Category Archives: Data

Baking and Data Reporting

What the heck does baking have to do with travel data reporting, you ask? It makes for an interesting metaphor.  I used this concept in the speech I gave at the ACTE Canada conference this week in Toronto.  I’ll admit … Continue reading

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Deciding How to Decide

This post continues the thread “Why Travel Disses Procurement…And What To Do About It“. In that post I explained why procurement has a bad reputation among many (not all!) travel managers, and two steps that will help travel managers overcome … Continue reading

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Meetings Analytics – A Much-needed Service

If your firm spends much on meetings and events, you should check out Meetings Analytics.  This young firm does the hard and messy work of gathering, scrubbing and analyzing corporate meeting data, and then analyzes it to identify practical savings … Continue reading

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Travel Data 101 (part 4): Travel Analytics

Today we’ll look at data reporting’s sexy cousin, analytics.  Well, “sexy” may be a stretch, but my point is that data reporting is not very interesting, while good analytics can make you say “Wow – look at that!” Travel category … Continue reading

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Travel Data 101 (part 3): Data Reporting

(I originally posted this article on Supply Excellence) Good data is one of the two must-haves in any successful travel sourcing project.  (The other is effective people, but that’s another story). The question here is how do you go from … Continue reading

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Travel Data 101 (part 2): Data Scrubbing

(I originally posted this article on SupplyExcellence as part of a series on using data in travel procurement) Let’s assume that you’ve collected all your travel data – now what?  Just like with your other categories, you now have to … Continue reading

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Travel Data 101 (part 1): Best Sources of Travel Data

(I originally posted this article on SupplyExcellence as part of a series on using data in travel procurement) Sourcing the travel category is the same as most other procurement categories – you need to start with good spend data.  The … Continue reading

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Leveraging Travel Data: 3 Examples

The good folks at ITM hosted the education session “Sweating The Numbers”, in which three of us gave examples of how to leverage travel data.  The slides I presented are here.  They show how to progress from ordinary hotel data … Continue reading

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Clusters and Hotel Sourcing Innovation

As promised, here’s more on the story of hotel clusters and why it’s so relevant to your hotel sourcing efforts.  The link above takes you to the must-read Procurement.travel‘s online site, where you’ll get an in-depth look at what clusters … Continue reading

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Hotel Orphans and Clusters – Some New Lingo

Those bright boys and girls at TRX Travel Analytics (TTA) are breaking new ground in the hotel sourcing arena.  More on that topic after NBTA, for sure. Innovative ideas require new ways of describing things, right?   Here are some … Continue reading

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