Well I hope it’s not too late to post this. As I have for the past few years, I contributed my thoughts to Tnooz’s annual predictions, alongside the other Nodes and editorial staff. I hope that this year I do a little better than last year — I’m not sure I can take any credit for predicting Kayak being purchased since I thought the buyer would be Apple rather than Priceline.
So onto my predictions for 2013:
1. Consumerization of IT accelerates the evolution of business travel apps
The consumerization of IT is a well-known trend, but for the longest time business travelers have had to live in the stone age or go outside of TMC tools to manage their travel plans on the go.
But with the acquisition of Worldmate by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and in light of Concur’s 2011 acquisition of TripIt, expect other TMCs to accelerate their plans to deliver mobile apps that their customers actually want to use.
2. Apple acquires Foursquare
The struggles of Apple Maps has been well chronicled, highlighting the challenge of building services over hardware for Apple, and contributed at least in part to the firing of Scott Forstall.
Apple needs both better POI data as well as more user data to enhance the accuracy of Maps and Foursquare provides both in spades with 25 million (very) active users and 5 million check-ins per day.
As a side benefit, Foursquare could also enhance Siri. While Foursquare would be a very expensive acquisition, what’s a billion or two to a company with over $120 billion in cash?
Please be sure to read the other great thoughts from the rest of the gang at Tnooz if you haven’t already.
Cheers and good luck to all in the New Year.