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Author's profile photo Benno Eberle

Angry Birds for Business Travelers – increased efficiency, less paperwork and more fun

From the perspective of mobile communication the last decade was like sitting in a high-speed train. Only a few year ago using a wireless phone was something really extraordinary. Today, nearly everybody from kids to grandparents has a smartphone and uses it like the most natural thing in the world. Use is intuitive, and hardly anybody reads any instructions before inserting the SIM card and battery for the first time. Using a smartphone to call somebody is more a side issue instead of being the value proposition.


Besides email, calendar, and instant weather reports there are a lot of apps to get access to information, increase productivity or simply have fun.

The goal is to combine all of those aspects and have fun while increasing personal productivity and saving valuable time.

Sounds like magic, but it’s real. While writing these lines I remember that last year I gave my wife a vacuum cleaner as a present. Urghh – normally that’s a reason to get divorced, right? But it was a kind of robotic Frisbee running through our flat like a rat cleaning all rooms while we are off-site. The message that this gives her some additional free time was perceived more than well. The increased productivity was more than a side effect of always having a clean apartment, and we have much fun with our little robot (even if ours is not a cat cab like shown in hundreds of videos on YouTube).

And it’s the same pattern with great apps on smartphones – wouldn’t you love to

  • Get rid of unloved stuff like collecting receipts while travelling on business?
  • Not having to list every single bill in a kind of spreadsheet while trying to remember where it came from?
  • Not having to wait to get reimbursed late because you haven’t sent the expense report as your very first action after returning to the office after a busy trip?


With SAP Cloud for Travel and Expense, the complete travel and expense management process will be fun and free up some of your valuable time:

  • Intuitive, attractive, and easy-to-use interface
  • Capture your receipts and post them directly in the system while you’re on the road!
  • Finalize and send your expense report and get reimbursed before coming back to the office!
  • If you are a manager, approvals on-the-go will make your business travelers happy!

Promised, at the end this process will be a nice experience – similar to finding your home clean when you come back.

With SAP Cloud for Travel and Expense, You have the choice to manage Your expenses Your way!

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      Author's profile photo Christian Horak
      Christian Horak

      Nice Job Benno, I would not have seen the connection between Angry Birds and Travel Expenses :=) ... but you're right, today's apps need to be that simple

      Author's profile photo Slim TRABELSI
      Slim TRABELSI

      Can we call it gamification of boring tasks ?

      Author's profile photo Benno Eberle
      Benno Eberle
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      Making boring task fun is getting rid of the the boring and an attractive way of simplifying life and getting things done easily

      Author's profile photo Christian Horak
      Christian Horak

      Hmm .. I would not go as far as calling it Gamification, since there is a specific definition behind that. I don't know if there is a broad term, but "consumerization of IT" might be applicable, where one does not expect an IT expert at the human side of transactions. Increasingly, the consumers will be familiar with (and expect) the fun and ease of games when it comes to software, and therefore certainly the analogy of Gamification of expectations is certainly applicable.

      Author's profile photo Nishan Dev Singh
      Nishan Dev Singh

      Hello Berno:

      I am going to try this, if it work, it will help alot.

      Thank for sharing.


      Author's profile photo Sven Denecken
      Sven Denecken

      Great analogy 😉