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Agilysys Sponsors Global Hospitality Knowledge Institute

2009-03-11
Industry Expertise Will Help Deliver ‘Next Generation of Hospitality Professionals’



March 11, 2009, Press Dispensary. CLEVELAND – Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGYS), a leading provider of innovative IT solutions, including specifically-designed hospitality software solutions, is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Event and Venue Management Institute (EVMI), which includes Agilysys embedding valuable industry knowledge into the training curriculum for hospitality professionals.

“Stadia and events professionals need to fully understand the opportunities available to them in terms of business processes and the application of powerful technology,” said Tina Stehle, senior vice president and general manager of Agilysys Hospitality solutions Group. “Our partnership with EVMI means Agilysys can help venue and event managers worldwide implement best practices and gain the greatest returns from their investments in venues, systems and people.”

She added: “This innovative partnership reflects our determination to embed essential skills in the industry—both operationally in terms of retail, food and beverages and in technical know-how— based on the experience we have gained at leading venues and major events worldwide. We can also work with other institute partners to help provide the industry with an even stronger standards-led approach.”

Agilysys has already provided significant input into the Institute’s established Stadium Management Summer School curriculum, delivering real-world insights for modules in key areas such as income, cost control, efficiency and reporting:

• Effective planning: bar set-up, cellar management, event planning, operational know-how
• The customer journey: managing the guest experience
• Effective staffing: planning around income streams, resourcing and allocations, writing ‘good service’ specifications
• Management reporting: effective operations, effective results
• Supplier negotiation: techniques, structuring a deal, leveraging advantages revealed by your data

Established in 2006 to address the growing need for professional venue management training globally, EVMI aims to be ‘the school of choice for venue management professionals worldwide’. Ian Nuttall, member of the institute’s supervisory board, said: “We are delighted Agilysys has joined our growing list of industry partners. Our students will certainly benefit from the company’s unrivalled expertise in its industry segment. For example, Agilysys’ participation means that students on our courses will be getting practical hands-on tasks across key areas such as data analytics, and forecasting staff, sales, costs, rooms and resources."

Heidi West Agilysys, Inc, tel:  07967 338810
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Maureen Morreale, Agilysys, Inc, tel: 440-519-816
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Angelina Tennino, executive director, EVMI,  44 208 133 5226
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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 Cleveland, Agilysys operates extensively throughout North America, with additional sales and support offices in the United Kingdom and China. For more information, visit http://www.agilysys.com


About EVMI
Founded in 2006, by an international group of venue operators and experts, the Event and Venue Management Institute (formerly the European Venue Management Institute) takes the training of venue managers very seriously.

In fact, EVMI was established in response to the growing need for professional education and career development for individuals and venues. Today's multi-faceted venue management role requires professional training – preferably delivered by today's experts for tomorrow's practitioners. Uniquely, EVMI programmes take into account the diverse cultural, financial and organisational structure of the international markets - and so deliver practical, knowledge-based training for those executives in charge of stadiums, arenas, theatres and other sports and entertainment facilities. For more information, visit http://www.evmi.org

For further information, please contact:
Heidi West, Agilysys, Inc.
Tel: +44 07967 338810
Email:
Site: www.agilysys.com

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Heidi West
Tel: +44 07967 338810
Email:
Site: www.agilysys.com

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