From the September 2011 issue of Treasury & Risk magazine

T&E? Phone Office

Automating expense management gets simpler with mobile apps that even let employees take photos of their paper receipts.

Managing expenses traditionally was a painful, time-consuming chore involving paper receipts and manager approvals. The majority of companies still do it that way, says Mike Hilton, executive vice president of Redmond, Wash.-based Concur, a vendor in the automated expense management space. Fewer than 10% of global companies have automated the process, he adds. But new technologies are driving adoption now. Concur steadily adds more credit card companies, travel companies and hotel chains to its system, allowing paper receipts to be eliminated right at the source. Once expense information is centrally managed, companies can mine it for insights about spending patterns.

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