Posted March 2, 2017

Concur Co-Founder Steve Singh's Corporate Card Startup To Launch This Month

Concur co-founder Steve Singh has made no attempt to keep hush-hush on his latest business endeavor, a company called Center ID that touches on corporate payment, digital wallets, identity management and small business spend controls. Read More »
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Posted February 3, 2017

Concur Embarks On Message Bot With Slack Integration

Concur is beta testing a bot with group messaging system Slack that can support simple T&E tasks via a conversational interface. It marks the beginning of Concur's foray into the buzzed about world of messaging interfaces and bots. Read More »
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Posted October 27, 2016
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INTERVIEW: Expedia Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

In a keynote address on innovation at The Beat Live last week, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi discussed how the pace of innovation is accelerating, how experimentation and collaboration nurture innovation and how "perfect is the enemy of innovation." Along with that, he shared a philosophy on the virtue of making "small bets" in various areas versus making "big bets" in one or two. Following his address, Khosrowshahi took the stage to field questions on innovation, the corporate travel market and Expedia's bets—big and small—in travel. Read More »
Posted October 19, 2016

The Beat Readers' Choice Awards: Delta Tops Airlines, CWT Leads TMCs

Readers of The Beat chose Delta Air Lines as the Most Admired Airline as well as Supplier of the Year, two honors the carrier has been awarded for five consecutive years. Read More »
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Posted September 14, 2016

Concur: Hipmunk Will Influence Our Enterprise User Experience

Concur's deal to acquire metasearch operator Hipmunk, announced Tuesday, won't have an immediate impact on the user experience or design of Concur's enterprise travel offerings. Yet, in the acquisition, Concur executive vice president of travel Tim MacDonald sees an innovator in travel search and user experience that, down the road at least, will influence the tools Concur provides to corporate users. Read More »
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Posted July 21, 2016

Sabre Rethinks Its Corporate Travel Assets With Integrated Platform Plan

Sabre has Concur in its sights as it pulls together a mobile-focused corporate offering that brings GetThere's booking capabilities into TripCase, folds in virtual payment capabilities, widens the door to third-party developers, provides deeper ties to expense partners and puts it all in what the company calls a "consumer-grade" wrapper. Read More »
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Posted May 23, 2016

Gant Attributes Growth, And Lots Of Change, To Concur

A few years ago, when Gant Travel Management emerged as an early backer of Concur's TripLink program, CEO Patrick Linnihan stated that his goal was to be "the world's best TMC for the Concur Travel and Expense user." Linnihan discussed how Gant's commitment to Concur factored into a change in ownership and agency-network affiliation, a newly installed mid office system and executive appointments. Read More »
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Posted May 17, 2016

Like Others Before It, Concur Plans Microsoft Office Integration

Concur is working with Microsoft on a prototype to integrate travel and expense features into Office 365's Outlook calendar and email applications. The corporate booking integration is in the mold of similar concepts Microsoft has worked on with others, including Amadeus. Read More »
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Posted March 31, 2016

Two Years On, United Nears Home Stretch Of Concur TripLink Integration

Following some delays, United Airlines expects to start beta testing its direct integration of Concur's TripLink with select corporate clients by July. A Concur official said United would be the first airline to go live with supplier-direct TripLink integration, joining other suppliers like major hotel operators that are already in action. Read More »
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Posted August 19, 2015

THE BEAT SHEET: Hotel Attachment; Semantic Search And OBTs; GDS Class Action; EMD Progress

The Beat Sheet is an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers. Read More »
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