Corporations failing to leverage advantages of business intelligence

Corporations failing to leverage advantages of business intelligence

White paper offers straightforward guide to getting the most out of travel data

UTRECHT, Netherlands,  June 16, 2014 – Only a fraction of corporate travel programs today fully leverage the powerful  technology that’s increasingly available  for controlling costs and keeping travelers safe. A new guide published by BCD Travel provides fundamental information needed to understand and harness business intelligence in corporate travel. Business Intelligence in Travel supports better decision-making, leading to a positive impact on corporate goals.

“The intersection of super-computing, open-source data platforms and unprecedented levels of data capture provide enormous and affordable opportunities to the people charged with getting more out of corporate travel programs,” said Claudia Unger, director of research and intelligence at BCD Travel. “Yet only a fraction of companies have begun to tap the full potential of BI to improve travel programs.”

Business Intelligence in Travel seeks to remove the mystery surrounding BI’s use. The paper provides specific examples for effective reporting, analyzing, monitoring and predicting business travel. The straightforward guide defines business intelligence, outlines challenges to its implementation and maps out the steps needed for companies to quickly begin getting the most out of their data — starting with information already in hand. The paper examines such related topics as predictive and prescriptive analytics, data standards, real-time data, multi-source data consolidation, geo-coded location data and unstructured data.

“We live in an age of specialization that encourages people to outsource tasks that fall outside their scope of knowledge and skill,” said Torsten Kriedt, BCD Travel vice president of corporate intelligence and product planning. “That can discourage companies from moving ahead with innovations their workforce has yet to master. Business Intelligence in Travel demystifies the process, so BI seems like an easily accessible and achievable tool for improving travel program performance. ”

About BCD Travel

BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. We give travelers innovative tools that keep them safe and productive, and help them make good choices on the road. We partner with travel and procurement leaders to simplify the complexities of business travel, drive savings and satisfaction, and move whole companies toward their goals. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 14,900 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate, with 2019 sales of US$27.5 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

About BCD Group

BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management and its subsidiary BCD Meetings & Events, global meetings and events agency), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 15,900 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$30 billion in 2019, including US$10.9 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.