Amadeus, Salesforce Chase Business Travel’s ROI

Return on investment for particular business trips is elusive. Amadeus is hoping to address that with new integration between its cytric booking tool and Salesforce. Amadeus expects cytric to be available on the Salesforce AppExchange by early fourth quarter, meaning clients can install its booking capabilities into the Salesforce mobile app. The integration will attach Salesforce CRM’s “opportunities”… Read More »

Kevin Austin Shoots For The Next Big Mobile Thing

Hi-Mark Software made its mark more than a decade ago, and Kevin Austin sold it to TRX in 2007. Concur now is shutting down what remains of Austin’s technology, and he’s back with something new. His Big Data Experts has created a platform for building mobile apps, going to market as ONEtechnology. They’re not just any mobile apps.… Read More »

Shoeboxed Uncovers Expense App, Joining Crowded Field Addressing Huge Market

Annual growth percentages for the expense management market remain in the high single digits, according to recent reports from IDC and Technavio. That’s a big reason why the number of software providers, already in the dozens, keeps growing. While this may not concern large enterprise providers like Concur, Chrome River or Coupa, on the smaller end, the choices… Read More »

Want Data Insights? Travel Inc. Says Ask Alexa

Voice-assisted search is exploding, and along with it comes the opportunity for traveler service and transactions. What about data? A number of companies are looking into this, but Atlanta-based Travel Incorporated aims to be the first corporate travel provider to release a working product. Building off its proprietary reporting tool, Evolution, a new Travel Inc. “bot engine” allows… Read More »

American Express Global Business Travel Makes Ground Transport Play With Mozio

American Express Global Business Travel will use ground transportation platform Mozio to offer clients a range of options through an agent portal, the KDS booking tool and the GBT mobile app. Mozio also works with Carlson Wagonlit Travel, which owns a piece of the five-year-old marketplace of roughly 3,000 transport providers. Inventory includes public transit systems, black cars and… Read More »

GBTA Takes Airline Distribution Head-On

Boston – Travel management professionals agree that to be effective, new airline distribution programs need to offer at least as much functionality as existing systems do. Based on expert commentary at last week’s Global Business Travel Association convention here, it would appear that a solution to be welcomed by all key parties is a ways off. Dozens of speakers… Read More »

Concur TripLink, Traxo Collect Data From Corporate Bookings On United Mobile App

[UPDATE, Aug. 5, 2017: Concur pushed back to Sept. 16 its simplification of the TripLink user permission process.] [CORRECTION, July 31, 2017: The original version of this article mischaracterized improvements in the TripLink on-boarding process, suggesting travelers do not need to agree to connect their loyalty programs with their Concur profiles. They do still need to permit that… Read More »

Travel Managers Ruminate On The Impacts Of Tightening And Relaxing Policies

Boston – It’s folly to look for consensus on which way corporate travel policy is moving. Speakers at the Global Business Travel Association convention here last week displayed a wide range of approaches and opinions. On one panel, a travel manager wished his company’s policy was stricter while his co-panelist said she strives for a softer touch and… Read More »

TMCs Advance Mobile Hotel Bookings, Services

It’s well known that lodging is a strategic driver for travel management companies. Mobile is a key vehicle. American Express Global Business Travel next month in the United Kingdom will add hotel booking and chat to its Amex GBT mobile app. The move furthers a hotel strategy that recently included the integration of Booking.com content, according to American… Read More »

Big Three TMCs On Evolution Of The Model, Airline Distribution, Airbnb, Concur, Synxis Breach

You generally will not see interviews published here, but an opportunity that came up last week made an exception worthwhile. What follows are excerpts of separate interviews with top executives at the three largest travel management companies. We spoke by phone with American Express Global Business Travel president Philippe Chérèque last Monday, Carlson Wagonlit Travel president and CEO… Read More »