by Michael J. Shapiro | January 23, 2013

 Meetings-industry technology companies Lanyon and Certain announced a partnership last week, an integration of Lanyon's hospitality sourcing technology with Certain's online meetings-management platform. Certain Sourcing, as the new tool is called, allows planners to locate hotels and negotiate with them, based on budget requirements, from within the Certain platform. The new functionality streamlines and automates the room-block-sourcing process, in part by providing up-to-date hotel information in a central location; Lanyon's technology is the same used by many hotels to provide content to third-party travel websites. The Certain event-management platform now includes management of registration, marketing, planning, sourcing and mobile functionality, among other features.