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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.