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October 16, 2014 - 02:30 PM ET

Singapore-based global distribution system Abacus partnered with Conferma to provide travel management companies the ability to create virtual cards, the payment technology provider announced. Agents will be able to create single-use 16-digit virtual cards for individual travel bookings including air, lodging, car rental, rail "and more," according to Conferma. Each virtual card can be used for booking and payment of multiple transactions and will have a specified amount, expiration date and merchant to prevent against misuse by unauthorized users. Conferma already partners with Sabre. Sabre Pacific, which services the Asia/Pacific region, is wholly owned by Abacus.

October 10, 2014 - 04:30 PM ET

Commerce platform Deem unveiled a program meant to lure Concur Travel and Expense customers in light of Concur's proposed acquisition by SAP. Deem's program offers current Concur clients one free year-long subscription on a three-year agreement, no “standard” implementation fees and migration assistance. The offer ends Dec. 31. The offer by Deem—formerly Rearden Commerce—follows an offer issued last month by expense management supplier Expensify of free Expensify services for the duration of current Concur Expense clients' contracts. Expensify also unveiled a tool that enables Concur customers to upload receipts and expenses in Expensify, via a connection with Concur's API.

October 09, 2014 - 10:50 AM ET

Payroll and human resources firm ADP launched a cloud-based, single sign-on "marketplace" of enterprise applications and named Concur as an initial participant. ADP Marketplace is meant to provide to clients and partners access to ADP's application programming interfaces to facilitate workforce data sharing and automate "a variety of workforce management tasks," according to a company statement. By participating, Concur users can integrate travel and expense data with "organizational hierarchies and reporting structure contained in ADP's HR system." Initial ADP Marketplace participants also include corporate hiring technology firm GetHired and "social recognition solutions" provider Globoforce.

October 03, 2014 - 11:10 AM ET

Expense management firm Abukai announced that it now integrates with Intuit, a finance and accounting cloud software provider. Users can photograph receipts and invoices using the Abukai smartphone application with data automatically fed into QuickBooks Online. The expense firm also automatically categorizes accounts-payable transactions based on a client's QuickBooks Online configurations. 

September 30, 2014 - 04:00 PM ET

Conferma introduced a mobile app that allows clients to settle hotel bookings, the payment technology provider announced. Using the TripPay app, travelers can display to front-desk clerks during check-in or checkout the front and back digital images of a virtual card, which would contain a 16-digit number and three-digit security code created by the client's travel management company. With TripPay, travelers also can resend booking confirmations to a hotel's fax machine and receive a reservation notification once a trip is booked. The virtual card number disappears from the app after the checkout date, indicating it no longer can be used. Travelers also can use TripPay to photograph hotel invoices and receipts and submit them to Smart New Accounts Payable, Conferma's reporting and reconciliation tool, which matches that information with booking data. The app is available for all Android and iOS devices. Conferma now is developing contactless payment capabilities using near-field communication technology, according to CEO Simon Barker.

September 29, 2014 - 02:20 PM ET

Expense management provider Certify updated its expense tool. New features include single sign-on capability and a new interface dashboard with analytics. Users can click on Enterprise Dashboard's charts and graphs to see supporting expense data from the past 90 days. Dashboard elements include display of top items by expense category, type, policy violations and statistics for submitted, processed or pending items. To access single sign-on, Certify clients can log in through their employer's intranet or through the Certify mobile application, which is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows and BlackBerry networks. Other new features include multiple-level approvals, mileage maps, and integration with QuickBooks. The single sign-on feature carries a fee, levied on a client-by-client basis, but the other new features are free.

September 22, 2014 - 11:15 AM ET

Onyx Payments acquired Norway-based hotel commission reconciliation services provider Net Trans Services for an undisclosed figure. Net Trans claims to automate the hotel commission collection process for nearly 40 million room nights annually on behalf of travel management companies and online travel agencies, and pursues those hotels that fail to pay. Now claiming to be the world's largest payment processor for hotels and travel agents, Onyx until April 2013 was known as Pegasus Financial Services. It then was sold by Pegasus Solutions to private equity investor H.I.G. Capital. Onyx and Net Trans had been strategic partners since 2006. Onyx said the merged business will serve more than 200,000 hotels and more than 200,000 "travel distributors" in nearly 200 countries.

September 17, 2014 - 04:10 PM ET

Carlson Wagonlit Travel now offers a virtual card product powered by payment technology provider Conferma, the travel management company announced Wednesday. CWT indicated clients can use the tool initially to pay for lodging or low-cost carrier flights through all global distribution systems, with "other content" available in the future. Depending on its home country, a client will be able to issue virtual cards through either its own card provider or CWT's.

September 16, 2014 - 04:50 PM ET

Pennsylvania-based ExpenseWatch launched a new approval feature and now integrates with MapQuest, the expense management company announced Tuesday. The MapQuest feature, according to ExpenseWatch, allows users to attach single or multiple maps to individual expense line items to "quickly" calculate mileage for repeat destinations—for example, trips between home and an airport. The geographic data in turn gives travel managers more insight on spending and travel activities, according to ExpenseWatch. The Empowered Approvals feature allows travel managers to configure the information fields they see in their expense report summaries to "easily and accurately" approve reports, according to the firm. Users can prioritize views of such items as transaction types, submitters, dollar amounts or out-of- budget items. Users also can create and print analytical reports, as well as approve or reject line items in bulk or by line.

September 16, 2014 - 03:45 PM ET

American Express Global Business Travel named long-time Amadeus executive Philippe Chérèque its new chief technology officer. According to an Amex spokesperson, Chérèque "will lead our technology strategy and innovation with a focus on core platforms and critical path products." The spokesperson added that Chérèque's team also will focus on "platform optimization and GDS connectivity, as well as on newer technologies that can facilitate greater mobile and tablet functionality to meet the growing trend of consumerization in the industry." Amex GBT president and CEO Bill Glenn in July told BTN that following the relaunch of the company as a joint venture it would "aggressively move on the information and technology side." Chérèque had worked for Amadeus between 1987 and 2011, culminating with a role as executive vice president of commercial. He subsequently served as an advisor to Emirates on that carrier's reservations system strategy.

September 10, 2014 - 11:40 AM ET

Concur partnered with French taxi service Taxis G7. Initial integration now lets users connect their Concur accounts to Taxis G7's mobile app to "seamlessly book and receive e-receipts directly into Concur Expense." The companies noted that Taxis G7's eCab app now is available for users in Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels, with plans to expand by year-end to 15 additional European cities. Additional functionality for the eCab platform, also expected later this year, would include advance booking of "fixed-priced routes such as airport transfers." Taxis G7 claims a fleet of 7,600 affiliated taxis and a large partnership network throughout Europe.

August 20, 2014 - 09:40 AM ET

Accounting and ERP software provider Sage now integrates with Abukai Expenses, the companies announced. Sage clients can use Abukai to upload PDFs or snap photos of their receipts. Using optical character recognition, Abukai automatically reads such expense data as transaction date, vendor, amount and value-added tax and enters it into expense reports, which feed the Sage One online accounting software. The expense firm in June also partnered with cloud-based ERP system Exact Online.