Following the launch of our revolutionary KDS Neo Travel & Expense door-to-door platform, we have been working hard to bring even more benefits to our clients. Smart technology needs smart connections, so we have teamed up with Xerox, a leading provider of finance, accounting and procurement processes.
People keep asking me about open policy, travel 2.0 and when 'no policy' will become the 'new policy'. I like the question, but I don’t have the answer. Here is what will happen in the near future in my view.
On January 31st 2013, professionals from across the globe packed the KDS Now 2013 conference.
KDS Neo, the revolutionary T&E application, is available now
Since launching Neo at KDS Now! the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
There have been hundreds of inquiries (456 and counting!) so we thought it best to answer some of the Frequently Asked Questions in a blog post – so here goes:
With Neo we use smart technology to make choices for travellers that make sense. But where else can technology make smart choices for travellers and how far could it go?
For vendors no advertisement is better than a client’s endorsement.
When we launched KDS Neo during the KDS Now! 2013 conference on January 31st, the entire industry welcomed the innovation and revolutionary approach of this door-to-door travel & expense solution.
We do not have the pressures of the stock market, or a billion dollar corporation behind us whose focus is on revenue and margins only. We do not have ivory towers where we devise strategy in a vacuum and we do not belong to, or have any affiliation with a GDS, bank, credit card, hotel chain or TMC. We work with many, but are married to none.
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
Let me start by saying that we have a great deal to thank our partners, the TMCs and GDSs, for. They have shaped this industry through innovation and service. The story of airline reservation systems stretches back to the 1940s and includes ground-breaking advances in distributed computer access. My issue, my concern, is the slow pace at which these companies are currently evolving. The supply chain they created, based on complex commissions and a semi monopoly on fare availability, is no longer a suitable foundation for our industry. It’s a problem which affects us all.
I observed the recent Samsung vs Apple court case with all of my heart and soul, checking the daily updates and blogs with religious discipline. The point in question? Did Samsung steal Apple’s usability IP? In particular, the glorious touchscreen/swipe user interface that the world has fallen in love with.
Well, it’s been a long hot summer and what better way to top it all than with a great new version of KDS. Version 12.4 arrived just at the end of August and brought a bunch of new improvements across our travel, expense and reporting lines.