4 September 2014
DataArt Extends Ground Transportation Distribution with a New Sabre Red App for SummitQwest
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 – NEW YORK - DataArt, a custom software development company that builds advanced solutions for select industries, has developed a Sabre Red App for SummitQwest, an industry leader in ground transportation management services, to support SummitQwest’s SummitLink® Ground Transportation Management Service.
SummitQwest commissioned DataArt, an Authorized Sabre Developer, to build the SummitLink® Red App, which allows travel agents to receive price quotes, book, and manage chauffeured ground transportation real-time from a global network of ground transportation providers.
DataArt designed the application architecture, developed the Red App, integrated it with the existing SummitLink® web solution and managed the application documentation and certification process. The app is free for travel agents and travel management companies using the Sabre travel marketplace to shop, book and manage travel.
“Right from our initial discovery call with the DataArt team, they helped answer crucial business questions and provided guidance in navigating the complexities of developing in an environment with which our own team was unfamiliar,” said Jeff LaFave, SummitQwest’s Chief Executive Officer. “ Their analyst quickly understood our business needs, the required application functionality, and seamlessly worked with us to quickly bring together a solid first version of the SummitLink® Sabre Red App."
Agents can fully integrate the SummitLink® Red App into the Sabre Red Workspace to expedite the process of booking chauffeured transportation, with significant cost savings to the client by restricting service to their preferred car companies with the best rates, and by using the SummitLink® Car Affiliate Network to access local providers and best pricing throughout the world. The App is launched from within the Sabre Red Workspace and incorporates passenger name record (PNR) information to prepopulate the car service reservation. The SummitLink® Red App can easily be incorporated into the booking workflow, making the process of booking ground transportation more effective and efficient by decreasing the amount of time it takes to make a car service reservation while increasing the accuracy and transparency of the reservation process.
The SummitLink® Red App allows also allows agents to modify and cancel car service reservations directly from the Sabre Red Workspace. Travel agents can request this free app from SummitQwest directly or via their company's Sabre Administrator. The Sabre® Red™ App Centre is the world’s first B2B app marketplace for the travel industry, where agents can shop and order Red Apps that they can use to extend the capabilities of their Sabre® Red™ Workspace. With the power of Red Apps, travel agencies have the ability to customize the Sabre Red Workspace to fit the specific needs of their agency. The Sabre Red App Centre currently offers more than 100 Red Apps with many more in development from 80 certified Red App providers. Agents in more than 100 countries have used the Red App Centre, generating more than 700,000 app downloads.
DataArt (www.dataart.com) is a custom software development firm that builds advanced solutions for the financial services, healthcare, hospitality and other industries. Combining domain knowledge with offshore cost advantages and resource flexibility, DataArt develops industry-defining applications, helping clients optimize time-to-market and minimize software development risks in mission-critical systems. With an unrivaled talent pool of highly skilled software engineers in New York, London, Russia and Ukraine, DataArt provides the technical skill, accountability and industry knowledge needed to deliver custom applications on time and on budget. DataArt clients include Standard & Poor’s, Harmonic Fund Services, Ogilvy, artnet, Panasonic, Cancer Research, Ocado, Charles River Laboratories, Betfair, Misys, leading asset management firms and three of the world’s top ten investment banks.
SummitQwest (www.SummitQwest.com) is a leading management consulting and technology solutions company working with large users of chauffeured transportation to help them reduce costs of, better manage, gain efficiencies with and improve the overall quality of their car service program. SummitQwest’s clients include some of the largest and most prestigious users of chauffeured transportation service around the world and are comprised of investment banks, insurance companies, law firms, financial institutions, advertising & marketing firms, management consulting companies and others. SummitQwest provides both technology solutions (its SummitGround© and SummitLink© technology platforms) as well as consulting services.
SummitQwest is car provider agnostic and independent, working with any providers its clients want to work with through their open technology and productive working relationships. Their solutions often integrate with other technologies of their clients such as time & expense systems, online travel booking tools, travel agent booking tools and corporate data repositories to provide unparalled value in the management of car service programs.
Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) is a leading technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, such as passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, and flight, network and crew management. Sabre® also operates a leading global travel marketplace, processing over $100 billion of estimated travel spend in 2013 by connecting travel suppliers to their most valued customers, the business traveler. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre operates offices in approximately 60 countries around the world.
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