KDS Maverick offers travel managers opportunities to rethink their managed travel program
London, Paris (PRWEB UK) 1 November 2012
Leading European travel and expense management provider KDS have announced that its Managed Travel 2.0 solution KDS Maverick is now enabling corporations to obtain detailed insight and trend analysis into buying behaviour. With the latest version of KDS Maverick clients now have access to a view of rogue behaviour and leakage which was previously unknown, in order to understand the reason driving trends within maverick buying behaviour.
KDS Maverick enables the business to warn, educate and redirect would-be rogue travellers at the exact point they were about to go ‘maverick’. For those employees intent on purchasing outside of the approved channels, newly added reason codes can be selected, providing travel managers with insight as to why the employee has decided to procure outside the defined system.
“KDS Maverick offers travel managers opportunities to rethink their managed travel programme,” said Oliver Quayle, KDS VP Product Strategy. “Our solution can be tailored to be as flexible and open as the corporate policies are. KDS Maverick can be used to guide bookers back to corporate channels or, for those with a low mandated culture, it can track buying patterns and automate expense management.”
Said Quayle, “KDS Maverick is known for making previously invisible leakage in travel procurement visible. Maverick’s new functionality goes a step beyond this, providing travel managers with the reasons why rogue behaviour is occurring. By closing this feedback loop travel managers can make informed decisions as to whether their programme is really working for their travellers”
The KDS Maverick feature update is ideal for travel managers who want to better understand buying behaviour to have greater influence on travel programmes and supplier strategy. For procurement executives the insight provided can help pinpoint holes in their processes, policies or negotiated suppliers and influence policy and the channels through which future spend occurs.
For those companies that fully embrace an ‘open booking’ policy, KDS Maverick can be used to direct individuals to preferred corporate websites and to populate corporate tokens so that all spend is counted towards negotiated supplier commitments.
“We are putting users at the heart of what we do whilst maintaining a focus on the powerful management information for which KDS is known,” continued Quayle. “Technology must mirror and support the trend for a more open, collaborative approach to business travel whilst losing none of the clarity of MI that management need, our update to Maverick does just that.”
KDS Maverick’s new; multi lingual reasoning capability is available now.
KDS (http://www.kds.com) is a leading international provider of Travel & Expense (T&E) management systems for private and public sector organizations. The KDS unified Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based technology addresses the full range of T&E requirements, from travel policy definition and enforcement, and the online self-booking of travel, through to automated travel expense processing and invoice reconciliation. With each stage handled seamlessly by the KDS fully-integrated technology, clients achieve significant efficiencies and cost-savings. KDS offers the most extensive back-end connectivity to financial service and travel providers (airline, car, rail and hotel) in the industry, ensuring optimized pricing and up-to-the-minute inventory control.