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Technology for technology’s sake is just "hype", Jason Long, head of global commercials for corporations, global customer IT solutions for Amadeus, has warned corporates.
Speaking at the Asociation of Corporate Travel Executives’ Global Education Conference in Paris, he questioned the current trend for mobility solutions.
“On the mobile side we’re all getting involved, attending workshops and seminars and conferences, and we’re still not really that sure what we’re going to do with it,” he said.
Long suggested corporates should instead be focussing on the integration of self booking tools, expense management and HR databases, as a “tried and trusted” way to save money and improve processes.
He said integration is “not sexy, not that new, not that innovative,” but has “proven to be valuable”.
“I’m not saying that Amadeus doesn’t advocate exploring mobility and using mobility, of course it does. We’re investing in that as well. But what is interesting to me is I think you can get carried away,” he said.
“Every time we install end to end integrated solutions for travel and procurement, the company saves money and processes are enhanced, and generally the company gets a lot of value.”