To develop the world’s best cloud based hospitality business management platform for client license to multiple site operators.
The system must provide effective universal real time resource management and analysis, and future resource forecasting and analysis for bar, restaurant and hotel groups. It must enable multiple level inputs and processing (from site managers to head office).
The project has, and continues to involve, cutting edge software architecture; contextual testing; mobile and app development and big data management.
The system we developed provides an array of business forecasting and budgeting reportage. It can provide an up to the minute birds eye view of resource and profitability across every site and to a range of user defined criteria.
It also provides a complex human resources management (levels of staffing, rota planning; sickness and holiday management, multiple employment (employees working at multiple sites in the same time) etc.).
It has been developed to allow multiple integrations with different APIs for both fetching and exporting data. We also created an iOS and an Android app for employees, allowing them to check their schedule, setup reminders, contact colleagues, plan holiday bookings.
The system has been written in PHP 5.4. It is based on CodeIgniter 2.1 framework, a Model View Controller framework that is both fast and easy to use and maintain. We have used lots of open-source libraries helping to improve user’s experience, including: jQuery, ElasticSearch, PHPExcel, highCharts.js.
Polaris was immediately welcomed by its markets and is now deployed by many UK multiple operators, each with up to 40-50 sites and thousands of employees. It requires minimal support.
We are scaling it to support operators with thousands of sites and optimising it to run faster using a database cluster setup. We are supporting its scale out to US and Europe and are also creating a mobile app for site managers.