Software as an Experience
August 27, 2015
Around the year 2000, the technology industry began delivering software products by the Application Service Provider model (ASP). This was a brave advancement over the traditional on-premises approach. By 2010, the model had matured into what we now call Software as a Service (SaaS). The old on-premises model is still out there, but software firms of all sizes are busy making the shift to SaaS. All of this makes me want to ask the simple question: is SaaS the final resting place for software delivery, or is it merely a stepping stone on the path to something even better?
Like many Americans, I spent a week this summer sitting on the beach. For this beach getaway, I rented a lovely beach house in a great location suitable for the types of activities my family enjoys. During that week, my mind went through a familiar exercise, comparing the weekly cost of the rental with the cost of buying a beach house and renting it out when we weren’t using it. This is a common exercise; so common ...
August 25, 2015
Direct booking: outlier or emerging trend?
For decades airline and hotel brands have benefited from the broad distribution and customer accessibility afforded by travel management companies, corporate agents and online booking websites. But now a handful of major industry players seemingly want change how consumers and business travelers pur...
August 20, 2015
Certify partners with Amadeus to offer integrated expense management tools for travel customers
At Certify, we want the world to experience just how easy expense management can be. So, when we had an opportunity to partner with Amadeus, a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry, we jumped at the chance to bring our powerfully simple expense management t...
August 18, 2015
Key T&E trends continue to play out in latest IMA webinar
Nearly 1,000 members of the Institute for Managing Accountants logged in last week to watch the latest IMA Inside Talk webinar sponsored by Certify. Presented by Bob Neveu, Certify’s president, the webinar focused on new strategies to control T&E spending and improve compliance with corporate policy...
August 11, 2015
T&E Policy: 10 Best Practices to Eradicate Inefficiencies that Impact the Bottom Line
The effective management of T&E spending requires the proper alignment of people, process and technology. In previous blogs I have shared the breadth and depth of the technology now available to help companies control T&E expenses, The New Frontier of T&E Expense Management: 7 Tech Features to Tame ...
August 4, 2015
#Sharing highlights from GBTA Convention 2015 in Orlando (Part II)
At this year’s GBTA Convention, we truly enjoyed networking and building relationships with some of the world’s most influential travel management companies and vendors. Along with Robbie the Robot, our team of Certify-ers joined sessions and keynotes, browsed the expo hall and attended some fantast...
July 30, 2015
#Sharing Highlights from GBTA Convention 2015 in Orlando (Part I)
We had a great time at this year’s GBTA Convention networking and building relationships with some of the world’s most influential travel management companies and vendors. Along with Robbie the Robot, our team of Certify-ers went to sessions and keynotes, browsed the expo hall and attended some fant...
July 28, 2015
What’s behind GBTA’s predicted rise in global business travel spending?
Released today with the start of GBTA Convention 2015, the GBTA BTI™ Outlook Annual Global Report & Forecast suggests business travel spending around the world is poised to take off. In fact, global business travel spending will reach a record $1.25 trillion in 2015 alone. While the Certify team is ...
July 23, 2015
Certify takes a leading role in business travel trends
A week after the release of its SpendSmart Q2 2015 Report, Certify continues to receive international media coverage for its insight into the latest business traveler trends. The biggest story to hit the headlines is related to ground transportation. Analysis of Certify expense data showed that for ...
July 21, 2015
Certify to join GBTA Convention 2015 at booth #400
Starting Monday, July 27, Certify will be in Orlando, Florida, as an exhibitor at the Global Business Travel Association’s 2015 convention. With more than 7000 attendees and over 400 companies and suppliers on the tradeshow floor, GBTA 2015 is the premier business travel industry event of the year. ...
July 16, 2015
Why do users love Uber?
Sometimes life presents the most interesting contradictions. Consider just one recent example of the meteoric rise of ridesharing leader, Uber. On one hand you have taxi companies, special interest groups and governments around the world seemingly doing everything they can to take Uber down. Yet, at...