More recent stories from Ralph Colunga
Business Travel
Every travel cloud has a silver lining!
Business is becoming more personal and personal is becoming more business. Let’s face it, today’s business travelers have a lot to juggle as we seem to be more connected to the office than ever before, no matter where you are in the world! And...

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Business Travel
Smart hotel accommodations, smart travelers
If you’re an avid business traveler, you know what you’re doing. Mastering travel routines from departure to arrival, you can pack, prepare, and troubleshoot like a pro. With tech friendly devices in reach, you’re also better ensured to have a...

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Innovation
How Digital Transformation is Impacting Travel Managers
As innovation and technology continue to disrupt nearly every aspect of an organization, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and SAP Concur have partnered to explore the impact this is having on corporate travel management. Our recent...

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Travel & Expense Trends
How Travel Managers Can Adapt to Global Growth
For as long as I’ve been in the travel industry, corporate travel managers have been focused on a set of long-established best practices designed to command and control the ways employees purchase travel, often putting employee needs and wants...

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Business Travel
Why Travel Managers are Business Superheroes
Managing corporate travel is never easy. It requires attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, across all continents. It is also one of the least understood, most underappreciated, and often undervalued roles in a company. Yet,...

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Business Travel
How Travel Managers Embrace Change With Agility
When we left our heroes, we learned that travel managers are really superheroes and possess the power of trip-o-vision. We catch up with the tale as they encounter the forces of change and activate the power of hyper agility. If we follow the...

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Travel & Expense Trends
How Travel Managers Harness Bionic Business Intelligence
In our previous two blogs, we learned that travel managers are super heroes and can embrace change with the power of agility. Now, we will turn our attention to how they can use the power of business intelligence to keep up with the rapid pace of...

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Business Travel
How Companies Can Prepare for the Future of Business Travel
We are in the midst of one of the greatest paradigm shifts the modern world has witnessed. And, for those of us in the travel and hospitality industries, what we are experiencing is especially unprecedented. While some have tried to draw...

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Travel & Expense Trends
How COVID-19 Will Affect Business Travel In the Near Future
It goes without saying that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been absolutely devastating globally, affecting all aspects of our lives. There can be no doubt that one of those areas is our mental wellbeing, due in large part to prolonged...

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Travel & Expense Trends
"New Normal" Considerations: Remote Workers, PPE, and Potential Tax Implications
As we begin Q4, one has to wonder how much longer the COVID-19 pandemic will continue. I shared the hope that, by now, a vaccine would have been deployed and we could all have a new sense of normal—whatever that may look like!  Alas, we will have...

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Innovation
The Power of Collaboration: The Power of The SAP Concur Partner Ecosystem
It’s a whole new world when it comes to how your company manages finance, travel, and expense programs. Success in the remote work age and beyond will be less a matter of individual effort than of collaboration among a constellation of specialized...

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Travel & Expense Trends
4 Insights on Taxes and the Post-Pandemic Remote Workplace
While 2020 may go down in history as “The Year of Resilience,” 2021 may come to be known as “The Year of Adjustment” as individuals, companies, and governments adapt to the new realities of a world where a COVID-19 vaccine is (keep your fingers...

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Who We Are
The New Duty of Care
The next evolution of employee safety The COVID-19 pandemic with its lockdowns, travel restrictions, and the additional risk of any interactions has inspired companies and travel managers to take a fresh look at their Total Risk Management (TRM)...

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Travel & Expense Trends
The Future Travel Community: Strength in Numbers
As if it wasn’t enough already, responsible return to travel has been revealing a new twist that travel managers and companies will have to contend with. Its strength is in its numbers, and it's not going away, nor does not seem to be backing...

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Invoicing & Spend Management
Stopping Fraud From the Inside Out: A Conversation
In every crisis, there are people who can take advantage of the situation. While we want to assume positive intent, we must acknowledge that we are working, often, in wholly new environments. The pandemic has created new challenges in compliance,...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Supplier-Direct Bookings in Our Post COVID World
One of the most controversial topics for travel managers over the years has been supplier-direct bookings (SDBs). Also referred to as open booking, invisible spend, out of system, non-compliant, etc. Certainly, pre-pandemic, the number of SDBs was...

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