5 Mobile Technology Trends to Benefit Business Travelers

This post was guest-written for Visage and originated on the Visage Mobile blog. It has been re-posted with permission from Visage for use on the Concur blog.


If mobile technology trends are swaying in any direction, it’s in favor of road warriors. Being more connected through one or more powerful devices has helped chop what residual tether employees had to their desks once upon a time.

Road warriors are excited about their phone becoming their wallet – as are finance managers. Just think of the time (and paper) saved! I feel strongly that advances in business travel go hand-in-hand with mobile technology trends. Here are a few other things – the real and slightly outlandish – that I see making noise in the year ahead:


#1: Bigger phones, smaller tablets


The iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen. The Galaxy Note II has a 5.5-inch screen. In fact, of all the Android devices sold in the last three months, nearly one-third had a screen size over 4.5 inches. Meanwhile, among tablets it’s a race to get smaller – the Amazon Kindle Fire, Google Nexus 7 and Apple iPad Mini each clock in at 7 inches or so, a sweet spot of sorts in that burgeoning market.


#2: Holographic teleconferencing


Whether or not this will ever catch on is a different question, but after seeing Tupac’s hologram perform at Coachella last year, I keep waiting for the day when I can receive a holographic voicemail from Princess Leia. I think it might happen in 2013.


#3: Mobile web overtakes desktop


I think that 2013 is the year where more web traffic comes from phones than desks – a very big deal.

#4: Mobile wallet technology

I think in 2013 we’ll start to see more and more mobile commerce. Put simply, it’s the ability to use your phone as a credit card. Google Wallet, Square and the Starbucks app that I personally use everyday will start to integrate themselves into every day life. There are a lot of dogs in this fight – credit companies, banks, carriers, and third parties. I think it will be a while before the dust settles around this innovation.


#5: Bring Your Own Deviceand app


When laptops first hit the scene, the price tag attached to them saved IT and finance a bunch of headaches because deploying them enterprise-wide wasn’t an economically viable option. The same can’t be said for the post-iOS smartphone, which stormed in and gave road warriors reason to reconsider how they would be productive.

Now employees can book travel, take notes (replete with metadata), have video conferences, edit video, log sales activity, and get directions from the bar back to their hotel all with the same 5” piece of metal and glass. If we’ve learned one thing from BYOD, it’s that companies should focus on productivity.


Where technology is missing the mark


So what’s missing from this list of innovations? Data speed and safety. Unfortunately, the U.S. lags in wireless speed compared the most of the developed world. And we see more cool stuff that demands our attention on our phones, which can be dangerous and fatal while driving. I encounter so many companies that don’t issue policies about accepting work calls while driving – there needs to be dramatic improvements in functionality that keep users safe while driving and talking.


What mobile technology trends do you see coming for 2013 and beyond? Share in the comments below!

About the author: Bzur Haun is President and CEO of Visage, a Concur Connect Gold Partner. He’s a big fan of enterprise mobility and often wears a snappy bow tie. 



See other mobile technology trends and how Concur is responding to them: 4 Mobile Trends That Are Revolutionizing the Concur Mobile App



Featured image courtesy of: jon crel


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