@Aaron Summers thanks for your post. With regard to your points raised:
1. We've not yet started development on any of the Holiday Manager integrations. This is obviously something that has to be done before we can release it to our customers. There is actually already a premium iBridge integration to write calendar entries to an O365 shared calendar (Microsoft >> Office 365 >> Calendar >> Create Calendar Event). This could be added very easily to any business process that runs against a holiday request (holiday requests run business processes).
2. There is a setting per user in holiday manager which allows you to automatically control your status when you take a holiday. For example, I personally have it set to change my status to 'On Holiday' whenever I take some time off. This is all done automatically in the background. Many of the Service Manager bpm operations that handle assignment factor in an analyst's status when invoked, so for example if you were in a team that receives round robin assignment you would not be assigned new calls while on holiday. Part of the integration work that needs to be done (which is probably more relevant to point 1) is to allow behaviour like you have described above regarding updating open tickets automatically when the assigned analyst is on holiday. Currently this is not there.
3. In Holiday Manager, each co-worker's holiday runs against a working time calendar. There is a default one provided but you can also add others. For example, we employ people that live and work in different countries so they run against different calendars which include different public holidays etc. In the administration section you can set allowances for each holiday type for each co-worker. When approving a holiday request, an approver has the option to see in a calendar view which other members of the team(s) already have holiday booked. At the moment there is no rules system to enforce that only 2 staff can book for the same day, for example, but there is no reason why such a feature could not be added in the future.
4. The pricing model for Hornbill Holiday Manager has not yet been determined.
I'd just like to say it's great that you have an interest in this app and we look forward to eventually releasing it to our customers. Look out for an announcement and more news at our upcoming Insights event this Summer. (details of this year's event will be provided soon) https://insights.hornbill.com/