Hilton Worldwide Advances Collaboration With Microsoft

MCLEAN, Va. and REDMOND, Wash.  (Profitable.com)  Hilton Worldwide today announced that it is adopting Microsoft Corp.’s collaboration and productivity tools as part of the company’s Innovation Collaborative initiative. Under the terms of this new agreement, Hilton Worldwide will deploy Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Office Communications Server, Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 7 to its employees and business partners at more than 3,600 properties around the world.

“Microsoft truly understands the ‘workplace of the future’ and is uniquely positioned to deliver on that vision through its collaboration solutions,” said Robert Webb, Hilton Worldwide’s chief information officer. “These technologies remove communications barriers across our global enterprise, allow for a recommitment to a common platform and provide a renewed focus on our core mission to deliver the best possible experience for our guests.”

With this agreement, Microsoft becomes a founding member of the Hilton Worldwide Innovation Collaborative. Through the Innovation Collaborative, Hilton Worldwide is joining with world-class technology providers to maintain its position as a leader in hospitality technology.

“Our goal is to help Hilton Worldwide focus on what it does best — providing the highest level of guest experience and satisfaction,” said Robert Youngjohns, president of North America Sales and Marketing at Microsoft. “Using Microsoft’s productivity and collaboration tools, Hilton Worldwide’s employees will benefit from having better access to information, the ability to quickly and easily locate subject matter experts, and improved collaboration and information sharing among geographically dispersed work teams. This will empower them to adapt and improve the guest experience and maintain brand loyalty.”

Built upon Hilton Worldwide’s long-standing relationship with Microsoft, the new tools also represent the company’s deep commitment to a socially connected and innovative workplace. Hilton is also leveraging Microsoft SQL Server and Visual Studio to power the OnQ property management suite of products servicing guests worldwide.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 91 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,600 hotels and 600,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.