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American Express Global Business Travel Unveils Cloud-Based Strategy

Business Travel | American Express Travel | Patrick Clarke | May 04, 2015

American Express Global Business Travel Unveils Cloud-Based Strategy

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) announced the commencement of a new cloud-based strategy on Monday designed to propel performance and efficiency.

The decision was made after GBT was established as a standalone company. 

The plan involves upgrading GBT's legacy business solutions with more flexible cloud-based solutions across several business divisions including IT, Finance and Administration, among others, and will allow the company to implement tools designed specifically for the travel industry right away. 

As part of the new strategy, GBT will team up with multiple companies, including NetSuite, Coupa, Workday, Dell Boomi, and Jive. 

Together, the aforementioned companies will help GBT achieve greater visibility, become equipped with advanced applications, streamline management processes, support the rollout of technology, and communicate with customers across an array of platforms. 

"The decision to invest in our infrastructure using a cloud-based approach is closely tied to our commitment of providing our customers with the highest quality products and services," said GBT chief administrative officer Pat Bourke in a statement

"GBT is uniquely positioned to shed all legacy technology platforms in favor of today's market leading solutions. The partners we've selected represent the best of what cloud services offer — security, operational cost savings and agility," added Bourke. "For GBT, cloud computing is not simply an IT decision; it's fundamental to our business strategy to improve availability and service outcomes and grow the bottom line."

"We are excited to be working with such a forward-thinking company as American Express Global Business Travel, that recognizes the value and efficiency of cloud-based solutions," said Coupa CEO Rob Bernshteyn in a statement. "Coupa’s streamlined financial platform that brings together procurement, invoices and expenses will give GBT the visibility and spend management control they need to continue driving success."

GBT hopes to complete its transition to a cloud by the end of 2015.

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