OpenTravel Alliance looks to lighter, nimbler schema
The ‘2.0’ phase of its schema aims for easier implementation, more interaoperability
In the airline world, the passenger was for decades reduced to a first and last name.
Today, “the customer is a rich object that has needs,” Gianni Cataldo, general manager and vice president for the Americas at Datalex.
“OpenTravel 2.0 helps us take that one step forward.”
Cataldo, who also is vice chairman of the OpenTravel Alliance, said the major reworking of OpenTravel’s schema -- a move from creating objects from messages to creating messages from objects – has been “transformative.”
In a session at the OpenTravel Alliance Advisory Forum in San Diego, Caltaldo and Cindy Falschlehner, director at HP, explained why the business and commercial sides of travel companies should care.
“When you look at the airline business end to end, the passenger services system construct is a big mix of in-house solutions, like Lego blocks,” Falschlehner said.