Expedia Group Chooses Stonebranch to Empower Digital Business

Global travel technology company deploys dynamic IT automation solution that enables development and operations to focus on product enhancements and innovation.

ATLANTA, Georgia, December 20, 2018 - Expedia Group, one of the world’s leading full-service online travel brands, has chosen Stonebranch’s Universal Automation Center (UAC) to automate its digital business helping travelers easily plan and book travel from the widest selection of vacation packages, flights, hotels, rental cars, rail, cruises, activities, attractions, and services.

Stonebranch was selected over other IT Automation vendors for a variety of reasons, but first and foremost is Universal Automation Center’s ease of use and self-service automation capabilities. Stonebranch’s cutting-edge technology combined with best-in-class services provides the fastest and most dynamic way to automate business processes, transforming Expedia Group into a next generation dynamic data center.

Transforming their solution was seamless and simple and licensing costs presented a lower total cost of ownership. Following a comprehensive assessment and evaluation exercise, it was determined that Stonebranch overachieved Expedia Groups feature requirements. With far more economical overall costs and a rapid and smooth transition to modernization, Expedia Group experienced a tremendous Return on Automation resulting in improved functionality, reduced support costs, DIY enablement, enhanced efficiency, and reduced onboarding times.

With the time saved on operational work, Expedia Group is now better able to focus their efforts on the development and deployment of additional tools, platforms and features that enhance their competitive advantage.

“Stonebranch’s automation solution has many benefits, but the most important factor in our decision to transform to UAC was how dramatically it lowered our operational costs,” says Michael Bayha, Senior Systems Engineer at Expedia Group. “Due to the solution’s Do IT Yourself (DIY) capabilities, we were able to manage 90% of the transition ourselves. UAC's self-service capabilities are second to none. Stonebranch frees up our skills and time and this allows our engineers to focus on improvements to our core product and the development of net new features and applications.”

“The Expedia Group are global leaders in digital transformation, at the forefront of innovative online travel solutions,” said Dr. Detlef Purschke, Chief Commercial Officer of Stonebranch. “It was honour partnering with them to ensure a far more economical Return on Automation and a rapid and smooth transition to the next generation dynamic data center automation.”

For more detail about Expedia Group’s use of Universal Automation Center, read the success story here.

About Expedia Group
Expedia Group (NASDAQ: EXPE) is the world's travel platform. We help knock down the barriers to travel, making it easier, more enjoyable, more attainable and more accessible. We are here to bring the world within reach for customers and partners around the globe. We leverage our platform and technology capabilities across an extensive portfolio of businesses and brands to orchestrate the movement of people and the delivery of travel experiences on both a local and global basis. Our family of travel brands includes: Brand Expedia®, Hotels.com®, Expedia® Partner Solutions, Egencia®, trivago®, HomeAway®, VRBO®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Wotif®, lastminute.com.au®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Hotwire®, Classic Vacations®, Expedia Group™ Media Solutions, CarRentals.com™, Expedia Local Expert®, Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, SilverRail™, ALICE® and Traveldoo®. For more information, visit https://www.expediagroup.com

About Stonebranch
Stonebranch provides modern automation software solutions that simplify mission-critical IT business processes reliably and securely across complex and diverse IT environments. Our focus is dedicated solely to workload automation technology, enabling us to provide best-in-class solutions combined with an unmatched customer experience. Stonebranch serves over 350 enterprise-level clients, including many of the world's largest financial, healthcare and technology institutions and is a recognized leader by industry analysts among the workload automation and job scheduling landscape. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Stonebranch has offices throughout the world, including Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Greece and Spain. The European head office is in Frankfurt, Germany.