Gartner has recenty predicted that by 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today. CIOs will increasingly leverage a multitude of cloud computing providers across the entire IT stack to enable a huge variety of use cases and meet the requirements of their business unit peers. Indeed, the tides are shifting toward a “cloud-first” or even “cloud-only” policy... 

Marc Wilczek

A Comprehensive Guide To Corporate Travel Management

A Comprehensive Guide To Corporate Travel Management

Yes, yes, we can certainly video conference, and I am one of the first persons to say that however, there are times we cannot do without actually traveling to the location and handling things in person. This article is for those times.

And yes, I realize it’s not really a technical paper as is the norm here at CloudTweaks. However, we have sometimes featured non-technical assets that we feel will benefit our business readership – on sales methodologies, human resources, etc. On that ground, this asset can truly be an asset to our readers. Also, we can’t escape the fact that travel today is highly technical; in such an environment, this guide can greatly improve an organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.


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This guide, titled Global Corporate Travel Forecast: A Guide for Pricing and Negotiations in 2013 , has been developed after considerable research. According to the publishers Egencia, an Expedia company, “This guide is designed to help CFOs, CEOs, and anyone in charge of corporate travel understands industry pricing and negotiations for 2013.  We examine the supply environment at a market-level for over 50 destinations in North America, Europe, and Asia- Pacific. In addition, we share recommendations and best practices on how to manage travel programs, anticipate travel industry changes, and optimize business results amidst the 2013 supply landscape.”

What I like about this guide is that it’s comprehensive; it does not merely gloss over generalizations like “book airline tickets early,” but examines the current and projected airfare and hotel landscapes to deliver recommendations that are backed by data. For example, it identifies that in wake of the Olympics, London has a lot of excess hotel inventory that lends itself to aggressive negotiations. No wonder its 10 pages long. However, the content is well-written and does not drag.

Whenever you read a white paper or guide, you have to be cognizant of its publishers and whether the asset actively promotes specific products which may not always be beneficial to readers. However, this guide steers clear of such issues with no product recommendations at all. In conclusion, this is a guide that I believe decision-makers will definitely find useful and I can strongly recommend it to our readers.

By Sourya Biswas


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