Platform-as-a-Service for Restaurants Promotes Development of Mobile Apps and Lower Cost Integrations

3/24/2015
HotSchedules has announced the launch of Bodhi, an open platform-as-a-service, to promote lower cost integrations and the rapid development of mobile applications. Bodhi empowers restaurants and retailers to collect and leverage their data to improve insight and drive business transformation at a small fraction of the todays’ costs.
 
Historically, restaurants have had to wrestle with multiple closed systems to get the data they need to gain insight into their business. Today the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating an explosion of data for restaurants but there is no system to bring that data together. Independent solution providers have struggled to integrate with the multitude of Point-of-Sale (POS) systems used by the industry. This limits the choice of apps available to restaurants to those provided by the POS vendor, often with a limited mobile footprint.
 
Bodhi eliminates the barrier between restaurants and their data and opens up a marketplace for restaurants to find new apps that can work with their systems. Bodhi’s restaurant middleware collects data from any source, consolidates real time data in the Bodhi Cloud and delivers data through Bodhi Mobile apps or to 3rd party solutions through the open Bodhi API. Restaurants can work more productively and respond effectively by acting on key performance indicators in real time. Independent solution providers anywhere in the world can integrate their existing solutions, build and host new mobile apps on the Bodhi platform and increase their reach by offering their apps to  HotSchedules’ customers anywhere in the world.
  
Examples of the data restaurants can access with Bodhi include:
In-store data such as POS, scheduling systems, IP enabled restaurant equipment and devices like fryers, sensors and beacons
 
Near-store data from location-based apps like weather, calendars, traffic and social media information (such as Yelp, Google Places and OpenTable)
 
Above-store data such as inventory management, ordering, marketing and accounting systems
 
The data collected can be used in a number of ways.  A few simple use cases for Bodhi might include:
Displaying key performance indicators such as live sales, guest counts and transaction data on mobile dashboards, regardless of source POS system.
 
If bad weather is forecasted, Bodhi can alert managers at affected areas and recommend shift changes.
 
As employees walk into the store, a Bodhi mobile app detects the user location and prompts the user to clock in (or clock out when they leave the store).
 
In addition to delivering pre-built integration to key data sources essential to the restaurant and retail industry, HotSchedules is partnering with independent software vendors (ISVs) to integrate their solutions and bring new applications to the market.  
Bodhi’s initial partners include PlotWatt, which helps you save money by tracking the energy spend of appliances, Humm Systems, which provides feedback from your customers, and Shopamani, a digital wallet for customers and marketing and loyalty solution for restaurants. 
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