Alan Tyson, Databasics

This post is part of the 2012 Keynote Vote for The Beat Live 2012, in Nashville Sept. 10-12.

What will you speak about?

"WTF! Is Gen Y the end of Managed Travel as we know it? (Didn't we raise them better than that?)"

It's increasingly accepted that as Gen Y'ers move into the workforce, organizations had better accommodate them or uh...They just need to do it, ok? Use of personal mobile devices is seen as inevitable and non-negotiable. That also goes for consumer site sourcing, traveler-centricism and spending company time chattering about hotel breakfast buffets.

Are our young colleagues really plotting the overthrow of all we hold dear? Travel policies, internal controls, reasonable productivity and TMC transaction fees? We'll try to come up with some answers.

Why should the audience listen?

"Gen Y" is being used as a justification for sweeping changes in travel management. Some of these changes may be desirable, others destructive. Before we commit to radical transformation we should take a hard look at the underlying rationale.

There will be a slide deck, but basically the audience won't have to look up that much from their phones.

How will you avoid a sales pitch?

With difficulty. But in any event it would be a tough segue from the topic to Databasics' focus, expense reporting.

What insight do you want The Beat readers to share in advance, to help you prepare for your presentation?

Gen Y'ers are innocent!

Alan Tyson is CEO of Databasics.