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February 23, 2007 at 08:06 AM EST
PROS 13th Annual Revenue Management Conference Highlights Its Program Content

PROS, the worlds leader in pricing and revenue optimization science and software, will soon be hosting the 13th Annual PROS Revenue Management Conference on April 22-25, 2007, at the InterContinental Hotel in Houston, Texas. This compelling program is led by experts in the industry. Speakers will include:

  • Bill Brunger, former Senior Vice President of Network at Continental Airlines, Inc. -- The presenter, is a 25-year airline veteran and current doctoral candidate. Mr. Brungers presentation will look back at airline RM life before the web, our expectations as it grew in importance, its longer term impact on fares, airline processes and customer perceptions in the U.S. domestic market, and then will draw some conclusions about how it has changed Revenue Management and our daily work lives.
  • Mitsuo Tomita - All Nippon Airways & Kenji Oba -- Juro International Systems will discuss the ability to match demand with capacity in relation to the operational success of an airline. This presentation will highlight the presenters experience with an operation-friendly solution that uses real bookings data to identify profitable swap possibilities. Mr. Mitsuo Tomita is a Senior Manager of Revenue Management who has been with All Nippon Airways (ANA), Ltd. since 2003, based in Japan. Mr. Kenji Oba is the President of Juro International Systems (JIS). He has over 20 years experience in transportation systems consulting and management, including 13 years of quantitative experience in major airline planning.
  • Karl Isler, head of Operations Research and Strategy at the revenue management and pricing department of Swiss International Airlines, will talk about Fenceless Fare-Structures, Revenue Management Systems, and the New Role of the Analyst. With the introduction of fenceless fare-structures, traditional RM systems have to adapt to prevent spiral down. Mr. Isler will review the use of manual overrides to achieve this. As the optimization and forecasting capability of the system evolves to take into account buy-down and even competitive scenarios, the role of the analysts will change again. Game theory and simulations lead us to suggest that the Analysts role should not be reduced to adjusting the forecasts of the new-style systems while leaving the optimization to the computer. On the contrary, the responsibility of the analysts must grow as they need to define the strategy on how to deal with the competition.
  • Henriette Thilert from Germanwings will present: How to Take Advantage of On-Line Sales Information in the RM Equation. Ms. Thilerts presentation focuses on Web Analytics used in tandem with revenue management to provide a powerful tool for revenue optimization. In short, on-line sales provide vital information that can guide airlines in improving their product offering, enhancing their customers experiences, and maximizing revenue. Henriette Thilert heads the German low-cost carrier Germanwings`s revenue management and pricing unit.

The PROS Revenue Management Conference is the largest and best attended conference of its kind. Featuring a rich and diverse set of topics, the conference will be of interest to many in your organization, including Analysts, IT Managers, Super Users, RM Managers, Directors, CFOs and CEOs. For more information and to register for this event please visit www.prosRM.com/conference.

The 13th Annual PROS Revenue Management Conference

Registration is open for the April 22-25, 13th Annual PROS Revenue Management Conference which will be hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel in Houston, TX. The PROS annual conference is recognized within the RM industry as the best forum for practitioners and academic professionals to keep current with RM trends. Conference delegates experience an innovative view of revenue management through case studies, group exercises, and practitioner insight. Registration for the 13th Annual PROS Revenue Management Conference includes three-day access to all conference sessions, breakfast, lunch, and materials. Also, for every three paid registrants a company sends, a fourth registrant may attend the conference free of charge. For more information and to register, please visit our website: www.prosRM.com/conference

About PROS

PROS is the worlds leader in pricing and revenue optimization solutions with over 280 deployed solutions across 12 major industries, optimizing millions of pricing decisions every day. PROS has more than 120 clients in over 50 countries.

The PROS mission is to maximize the revenue of each client using PROS world-leading revenue optimization science, enterprise profit optimization, and pricing optimization solutions. PROS clients report substantial annual incremental revenue and operating profit increases as a result of demand forecasting and revenue optimization. PROS solutions forecast demand, optimize inventory, and provide dynamic pricing optimization to maximize revenue.

Founded in 1985 in Houston, Texas, PROS has 32 straight quarters of profitability, in large part due to the intellectual capital of its staff. Over 100 of PROS staff have advanced degrees including over 20 Ph.D.s, and the staff speaks a cumulative total of over 20 languages.

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