Hi All, sorry I posted then “disappeared” I love how active you guys all are!
My startup is http://thebookingfactory.com and we are releasing the PMS, Booking Engine and Website Engine for free with an open API to customise as you see fit. It’s not open source but its free and has open API to build upon. You can sign up for a free account now if you like.
Now I’m not saying everything is 100% free, our way to make money is to charge for connections to channels such as booking.com, Agoda or Airbnb etc. Also we will charge for handling credit cards in a PCI friendly way. There may be some other upgrades along they way as they arrive also.
Things you can do with our API you may ask?
Custom website templates
Custom booking engines
Mobile apps or basically anything you can imagine doing with an API
If anyone creates anything like this we can have them for sale in the platform for others to use (We will probably take a 30% cut same as apple store)
Also we are a startup so if you need an API for some reason to exist we can make it happen.
Emre: Your new API sounds really interesting and I think its a better way to go than hard coding things, I think its a good idea for a few of us interested people get together and hash out a good basic version of what we want to achieve.
- User activates setting to work with PMS provider and selects PMS and inserts the API key
- When PMS checks in guest it sends update to POS that items can be added to their room bill
- If guest has a drink and adds to his room, the pos can send the details back to the PMS
Question: If bills are posted to room what happens to them on the POS? They are paid for via Voucher (PMS)? Basically the PMS has paid for them.
I’m sure I’m missing something here? But I think a simple version is a good start with
Looking forward to this! I think you guys are right that there isnt much demand is because only more expensive PMS have connections and also with expensive POS solutions. We can solve this problem for the smaller operator.