March 19th is National Aardvark Day. We’ve never really been sure which nation it applies to, or indeed if anyone other than us is even aware of it, but hey ho its our excuse to celebrate all things aardvark. On the previous two years we have been to visit a giant red aardvark sculpture in Arnhem, The Netherlands, and to meet some real-life aardvarks at Colchester Zoo. This year there’s simply no time for ridiculous aardvark-themed jollies unfortunately, so Jane and I have decided instead to send a little aardvark gift to all our 2 Aardvarks clients and friends to thank them for the custom or recommendations they have given us - we really appreciate it!
If you are reading this, it’s likely you are involved in travel technology projects of one sort or another. Maybe you work for a travel business that is implementing a piece of technology, or maybe you represent the systems supplier working on the other side of the relationship. As a consultant, I am involved in travel tech on both sides of the equation – splitting my time between holiday companies and technology providers. I should say I am not generally involved in the procurement or selling of systems. I’m the one who gets deep into the detail of analysing the business requirements and the technical possibilities to make the solution work.
With most of my work going on 'behind the scenes' in travel technology, its not often that I get to write about specific projects that 2 Aardvarks has been involved with. I'm very pleased, therefore, to celebrate a new online booking module going live with the recent launch of the new Ramblers Holidays website.
To celebrate National Aardvark Day 2016, we descended into the Aardvark burrow at Colchester Zoo and met AJ, Skyla, OQ and Puq, the family of four sleepy aardvarks who live there. When we named our company back in 2014, we didn't know much about aardvarks and probably couldn't have picked one out in a lineup with tapirs and anteaters. But specialist aardvark keeper Will told us all we needed to know about these curious nocturnal creatures...
Ian Showell is Consultant Business Analyst and Project Manager for 2 Aardvarks Ltd working with a number of clients on travel industry system development and process improvement projects