Later this year, Sabre Travel Network plans to launch an Enterprise 2.0 Community Platform that will allow employees locally and globally to share their knowledge base about travel and other topics of shared interest. Called cubeless, the platform is designed for the corporate traveler and will be available through American Express Business Travel when it launches in mid-2008. The design for cubeless comes from an intranet Sabre Travel Studios created for in-house use last year and will be compatible with the GetThere online corporate booking system, allowing GetThere users to automatically populate and share trip information from their cubeless profile.
“Cubeless allows you to connect and benefit from the collective experience and expertise of your fellow travelers or colleagues,” says Tom Klein, executive vice president for Sabre Holdings, and group president of the Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions businesses. “[It] facilitates this collaboration so the road warrior business traveler can quickly, easily, and even automatically, get advice from people within their company that do what they do, have the same travel policies, and have been in the same locations, providing their best resource for getting input about their trip. It can be anything from finding out about services to help support their business trip in a location others have been to, to what nearby restaurants are opened all night for a quick bite to verifying that a hotel they want to stay in has dependable, fast wireless Internet access and a gym that is open early in the morning.”