Posted January 29, 2014

TripLingo Completes Shift To Corporate Market

Language learning app TripLingo on Wednesday released the third version of its mobile app, an upgrade designed to appeal to enterprise corporate users, travel management companies and other "channel partners," according to founder and CEO Jesse Maddox. Read More »
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Posted January 22, 2014

Concur Thus Far Dominates Government ETS2 Signings

The U.S. General Services Administration confirmed that 30 of the more than 90 eligible federal agencies and bureaus have signed vendor task orders for the next-generation E-Gov Travel Service travel management system. Each of the 30 has signed with Concur, though CWTSatoTravel has secured multiple extensions for its first-generation system. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted November 18, 2013

THE BEAT SHEET: Gordon Wilson On OBTs; Subscription Pricing Commentary; HRG Notes; More On Millennials

The latest edition of The Beat Sheet, an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers. Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
Posted November 15, 2013

TravelSolutions By Campbell Among TMCs Opening Up On Concur Integration

TravelSolutions by Campbell is among the first travel management companies to achieve certification for Concur's TripLink application programming interface. According to Mike Koetting, Concur senior vice president for TMC services, that API is "the mechanism that the TMC uses to get the open booking data from Concur, and once that agency has that data, they can develop their own version of an agent desktop, which they would use to display that information." Campbell has done just that by building CampbellConnect, a proprietary XML-based system. Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
Posted November 7, 2013

Bullish Concur Expanding Open Booking Investment

Concur chairman and CEO Steve Singh sounded particularly optimistic on Wednesday when discussing with analysts the company's financial performance for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. He pointed to thousands of new customer signings, ETS2 progress and accelerating revenue growth. The company now has "a clear line of sight to crossing the $1 billion revenue mark in 2016," he said. Wall Street on Thursday seemed unmoved. Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
Posted October 15, 2013

BackBid Targets Managed Corporate Programs

Hotel deal-shopping tool BackBid is turning a sharper eye toward the managed travel market with a specialized version that works in conjunction with corporate booking technology. Read More »
Posted October 7, 2013 - Miami

Concur CEO Steve Singh: No Perfection Without Collaboration

Concur chairman and CEO Steve Singh last week kicked off The Beat Live conference here with a keynote address, but no, he didn't harp on open booking. He did, however, focus on other Concur themes: an open platform, using data intelligently and what the company calls "the perfect trip." Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas with reporting by JoAnn DeLuna | More by David Jonas
Posted September 18, 2013

Embracing Open Booking, Gant Goes All In With Concur

As the managed travel community chews over the implications of open booking and models that provide more traveler empowerment, travel management companies are considering where they stand and how to move forward. Gant Travel Management has made its decision and opted to embrace a new mindset. Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
Posted September 13, 2013

After A Long Fight, CWT Grabs A Piece Of Federal ETS2 Contract

The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded Carlson Wagonlit Travel a piece of its second-generation E-Gov Travel Service contract. The award followed a court-ordered reevaluation of CWT's bid and reversed a once-steadfast GSA position to maintain Concur as the sole contractor. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer with reporting by David Jonas | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted September 3, 2013

Concur Claims More Than 100 Open-Booking Clients

Concur president and COO Rajeev Singh last week told The Beat that customer adoption of TripLink—the new name for the company's suite of services that combines the original "Open Booking product" and recently acquired TripLink technology from GDSX—"is in the triple digits." Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
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