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Mobility broadens channels for travel operators and agencies

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‘Travel companion’ apps increase opportunity for impulse buys and experience management

As the travel industry builds up to INDABA on May 11 to 14, tourism-dependent Africa should give mobile apps their serious consideration, as apps can help them capitalise on commercial opportunities more swiftly and build more lasting relationships.

Mobile is an exciting new direction being embraced in many sectors, overseas as well as locally, says Wesley Lynch, CEO of Realmdigital, the leading Cape-based software development company for Web, mobile and social platforms.

Time is now

“But travel has been slow in adopting mobile, considering the pioneering role the industry played in online commerce,” he says. “So far, the travel apps that have made an impact include mobile check-in, trip advisories and various other content-driven services.”

Lynch says the time is ripe to extend mobile services into the retail environment. “There have been some successes that will pave the way for others to follow,” he says.

For instance, Sure Travel, the SA retail travel group with 107 agency outlets, launched their mobile app a couple of months ago which has seen positive results already. A number of booking enquiries have been made via their app, showing that the market is ready for the adoption of mobile.

Further potential

Lynch explains: “Travel agencies and operators can have significant benefits from utilising mobile that are not necessarily commercial in nature”. For example, corporate travel buyers can use travel apps to access the company repository of travel-related information, from travel arrangements to booking references and travel insurance.”

Mobile is also a convenient medium for travellers, should the need for information arise, he adds. “We’ve even seen apps like that being used to report on the location of staff, should a travel emergency leave loved ones and colleagues incommunicado. Obviously, privacy issues would have to be dealt with in consultation with the traveller.”

Lynch adds that mobile is a very natural way in which to engage customers and an opportunity to spur impulse purchases.

“While travellers are unlikely to research their next holiday on their mobile phone, ‘post-booking’ services such as booking a car rental, renting a mobile phone or buying travel insurance is better suited to mobile devices.”

Get excited

Travel companies need to start getting excited about the new class of so-called ‘travel companion’ apps, Lynch concludes.

“There are major up-sell opportunities within their grasp. And where an app doesn’t lend itself to monetisation, it can nevertheless be essential for maintaining the relationship with the traveller. Sure Travel’s enquiries, for instance, increased as a result of offering a mobile app, which leads to more opportunities.”

It is easy to see the benefits for anyone in the industry, or for the country as a whole.

Prepare your network for Hyperconvergence with WAN optimisation

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By Christo Briedenhann, Country Manager of Riverbed Technology, Africa

Convergence started in the late 1990s when Internet Protocol (IP) became the de facto standard for communication. Today, convergence means streamlined voice, video, and storage delivery via an enterprise network. Hyperconvergence is the predicted future state of an enterprise network that follows the adoption of modern computing initiatives including consolidation, cloud computing, mobility (including BYOD), and unified communications. The hyperconverged network not only presents new opportunities for end users and IT, but also creates new challenges for network and application performance and management.

One of the major challenges of hyperconvergence is the ability for a network to scale to meet the surge of end users, devices, and overall network traffic. In a research note titled “Plan Now For the Hyperconverged Enterprise Network” authored by Bjarne Munch, David A. Willis and published in May 2012, Gartner predicts that by 2014, up to 80% of end-user traffic will move to the wide area network (WAN). WAN optimisation with quality of service (QoS) is increasingly becoming a must-have technology to allow networks to thrive in a hyperconverged world, delivering the speed end users expect and the scale and control network professionals require.

Choosing the right technology investments
When faced with bandwidth limitations, many organisations re-cable or upgrade bandwidth as a first plan of action. However, bandwidth upgrades can be costly, time-consuming, and do not easily scale or ensure the necessary performance for business critical traffic. As a result, more organisations are choosing to deploy WAN optimisation solutions that not only provide a scalable framework that can easily integrate with an enterprise’s existing infrastructure, but also ensure a consistent end-user experience. As a result, employees are more productive and collaborative with efficient access to critical business applications.

Choosing the right WAN optimisation solution can be challenging, especially due to data growth and more end users distributed over greater distances. There is no one-size-fits-all option. And a good investment decision is one that meets an organisation’s needs today and tomorrow. Key considerations for choosing the right WAN optimisation technology include form factor, scalability, integration, support, and value to name a few. Below is each in detail:

Form factors
With hybrid IT environments, organisations may need a wider range of WAN optimisation form factors. It is not uncommon today for organisations to be using a combination of physical data centers, public cloud services, and a virtualised private cloud while having to support remote and mobile workers. Such organisations require a comprehensive WAN optimisation solution comprised of physical appliances, cloud editions, virtual editions, and mobile editions. Regardless of selected form factor(s), a good solution will easily deliver performance benefits on a holistic level.

Scalability
WAN optimisation solutions should also be able to scale in response to business growth, including adding more offices and employees or increasing capacity in a private or public cloud. As reliance on the WAN continues and IT environments become more complex, such scalability is critical to meet an organisation’s changing needs.

Multi-tiered optimisation
Multi-tiered optimisation that spans deduplication, application optimisation, transport optimisation, and traffic prioritisation is the only way to truly maximise performance gains:

  • Deduplication removes redundancies from data transmissions
  • Application specific optimisations overcome the chattiness of certain application protocols such as CIFS (Common Internet File System) or MAPI (Messaging Application Program Interface)
  • Transport optimisation technology should optimise traffic across multiple transport protocols, including both TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) and UDP (User Datagram Protocol)
  • Quality of Service (QoS) prioritisation ensures fair access for mission-critical applications during periods of congestion

Strategic partners
An often-overlooked consideration are the strategic technology partnerships established by WAN optimisation vendors. Choosing a vendor with strategic relationships such as cloud providers, application or storage vendors can offer the tightest integration for higher levels of performance but also provide the best levels of support to help enterprises deploy, manage, and maximise their investment.

Business value and ROI
According to IDC, organisations can achieve ROI in as little seven months by choosing WAN optimisation solutions over major bandwidth upgrades. Even more compelling, is that deploying WAN optimisation can result in up to 100 times faster access to critical applications, such as Microsoft SharePoint. That kind of performance improvement results in superlative value for organisations as employees are more productive, collaborative, and efficient, and customers are taken care of in a timely manner. Such as the case with a major retailer who recently realised productivity gains from a WAN optimisation deployment that translated to $35 million in increased revenue and a 68-day payback period on their investment.

As hyperconvergence comes to the modern enterprise, WAN optimisation is becoming essential to managing the corresponding explosion in end users, data, and devices. A well planned, strategic WAN optimisation solution deployment will allow organisations to extend optimisation to every user, application, and location in the world, all while paying for itself in seven months or less.

 

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