Category Archives: Travel

Tying up T&E Loose Ends: T&E Meets Risk Management (Part 3)

- November 28, 2014 2:31 AM | Categories: Risk Performance and Compliance, Travel

In previous installments of this PRO series, Spend Matters VP of Research Thomas Kase discussed the amount of risk companies face when deploying workers around the globe and what precautions the company and its workers must take. In Part 1, he specifically talked about duty of care provisions, and in Part 2, he continued his analysis of corporate travel risks. Today, he completes the series, offering a number of recommendations companies should take regarding T&E management.

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Identifying And Responding to Risks Faced By A Global Workforce: T&E Meets Risk Management (Part 2)

- November 26, 2014 6:37 AM | Categories: Risk Performance and Compliance, Travel

What do companies need to be aware of when managing corporate travel and a global workforce? Spend Matters VP of Research Thomas Kase, who has experience working abroad and is our main source for T&E management, started this PRO series discussing the amount of risk a company faces when deploying workers around the globe, how much money a company should allocated to risk mitigation and what is required under duty of care provisions. You can check it out here. Here, in Part 2, Thomas continues this analysis of travel risks and corporate obligations.

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Understanding “Duty of Care” When Managing Corporate Travel: T&E Meets Risk Management (Part 1)

- November 25, 2014 6:28 AM | Categories: Risk Performance and Compliance, Travel

Vendors hawking T&E software that spans travel booking and expense management claim that it is not just about policy compliance, but that it is also about the risk management benefits of actually seeing where employees (or contractors) are and, in the event of an emergency, being able to provide support as quickly as possible. In this multi-part Spend Matters PRO research brief, Spend Matters VP of Research Thomas Kase provides a primer on managing travel and the global corporate workforce, including the requirements and limits of duty of care provisions – and what procurement needs to know and how far it should consider going both as good business practice and under the law.

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Ask the Expert Webinar: Why is SAP Paying a Premium for Concur?

- October 2, 2014 8:08 AM | Categories: Ask the Expert, Breaking News, ERP, Industry News, M&A, Travel

Whether you are at the CPO level thinking about your ERP and other procurement solution strategy, or “merely” reporting your travel expenses through Concur, few have not heard about SAP’s outsized bid to acquire Concur. Approximately $8.3B in the largest acquisition of a SaaS provider to date. We invite our Plus and PRO members to join this week's Ask the Expert webinar on Friday, October 3 from 11-11:30am Central to hear what Spend Matters’ Jason Busch and Thomas Kase have to say about the deal.

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Accenture Spend Trends Report: Travel Category Intelligence – Exploring Corporate Cards and T&E

- September 18, 2014 2:22 AM | Categories: Analysis, Procurement, Travel

There are certain areas of procurement that all too often remain their own fiefdoms – sometimes effective, sometimes not – with little influence or management from center-led or overall functional leadership. Travel is one of these areas. But the opportunity to drive savings from better managing travel spend – and even to generate income through rebate programs – is significant indeed. The Q2 Accenture Spend Trends Report highlights a handful of travel savings opportunities including suggesting more active programs to source corporate cards (including p-cards).

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Why SAP Should — Or Should Not — Buy Concur

- September 3, 2014 4:50 PM | Categories: Commentary, M&A, Solution Providers, Travel

Earlier today Thomas Kase (VP of research) shared some quick comments on the rumors that SAP is thinking about buying Concur. This Spend Matters PRO article is the in-depth analysis. "Say it ain't so" is what first came to mind, not that Concur is either shoeless or cheats. There are of course positive aspects to the acquisition as well. Thomas expands on the pros and cons of such a deal, as part of his advice to Concur's shareholders and customers.

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Air Canada Rouge — A Pictorial Guide to An Airline That Needs Some Deep Cleaning

- August 25, 2014 10:27 AM | Categories: Commentary, Friday Rant, Travel

Last week, I provided a business and personal travel review about a recent transatlantic trip on Air Canada Rouge — Air Canada’s “discount” airline-within-an-airline. After hearing from a number of people who have also “been rouged” — a new verb which I might define as “thinking that you are flying Air Canada when you are really flying a completely different airline that looks for the oldest, most inexpensive planes to fly and then only partially updates them" — I thought I’d shared some pictures from my recent trip. Enjoy the visual tour.

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A Review of Air Canada Rouge – Just Say No for Business and Personal Travel

- August 22, 2014 2:20 AM | Categories: Friday Rant, Travel

air canada rouge I think I’ve found the bottom of the barrel of Star Alliance. While it may be painted “Rouge” on the outside, Air Canada’s new discount service made my family red with anger on the inside. Earlier this month, we took a family vacation to Europe returned from Rome to the U.S. through Canada. The routing that made the most sense – and what first seemed like a great deal in cashing in Citi points – involved an airline-within-an-airline that I had never heard of: Air Canada Rouge. Air Canada Rouge is supposedly a discount airline, but the prices were similar for the transatlantic routes to standard airlines.

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The Love of Pulp — and How to Get the Wall Street Journal on the Cheap

- July 18, 2014 10:06 AM | Categories: Commentary, Travel

Man with newspaper on ordinary bench Living in the Atlanta area, I have a certain travel bias in favor of Delta – can’t be helped – so I rack up SkyMiles at a good clip. And here’s the trick – you use your miles to pay for the WSJ. Ok, so it’s not entirely free but comes pretty close. Delta has changed partners for this over the years. Right now it is a company called Newspaper Rewards, and the deal has only gotten better since I got my last subscription. I had to hand over 2,700 miles for about nine months (I think – I renewed back in July last year, but the copies keep coming…) of just the print edition. Now the deal is even better – pay 2,417 miles for 39 weeks of the print and electronic editions. And what's more -- having a newspaper subscription doubles as a weather forecast.

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To All My Consulting Friends and Fellow Road Warriors: Take Care of Yourself

- May 23, 2014 2:45 AM | Categories: Commentary, Friday Rant, Travel

airport Like many Spend Matters readers, I need a good long weekend. This year has (literally) flown by so quickly that I’m close to hitting the overall airline status I was expecting by year’s end—some six months early. But being up in the air and not even knowing what time zone you’re in – not to mention being stuck in airports at every hour of the day and night – is no fun. And it’s arguably not healthy either, even if you love what you’re doing at Point A and Point B and enjoy the work you complete while travelling. So let me offer a few suggestions before the long Memorial Day weekend for my fellow frequent fliers.

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Concur and Procurement: Looking to the Future and Innovation Today

- May 19, 2014 2:15 AM | Categories: Category Management, Invoicing, Travel

Within procurement, many know Concur as a T&E provider, and Concur’s strength in this area no doubt continues. But the company has more to offer procurement than just a T&E reporting tool (albeit an extremely slick one). In this Spend Matters PRO research brief, analyst Thomas Kase will look at some other tools from Concur, show you some screenshots of what their capabilities actually look like, and speculate on where they might be going with their offering. Not a Spend Matters PRO subscriber yet? Contact us to inquire about a 30-day free trial.

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Viva the LVH – A Hilton No More!

- May 16, 2014 9:09 AM | Categories: Conferences, Friday Rant, Travel

Las Vegas, where ISM's annual conference last week was held, has become a bifurcated hotel city of ultra luxury and ultra stank and dirt (it’s always been filthy outside, but in the case of lodging, the middling places are getting dirtier and dirtier). However, it’s not terribly expensive to opt out of the places that have not seen a capital expenditure too recently, especially if you plan ahead. The Spend Matters team stayed for less than the cost of a typical Marriott in pre-paid rooms (thank you, Expedia) at the Wynn Encore, a hotel that is just about as over the top as any top-line Asian hotel chain (Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental, etc.). It was a true treat for less than $200 per night.

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