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December 16, 2014 - 09:25 AM ET

Orbitz for Business on Tuesday announced expense integration with Concur. Bookings made via the travel agency are "directly passed" into the expense system, according to the announcement. "As a result of this integration, an expense report is automatically initiated, which helps employees cut data entry time, increase reporting accuracy and visibility, and helps control and identify fraud."

December 05, 2014 - 05:00 PM ET

SAP on Thursday completed its $8.3 billion acquisition of Concur, the companies announced. Concur will "operate as a business unit within SAP," according to Concur, and its existing management team will continue to lead the unit. SAP expects the acquisition to contribute up to €45 million in cloud subscriptions and support revenue for 2014, according to the companies.

December 05, 2014 - 09:25 AM ET

Rocketrip announced a partnership to "automatically push all relevant expense data to Concur." The Rocketrip platform enables companies to reward business travelers who book travel at prices below predetermined budgets, and earlier this year indicated work underway to integrate with expense management systems. "This integration with Concur means that all receipts will flow directly into Concur during expense submission," according to the announcement. "Rocketrip is now available in the Concur App Center, which offers streamlined integration with Concur Travel, Expense, and Invoice products."

December 02, 2014 - 01:40 PM ET

Amadeus enabled hotel payment with Conferma virtual card technology through its e-Travel Management self-booking tool, Conferma announced. Amadeus already had integrated Conferma into its hotel bill-back solutions. Now, when corporate client travelers book a hotel through e-Travel Management, Conferma automatically will fax a virtual card number to the hotel. At checkout, the hotel will charge the booking to the VCN, and the booking and payment data is reconciled, according to Conferma. 

December 01, 2014 - 10:00 AM ET

American Express Global Business Travel appointed Elyes Mrad to managing director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Most recently Hertz International senior vice president of sales and marketing, Mrad will be based in London and report to Amex Global Business Travel president and CEO Bill Glenn. Mrad will "oversee the hundreds of professionals who serve clients headquartered in EMEA" and "be responsible for driving a strong retention and acquisition strategy in the region," according to Amex. 

November 21, 2014 - 01:20 PM ET

Conferma's travel management clients now can create MasterCard virtual cards for supplier payments via a partnership with eNett International, the companies announced Thursday. All companies, regardless of size, can use virtual-card provider eNett to create virtual account numbers, but a Conferma spokesperson told BTN that the solution is geared toward small and midsize clients without "strong banking relationships" or bank credit lines. Conferma and MasterCard on Tuesday globally expanded their existing integration.

November 20, 2014 - 10:15 AM ET

Total revenue for Serko increased 50 percent year over year for the six months ending Sept. 30, the New Zealand-based online booking and expense software provider announced Thursday. Revenue increased to NZ$4.7 million (US$3.7 million), with revenue from travel bookings, Serko's "core revenue growth engine," up 36 percent year over year. Online transaction volume rose 32 percent. Serko's net loss widened to NZ$3.6 million (US$2.8 million) from NZ$347,000 (US$272,000) for the prior-year period, which CFO Tim Bluett attributed to "the planned investment we have made in growing our organization and operational capacity to support the pipeline of growth for the business."

November 18, 2014 - 01:30 PM ET

MasterCard and Conferma globally expanded their existing integration, Conferma announced Tuesday. The partnership, first signed in 2011 and dubbed In Control for Business Travel, previously was available only in Europe. With In Control, clients can create virtual card numbers for individual transactions and reconcile booking data. The integration gives In Control clients, including corporate clients and issuing banks, access to Conferma's network of travel management companies, global distribution systems, self-booking tools and online travel agencies to "streamline and modernize [clients'] travel payment and reconciliation processes" regardless of the booking platform used and across all payment categories, according to Conferma. 

November 13, 2014 - 10:20 AM ET

Deem on Thursday launched a new version of its travel and expense mobile app for Android and iOS devices. The app features a "refreshed, consumer-grade user interface with faster navigation," according to Deem. The app enables air, car and hotel bookings that incorporate corporate pricing and policy controls. For airline bookings, new features include airline seat map displays and details on inflight amenities, when available. For hotel bookings, the app includes TripAdvisor review integration and hotel property images. The expense module enables travelers to submit and managers to approve reports.

November 12, 2014 - 02:25 PM ET

Privately held expense management provider Coupa claimed a 100 percent increase in third-quarter revenue, year over year. The company, which did not release other financial metrics, reported on Wednesday that during the third quarter it completed 25 customer implementations throughout the world. Coupa now employs more than 300 people, according to the firm. Coupa in August opened a new customer service center in Dublin and in October partnered with NetSuite to build and jointly market SuiteApp, a procurement and expense management solution.

November 05, 2014 - 02:00 PM ET

U.S. Bank has introduced corporate purchasing cards in Europe and is the first bank in Europe to offer Visa Payables Automation to clients, the bank announced. Bank clients can use Visa Payables Automation to create single-use virtual card numbers to make payments in nine European currencies, including the euro. U.S. Bank indicated it initially will provide the solution to its U.S.-based multinational clients with European operations. In October the bank launched the Access Online mobile application, which offers many of the features of U.S. Bank's data-management and reporting tool of the same name.

November 04, 2014 - 02:45 PM ET

Meridian Global Services’ Expensflo audit and value-added tax solution now integrates with SAP Cloud for Travel and Expense, the companies announced Tuesday. Expense data will flow directly to Expenseflo to provide SAP clients the back-office receipt, audit and compliance services needed to fulfill the expense management requirements for domestic and foreign VAT, according to the companies.