Unlike most travel
reporting systems which have evolved in a piecemeal fashion over
has been designed specifically to allow travel managers and travel agency
management to address the six major objectives of travel management reporting.
These objectives are:
A sample report is
shown for each of the six objectives.
Report to Upper Management
requires an analysis of the key statistics related to travel. A single-page
report should answer two major questions:
How much did we
How well did we spend it?
Summary should be supported by trend analyses indicating how the key statistics
have fluctuated over time.
Monitor Overall Performance
Much like the
summary prepared for senior management, the travel manager requires a
single-page summary highlighting the key travel statistics. However, the travel
manager requires more statistics than those provided to upper management.
Travel Management Summary report should be the starting point in reviewing the
overall performance of the travel program in terms of the travel policy and the
Identify Exceptions and Trends
A key feature of an
effective travel management reporting system is the ability to highlight
deviations from the travel policy or from the normal patterns. Exception
reports, summarized by organizational units, should identify areas in which the
travel manager should focus his/her attention.
More Objective 3 Reports.
Once the travel
manager has identified an organization unit or group that has contributed to
the problem or opportunity being researched, detail exception reports will
allow individual transactions to be reviewed.
More Objective 4 Reports.
Reduce Cost through Vendor Negotiations
Key to reducing
travel cost is the ability to document vendor usage and travel patterns. For
the major components of travel cost; air, hotel and car rental, the travel
management system should produce reports that answer three basic questions;
What did we buy?,
Where did we buy it?
Who did we buy it from?.
These reports should
be produced by organization unit, geographic area and other useful categories.
More Objective 5 Reports.
Respond to Special Requests
Travel managers are
constantly asked for "special requests" for travel-related information. The
information must be easily accessible and in a flexible format that will allow
timely and accurate responses.
More Objective 6 Reports.
The CrossFire graph
module, available from Binary Systems, Inc. is a fully-integrated,
system for producing high-quality, meaningful graphs. A wide range of graph types and presentations
can be created by the CrossFire user. Graph types include horizontal bar, vertical bar, line and pie
charts. Data in the charts can be stack or layered and multiple charts can be presented on one page.
More Sample Graphs.
to the CrossFire Online Demonstration!
information via the Internet has become an essential tool for
effective management of the travel spending. CrossFire Online provides
Internet access to the wide range of CrossFire reports and
graphs. The reports you will be able to process can be customized to your exact
needs. With a few simple entries and clicks you can process complete batches of
reports or enter report selection criteria to perform "ad hoc" reporting. Your
report results will either appear on your screen or will be e-mailed directly
to you in Adobe Acrobat or Excel spreadsheet format.
The process is
simple. To get started:
1. Click the Demo
2. Enter the User ID: demo
3. Enter the Password: demo
4. Click the Logon button
5. Use the Help features to submit reports
here for a live demonstration of CrossFire Online
During the demonstration, you will be using the
live CrossFire Online system. Help screens are available throughout. For help
in starting the demo, Click
to the CrossFire Drilldown Demonstration!
CrossFire is pleased
to announce our Drilldown product. This product, which is currently in
development and is scheduled for release later this summer, gives you the
ability to drilldown into your travel data with an easy to use interface.
Click here to see a demo of our new product.