Expense Management Demands More Mobile Options
Tech-savvy business travelers are operating more frequently from their phones and other mobile devices, so it’s not surprising that with all the increased activity has come more demand for phone-accessible travel and expense management software. Executive Travel Magazine recently reported the results of a survey in which multitudes of business travelers claimed that even something as simple as having flight data pushed to their phones would greatly simplify what can be a frustrating hunt-and-peck search via airline web sites.
The article goes on to clarify the results by stating, More than 94 percent of those surveyed said they want flight status updates pushed to their phones, while 63 percent said they would like to get updates on seat upgrade availability. More than 70 percent would like an automatic notice on their devices when their flight is called for boarding In short, time-strapped business travelers are requesting tools to increase their quality of life while on the road; rather than being forced to hunt for the information they need, they’re asking that the information be sent to them.
At the moment, mobile services from airlines don’t seem to be keeping up with demand for detailed flight and boarding information, but technology has made a significant amount of progress. Access to mobile expense management and travel booking software has expanded rapidly over the past few years, so results like those reported in this survey will undoubtedly lead to a responsive solution in the near future. Beyond expense management and travel services, revolutionary platforms such as Apptricity’s Jetstream® offer multiple options in terms of mobile access to real-time business information.
Responsiveness to mobile business needs is improving, but feedback from business travelers is showing that, at least for airlines, there’s a need to step up and meet the demands of the exceptionally mobile.
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