Intel's global corporate travel manager Sy Price has worked with the company's hotel partners to enhance tech-savvy traveler productivity by driving wireless Internet adoption at preferred properties.

Over the past few years, said Price, Intel's procurement-driven travel department, which rolls up into the company's purchasing and materials organization, has explored the use of electronic procurement tools and fully implemented online auctions across its global hotel program.

"Most recently, we utilized it in our air program and e-auctions for car leasing or fleet programs in the United States, Europe, China, India and Malaysia." said Price. "In the case of our travel management company, we didn't use those initiatives. In the case of our online booking tool, we didn't either. It's not that you couldn't use them in those areas, it's how you apply the tools that are there. There are some things that are a better fit for Internet negotiations or e-auctions than others, and it's just getting to that apples-to-apples comparison."

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