and challenging revenue cycle that dramatically differs from any other industry. From the minute the patient contacts a healthcare organization until after the payment is received, healthcare organizations have to meet a dizzying array of requirements to properly qualify the patient’s insurance coverage, meet the service and documentation requirements, and build a claim that properly and accurately qualifies the service, patient situation, complicating factors, and condition.
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New Healthcare IT Research Practice Earns Accolades from Readers in the Know

Posted August 29th, 2016

We’re elated by the positive response we’ve received to our initial foray into the realm of healthcare IT. Decision makers at dozens of medical practices, both large and small, have submitted feedback praising our “invaluable” research and “terrific insights” into medical practice management solutions. It’s all very gratifying. This blog review is typical: “Starfleet Research’s report, The 2016 Smart Decision Guide to Practice Management Solutions, is a clear, concise tool that everyone seeking a practice management software solution should read and digest before opening their wallets. This report is an invaluable tool in stimulating critical thinking about obtaining the optimal solution for your practice needs and goals.”

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Next-Generation Hospitality Technology: Automating for Success

Posted August 15th, 2016

Hospitality technology has evolved by leaps and bounds in recent years. In fact, until recently, there was no single software application for managing, let alone automating, all of the different functions that take place at a hotel or resort in a unified and integrated fashion. Instead, hoteliers typically used function-specific software programs — often in conjunction with Excel spreadsheets and age-old manual processes — to run their day-to-day business operations.

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Upcoming Healthcare IT Titles and Addition of Leading Subject Matter Expert

Posted July 29th, 2016

We’re excited to announce that Ronald Sterling has joined Starfleet Research as a contributing subject matter expert in our growing healthcare IT best practices market research practice. Ron will lead content development for upcoming titles that include The 2017 Smart Decision Guide to Revenue Cycle Management and The 2017 Smart Decision Guide to Electronic Health Records. These titles are scheduled to publish in Q4, with distribution support from leading healthcare IT media partners, including UBM Medica, and underwriting support from some of the world’s largest and most preeminent healthcare IT solution providers.

Ron is a nationally recognized thought leader on the use of medical billing systems, revenue management strategies and electronic health records (EHR.)  He has written eight books on healthcare IT including the upcoming Medicare Payment Changes and Opportunities.  Ron has also authored over 250 articles on healthcare systems in dozens of publications and serves on the Medscape Business of Medicine Advisory Board.

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Buying Considerations for Medical Practice Management Systems

Posted July 8th, 2016

According to The 2016 Smart Decision Guide to Medical Practice Management Systems, almost one-quarter (21%) of medical practices that have not purchased a next-generation medical PM solution within the past 3 years plan to do so in the next 12 months. While their buying considerations can vary widely dramatically, most practices have many of the same basic needs, regardless of size and area of specialization.

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Restaurant Innovation: New Signature Dishes and Next-Generation Technologies

Posted June 3rd, 2016

Restaurant operators often speak of innovation in terms of putting new signature dishes and food creations on the menu. But where the biggest innovation is happening today, arguably, is less on the menu and more in the technology that is driving increased efficiency and effectiveness across all parts of the food and beverage services industry.  Next-generation restaurant management and POS systems are having a profound impact on business operations, guest satisfaction, revenue growth and overall profitability.

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