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Big game, big business – the 2016 NBA all-star extravaganza

Toronto carries its sports business momentum into 2016 as it hosts the NBA All-Star game – the first ever held outside of the U.S. While it’s definitely a huge game, with a roster of marquee players both East and West, it’s also big business, and is shaping up to be a hot, and very high dollar ticket. Big game, big money In fact, the game…   Continue Reading »

Justin Trudeau’s first 100 days

Justin Trudeau marks his first 100 days as Canada’s Prime Minister on February 12th. While there were lots of business issues in the last election, the continuing oil slump and weak Canadian dollar have moved the flagging economy to Job 1.   It was a tough election in Canada There were, after all, three equally strong contenders. But in the months since, things have gotten…   Continue Reading »

Tolerance, prosperity, Canada

As the Canadian government wrestles with the challenge of bringing in as many as 25 thousand Syrian refugees, recent rankings name Canada the world’s most tolerant society, and suggest its openness to immigrants and ethnic minorities may be very good for business.   Number one The 2015 Global Legatum Prosperity Index puts Canada at the very top of its tolerance list. Legatum describes itself as “a London-based…   Continue Reading »

Handling direct booking: integrating T&E

As we said in last week’s post, we believe direct booking is a problem that’s only going to grow—and to address it, the next generation of integrated travel and expense needs to do more.   It is not a simple fix. It’s not enough to simply connect an online booking tool to an expense solution. The future requires a fully integrated travel and expense (T&E)…   Continue Reading »

The evolution of IT in the era of cloud computing

We sat down with Concur Chief Technology Officer Mark Nelson to talk about the impact of cloud computing on the role of CIOs and IT departments. In his role, Mark is responsible for running all IT for Concur, including the company’s cloud services offerings for customers and internal IT operations for the company. Prior to joining Concur, Mark was responsible for Oracle’s cloud infrastructure, including…   Continue Reading »

Thinking of moving to the cloud? Tips for starting securely

If you haven’t moved to the cloud yet, chances are you’re considering it—according to Gartner research, moving to the cloud is a top priority for 32 percent of CIOs around the world[1]. Of course it is: we’re all under pressure to save costs and use resources more strategically, and what’s more strategic than having a system that never needs costly hardware updates? Or one that…   Continue Reading »

Federal employees speak out on duty of care – where does your agency stand?

One major pillar of any comprehensive travel policy includes a duty of care or risk management program. Travel policies must address and discuss companies’ ethical and legal responsibilities to provide safety and security to all of their employees—whether they are on the road or not. In addition to 19.79% of flights being delayed in 2015 , there are other considerations that must be made to…   Continue Reading »

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