Travel Management tool App development ‘Know & Go’

Technology is helping take the stress out of business travel for Mondelez International employees. Giving your business travellers the tools they deserve is a priority for any organisation — better-informed travellers are more productive and safer. Plus the extra benefit of helping to keep travel expenditure under control — especially as travel is one of the most significant controllable expenses for many businesses.

In this map driven app ‘Know & Go’ — developed by us in collaboration with Mondelez Global Travel Team — you can find information on preferred hotel and ground transport vendors, find the useful local facility and office information. Search for restaurants, shops and airports. All accessible from a mobile phone while travelling or a laptop in the office. This travel tool makes budgeting and planning trips much more informative for the traveller. Up-to-date information is key to making smooth trips. Tapping into Google Maps content makes sure the data is relevant and timely.

Easy to update through user dashboards

Internal data, such as office and production facilities locations, are managed through admin dashboards. Preferred hotels, useful visitor information, currency and country data can be updated by administrators securely through an (SSO) Single-Sign-On, no passwords required when you’re logged in to their intranet. The Content Management System (CMS) makes updating instant and straightforward.

Complexities of organising business travel information

Mondelez operates in 70 countries across the globe, with nearly 300 locations and over 80,000 employees. All able to access the tool through their intranet. The complexities of organising travel information in an easy to use interface were critical to the project’s success. The user interface (UI) we developed follows the norms of mobile-first design principles. Feedback from users — gathered within the app — has been very positive. App usage has increased 100% over the last twelve months since launch.

Evolving technologies driving new business needs

We designed the original software as a location map website for Kraft offices. Primarily as a database of their European locations, contact details and brand information for their corporate events team in 2005. Pre-Smartphones!

In subsequent years this has been adapted to include hotel and travel information for their employees, or when planning and budgeting business travel. We incorporated information on trip safety guidance for unstable countries and regions.

Mobile-friendliness became a priority for travellers as smartphones became the norm! Hence the reworking of the front-end application interface.

We deliver projects on time and budget!

Rewriting the application for responsive mobile-first smartphone browsing was a considerable task. However, we were able to use our existing database structure and desktop website admin interface, keeping costs down – and more importantly, delivering the project on time and budget!

User-friendliness is a must for any app

User-friendly, data-driven technology solutions are crucial to ensuring every Mondelez business traveller has excellent experience planning, travelling — and more importantly, a safe return home.

We hope ‘Know & Go’ will help them deliver those great travel experiences in the future.

TurnRound have lots of expertise in developing mapping applications in the travel sector. Please do get in touch.

Data visualisation using Google’s charts and maps

Are we in the brave new world of Big Data? It certainly feels that way – everywhere you look there’s data and databases pulling, sorting and searching information for us. Every time you enter a search on the web, upload a photo to Facebook, shop at your favourite e-tailer or look for holiday accommodation Google maps, there will be a database making information more accessible.

Developing data driven websites requires a wide range of skills, from database developers, coders, usability specialists and designers. Get it right – and you’ll have happy customers – get wrong – they go elsewhere!

Google Charts developers Gloucestershire

At TurnRound we’ve been working with data big and small – integrating this into great user experiences. From high traffic consumer websites, to more modest applications. For example: Sust-it sorts tens of thousands of consumer products from fridges to cars, and then ranks these by their running cost and energy consumption. Behind the scenes there are complex algorithms, databases and code all displaying the information in easy to understand WebPages. Google charts help Sust-it display data in informative ways that update automatically when the data sets change. Another example is CottageWorld which uses Google maps to plot thousands of holiday locations from data provided from third party API / XML data feeds, which are pulled together and matched with postcodes all helping the site users to discover the perfect holiday location.

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Like to know more about how data could work on your website?  Please give us a call (01242) 224360 and we can show you the best way to present data on your website that makes accessing information easy for your clients and customers.

Cheltenham small business benefits from the flexibility of a WordPress website

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Starting your own business can be a daunting process without worrying about how to build your website, even though it’s your shop window to the world! And like most things in life there’s always someone, with best intentions, offering advice “I know someone who builds websites for fun”… “My son’s a whizz on computers and could knock you one up in no time!” My advice to anyone is talk to a professional first before you waste time going down hobbyist route. There’s a world of difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut!! But why bother?

Marketing, branding and good website development is a complex process and requires lots of expertise and experience – you’re starting to worry now – this sounds expensive! It needn’t be – a good website can be constructed and branded in WordPress for a modest fee, and once completed you’ll have a search engine friendly website that’s under your control!

Are you starting a business or need an existing website sorting out? Please give us a call!