Last week I presented on a webinar alongside PhoCusWright analyst Bob Offut, entitled “Travel Innovation and Technology Trends: 2010 and Beyond”, sponsored by my company Ness Software Product Labs. I’m providing links to both the PDF of the slides and the replay of the webinar via WebEx below.
In the webinar, Bob talks about the Top 10 travel technology trends, based on PCW’s report that came out in March (subscription required). Then I pick up at the 45:00 mark (slide 81 in the PDF) to discuss the impact of Cloud Computing and Mobile on the travel industry. Some highlights from the presentation:
- Cloud Computing and Travel
- Watch out for Cloudwashers. There are a lot of people who are either trying to prey on those still confused about Cloud, some of which are purposefully obfuscating their solutions to cash in on the trend.
- Cloud can be an important part of a modernization strategy, but isn’t an end in and of itself. Evaluate the “Six degrees of Modernization” and think about how Cloud can fit within the direction you chose.
- The Public v. Private Cloud debate is interesting, but it’s not necessarily and either/or proposition. Private Clouds do lack certain attributes and benefit of Public Cl0uds, but think of the difference as an evolutionary process, not alternatives.
- Moving to the Cloud requires a change in perspective from mere software development to a systems engineering mindset.
- Mobile and Travel
- Mobile Devices are Becoming the Center of Traveler Interactions
- 5-step Framework to a successful mobile strategy. Understanding the use cases of your customer and the role that you want mobile to play in their overall experience with your brand is critical.
- Determining whether you want to take an mobile web-oriented approach or an app-oriented approach, and what platforms/devices your target customer is likely using make a big impact on the technology choices you make.
Anyway, enjoy the presentations. I had a good time and I hope you find the information interesting and useful. Please let me know what you think. Contact me directly or add to the conversation in the comments.