Making IT Travel Agent
It's difficult to find hotels that offer high-speed net access.Its time for IT departments to absorb business travel planning because its outgrown agencies and agents. Sound radical? How much of your responsibility involves remote access? Wireless data and voice? How important is constant connectivity? Probably more important than wringing the last dollar out of travel. Lets start with hotels. Many professionals require high-speed access on the road to download reports, update corporate data and do research. Dial-up doesnt cut it.
Many hotels offer high-speed Internet access, but its difficult to locate them. I recently booked rooms in Las Vegas for our Internet editors and had a devil of a time finding the ones offering broadband. I got help from Lawrence Serchuk, of DataValet, which provides high-speed access to hotels. He directed me to www.geektools.com and its comprehensive list of geek-friendly hotels, or geektels. But you still have to win the VPN crapshoot; many hotels high-speed connections dont support secure tunneling. Short of calling the hotel, how would you know?