Anyone doubting the complexities of corporate travel should know that it took two years for Uber and Concur to get to this stage.
Concur's ongoing advertising campaign show how eager the company is to get its products in front of potential customers.
Deem will try to become more relevant by reducing its product offerings and adopting a more focused approach to developing travel solutions. But in an extremely crowded marketplace, it may be a case of too little, too late.
The amount of data available to travel managers is growing. They just need to know how best to use those numbers to help them make the best choices for their travelers and companies.
Uber's integration into the habits of business travelers continues to move forward.
Concur's travel and expense offerings are a high-profile element of SAP's portfolio rather than blending into oblivion. SAP has not shut down Concur's Perfect Trip Fund and continues to invest in travel startups.
The rise of the sharing economy is a trend in business travel that won't get put easily back in the bottle, although it isn't for everyone. On the other hand, it is possible that Lufthansa's battle with the business travel community could get recorked and disposed with.
The change is coming as corporations adapt to the sharing economy and the wants of their business travelers. Airbnb's billing system and dashboard is a modest toe dip into business travel and undoubtedly there will be more rigorous solutions in the future.
The convergence of mobile payments and wearable technology could well rewrite the way brands think about shaping travel experiences. And in business travel, the use case for alpha travelers is even more directly relevant.
A smart move by LoungeBuddy to partner with a platform business travelers already use, and to create a system that's easy for staff to use so congestion can be prevented.