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Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a global leader specializing in business travel management, and Tata Communications today announced they will team up to provide CWT Telepresence—an enhancement to the company’s broader demand management offering—which will allow CWT clients to access the Tata Communications network of public Cisco TelePresence Suites around the world. In an economic environment that requires companies to look for ways to reduce costs, clients now have an additional solution for effectively managing their travel and meeting expenditures while realizing their business objectives. Furthermore, CWT Telepresence offers flexibility, enabling organizations to bring together employees who might not ordinarily travel to participate in meetings.
CWT Telepresence offers clients a full range of services from help in determining if and when a virtual meeting meets their business needs, through management of the reservations process in any of Tata Communications’ public telepresence rooms, to regular reporting on adoption and related cost savings. In addition, CWT reinforces its position as a leading integrator of top-tier technology that enables clients to optimize their travel and meeting programs.
“CWT recognizes the intense pressure corporations are under to contain rising T&E costs and maximize return on investment,” said Pauline Quéré, CWT vice president, Customer Product Marketing. “By incorporating telepresence into the full range of products and services in our demand management offering, CWT provides a compelling alternative and solidifies its role as a key partner in helping clients demonstrate measurable return on investment. To that end, we are very pleased to be moving forward with Tata Communications, an industry leader in the telepresence arena.”
John Landau, senior vice president, Global Managed Services for Tata Communications, added: “Tata Communications became the world’s first provider of public Cisco TelePresence Suites in July 2008. Today, we offer state-of-the-art private and public rooms that enable companies to boost their productivity, cut costs, and conduct meetings as often as needed while reducing their carbon footprint. Furthermore, the seamless interconnectivity of our private and public rooms through our telepresence exchange minimizes distances across the globe and brings more people together quickly and easily.
“Using Tata Communications’ telepresence services increases the accessibility of businesses beyond their major company offices to their wider ecosystem of users, including customers, suppliers, remote workers and business partners. We are excited to be working with Carlson Wagonlit Travel and look forward to helping them add a new dimension to their clients’ managed travel programs,” Mr. Landau added.
Tata Communications’ managed telepresence technology allows small groups to use high-definition video and real-time audio to meet at any time of the day or night while in multiple locations worldwide. Equipped with life-size images and immersive technology, participants have the effective experience of sitting opposite one another in the same room. In addition to connecting and managing on-site private telepresence facilities for companies worldwide, Tata Communications manages several public rooms available on a pay-per-use basis in the United States, England, India, South Africa and the Philippines. The company also recently announced plans with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide to open additional rooms worldwide in Starwood Hotels by the end of 2009.
CWT clients will also have access to Tata Communications’ Global Meeting Exchange (GMX). The GMX is designed to conveniently support business-to-business sessions on a global basis between any Cisco TelePresence rooms (public or private), irrespective of the network service provider. This pioneering global service will grow in reach over time and will enable subscribers to expand the use of telepresence from an internal meeting solution to one that reaches their global business partners outside of their company.
Smart demand management
Aligning the underlying drivers of demand for travel with business objectives means “traveling smarter,” not necessarily traveling less. CWT Telepresence complements a full range of products and services CWT offers to help companies effectively balance business travel with business needs and control costs.
CWT Meetings & Events helps clients optimize savings, improve services, increase control, enrich attendee experiences, and reach their company’s unique strategic objectives.
CWT Solutions Group, the company’s global consulting arm, can help clients define and implement best practice demand management strategies based on their travel needs and their company’s specific objectives.
CWT Policy Builder helps companies design a travel policy that sets clear parameters and mandates to contain costs while driving business performance. Communicating the policy to all travelers through CWT Portal helps drive compliance.
Online booking tools and CWT travel counselors can help travelers make informed decisions at the time of booking by documenting the trip purpose and proposing alternatives adapted to business needs.
Automated emails targeted to individual travelers via the award-winning CWT Policy Messenger encourage behavioral change that supports business objectives.
Consolidated data that tracks the quantity, frequency and specifications of travel as well as realized savings is available through the award-winning CWT Program Management Center.
Acknowledging the role demand management plays in a well-managed travel program, Ms. Quéré said, “The key to successful demand management is to be holistic in your approach. At Carlson Wagonlit Travel, we are committed to helping our clients make and implement the best choices that will enable their employees to connect easily and efficiently with key stakeholders and drive their business to new heights.”
Free mobile application enables Concur Travel & Expense clients to easily change or update itineraries, capture expenses and approve expense reports – all from their iPhone
Redmond, Wash.- Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR) the world’s leading provider of on-demand Employee Spend Management services, today announced that Concur® Mobile for the iPhone is now available as a free download from the Apple App Store. This powerful extension to Concur® Travel & Expense – Concur’s innovative end-to-end travel and expense management service – enables iPhone users to manage their itinerary, conduct in-policy business travel transactions, capture T&E expense data and approve expense reports – all while on the road. See a video of Concur Mobile for iPhone.
Already in use by thousands of business travelers on BlackBerry or Windows Mobile devices, Concur Mobile is the business travel companion that makes life easier for the mobile workforce while also helping companies more tightly control the significant amount of unmanaged employee spend that occurs during business travel. Now that Concur Mobile is available as a free download for iPhone users, for the first time ever, organizations can provide their business travelers with a choice from among the three leading smartphone platforms to better manage and control business travel and T&E spend.
“Apple’s iPhone is a transformative mobile device that has become an indispensable productivity tool for business travelers around the globe,” said Katherine Sullivan, Senior Director, Solution Marketing for Concur. “We’re excited that the millions of users of Concur’s powerful enterprise application – Concur Travel & Expense – can now leverage this intuitive mobile platform to help them manage their travel and expenses while on the road. This is yet another example of Concur’s continuous innovation to help clients increase T&E policy compliance and drive down costs, while making life easier for the mobile workforce.”
Concur Mobile enables travelers to quickly view their itinerary booked through Concur Travel & Expense, change existing flights and add or delete items such as hotels, rental cars, dining reservations and taxis – all from their mobile phone and all within policy. The solution also lets business travelers quickly and easily capture miscellaneous out-of-pocket purchases and tips, ensuring that these commonly forgotten transactions are automatically and accurately accounted for within the expense report.
Busy managers can even review their employees’ expense reports in detail, right from their hand-held device, allowing them to approve or reject expense reports quickly, no matter where they are. By seamlessly connecting to Concur Travel & Expense, Concur Mobile helps drive compliance and minimize program leakage by delivering access to in-policy travel choices and accurately capturing the resulting spend.
The mobile worker is a growing and important component of the global workforce, which accounted for 847.8 million workers globally in 2008,” according to Sean Ryan, research analyst for Mobile Enterprise at IDC, and co-author of the recent IDC report Enterprise Mobility in the Cloud.
The mobile solutions now emerging from on-demand service providers like Concur provide a template for how companies can leverage mobility to extend the value of their enterprise applications says Robert Mahowald, co-author of the report and research director for SaaS and Cloud Services at IDC.