At Auckland Museum managing events presents unique logistical challenges. Venues at the Museum include the Grand Foyer, which seats 250 for cocktail parties, product launches, banquets, balls, or wedding receptions; two major galleries; Members’ Lounge, and the nostalgic Centennial Street, with replica streets and houses from Auckland’s past.
When the Museum dramatically increased its venue capacity with the completion of a three-year Grand Atrium project, including a purpose-built Events Center on the roof to seat 450, a 200-seater Auditorium, and a few smaller function rooms, it was decided to install Rendezvous venue management software to run the business.
Managing events in such a venue presents unique logistical challenges. Preparing an area like the Grand Foyer, which is open to the public all day, for a fully catered dinner event, takes careful planning and co-ordination. Timing is everything, and it is vital for the Museum to be able to capture information and easily report to all concerned.
“Rendezvous delivers all we want but is obviously capable of a whole lot more,” says the Museum’s Commercial Manager Scott Ashton, referring to the extensive capability of Rendezvous to manage in-house catering, inventory control, marketing, and all ancillary requirements for convention-type event centers. “To have something custom-made was obviously going to be more expensive than buying something off the shelf and tinkering with it a little bit,” he adds.
So, for less than the cost of a custom-built solution, the Museum has implemented a future-proofed venue management softwaresystem, which will grow with its expanding requirements.
In line with the Museum’s needs, Rendezvous venue management software was customized to match the existing venue management software systems and practices for booking rooms, services, and equipment. Rendezvous also generates invoices, online quotes and customized contracts for venue bookings, and can integrate with third-party accounting software.
The solution also offers the Museum an ability to create a graphical layout of room and floor space, ensuring clear understanding between venue and client. Museum Events Manager, Lucy O’Mahony, says the event booking software has been simple and easy to use.
Service and support from software reseller Savio Solutions were also deciding factors. “Other packages we looked at were serviced offshore,” comments O’Mahony. “With Savio the support people were actually in New Zealand when we needed assistance.“