Travel is evolving rapidly alongside technology. My childhood summer vacation involved a small car, a road book with some old frayed maps, a bag of candy, some comics and listening to heavy discussions between my mom and dad on which road to take.
It really was not that long ago, but it feels ancient compared to how we travel today.
Navigation systems, Google Maps, AirBnB and recently Uberhave completely revolutionized the way we travel. Travelling without our mobile phones has become unthinkable, while it is not even 10 years ago that Steve Jobs announced the iPhone. And beyond the obvious, there are many other fantastic new initiatives that revolutionize the way we travel. The next stage of Self Service check-in for instance. Have you seen how Packnada can help you travel without luggage? Or how boardconnect offers an inflight wireless LAN? Or maybe you like a personal shopper at Heathrow? Or a blind date with a thought leader? Or do you take a hyper fast ‘train’? And what to think of the next wave of wearable devices and the hands-free benefits that comes with it?
All of these innovations are connected through the cloud! And two strong forces in the cloud have combined their power to provide something special.
The Perfect Trip
SAP and Concur are on a journey they call The Perfect Trip, based on a Concur platform that seamlessly connects all relevant and already-available travel information (see the video below). This means anytime, anyplace access to your itinerary on your mobile device, including your electronic boarding pass.
It’s about receiving real-time travel updates and having the fastest lane to your hotel room, the one where you can bypass the front desk with an app. And make your ground transportation easier with Uber and quicker curbside pickups. Or, in SAP terminology, Travel Simple.
It’s the journey that’s important
I actually am writing this while travelling in a bit old-fashioned way. This morning I had my boarding pass printed at the front desk of the hotel. So I can’t wait to not only see the next generation of business travel in action, but also to use it myself.
It’s the journey that is most important in life, but that doesn’t mean we cannot make it more comfortable.