Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE: TSG), the IT leader for travel and transportation, today announced a strategic alliance with eSoft(TM) Inc. (Nasdaq: ESFT), the company that provides a flexible and customizable product suite of Internet connectivity solutions for small- to medium-sized enterprise markets, to provide one of the first end-to-end corporate travel solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. The utilization of a corporate travel policy combined with lower transaction fees and negotiated rates can significantly reduce a company’s travel expenses.
As part of the agreement, Sabre BTS(SM), the leading corporate travel management system, will be integrated into eSoft’s redphish(TM) offerings and Internet-based connectivity solutions. The integrated offering leverages the extensive knowledge of Sabre in corporate travel and broadens the reach of the Sabre BTS system, resulting in a total travel management solution for small- to medium-sized businesses that encompasses best-of-breed technology.
The system will allow corporate travelers to create air, car and hotel reservations quickly and efficiently. By utilizing the new Sabre BTS ‘eAgency’ model that re-engineers the entire travel process, corporations with a high percentage of trips booked online will experience substantial savings.
“Sabre and eSoft have extended their product and service offerings by combining forces to deliver services to one of the hottest areas in business travel today—the small- to medium-sized businesses,” said Scott W. Smith, senior vice president and general manager for Sabre BTS. “Companies in this market are beginning to realize the need to better manage business travel expenditures. This new solution enables them to more closely track travel expenditures throughout the entire business cycle by automating purchasing processes via the Internet.”
The offering provides eSoft customers with a quick and easy way to plan, purchase and receive reimbursements for corporate travel. Sabre BTS will be available as a “snap-in” application for eSoft’s redphish partners, permitting them to offer corporate travel management as a business-to-business e-commerce solution. Through its redphish program, eSoft provides customized functionality and an individualized “look and feel” for leading hardware manufacturers and value-added distributors.
“Sabre BTS is an excellent addition to our suite of snap-in business-to-business applications,” said Brian Cohen, vice president of strategic relations for eSoft. “Armed with affordable high speed Internet access, smaller companies are looking for applications that meet their business requirements. eSoft will be implementing a steady stream of additional best-of-breed snap-in applications, helping our redphish partners to establish and maintain long-term relationships with their customers that generate predictable recurring revenue.”
Sabre BTS is the industry’s leading e-commerce corporate travel management and purchasing system, giving business travelers a quick and easy way to make their own travel arrangements at their desktops while complying with corporate policies. The award-winning Sabre BTS system enables businesses to track every travel dollar from pre-planning and purchasing to expense reporting and reimbursement—offering users the potential to save as much as 30 to 50 percent in total travel management costs. More than 400 corporations have selected Sabre BTS—more than any other corporate travel management system.