Certify, Inc./Chrome River Acquire Emburse to Revolutionize Expense and Card Solutions

Commercial card provider becomes part of a global spend management portfolio including Abacus, Captio, Certify, Chrome River, Nexonia, and Tallie, to expand spend controls to the pre-purchase experience

PORTLAND, MAINE and LOS ANGELES, JULY 29, 2019: Certify, Inc./Chrome River, the largest independent portfolio of travel, expense and payment solutions, announces the acquisition of Emburse, a leading startup provider of virtual and physical cards for business expenses and vendor payments.

San Francisco-based Emburse offers a range of corporate card solutions that allow organizations to easily enforce travel and expense policies, while providing employees and job candidates a simple way to make purchases. These solutions, ranging from traditional plastic cards to virtual cards delivered via texts or digital wallets, give businesses deeper, real-time insight and control over corporate expenses, by allowing administrators to set granular spending parameters. Emburse has processed hundreds of millions of dollars of company spend over tens of thousands of credit cards, while doubling revenue every year.

“Joining such a prestigious portfolio of travel, expense and invoice management brands will greatly accelerate our ability to expand Emburse’s reach,” said Peter Lai, CEO at Emburse. “We share a common goal in helping organizations control employee spending and reduce expense fraud, all while providing a user-friendly and flexible solution to both frequent and infrequent card users.”

Emburse is being added to the leading portfolio of global spend management brands, which includes Abacus, Captio, Certify, Chrome River, Nexonia, and Tallie. Emburse will initially be integrated into the Abacus expense management platform, further strengthening Abacus’ capabilities in supporting real time expense reporting.

“Adding Emburse to Abacus will enable the next major step in real time expense reporting innovation by providing policy insight in advance of the purchase,” said Omar Qari, co-founder and general manager of Abacus. “This exciting new capability will continue to reduce customer liability, while improving the overall employee and interview candidate experience.”

“The acquisition of Emburse demonstrates our continued commitment to bringing valuable innovation that benefits our customers, their employees, and prospective employees, across our brands.” said Nord Samuelson, president of Certify, Inc./Chrome River.

About Emburse
Emburse alleviates major pain points experienced in all businesses by providing virtual and physical credit cards with built in spend enforcement and expense reconciliation, vastly reducing the hours required from both employees and finance departments. Cards can be restricted based on set budgets, merchant categories or individual merchant IDs, and even specific hours of the day. Major use cases include cards for corporate spending, travel, vendor payments, perk cards, and more. All services are also available via an API. Please visit www.emburse.com for more information.

About Certify, Inc./Chrome River
Certify, Inc./Chrome River is the world’s largest independent provider of travel, expense and payment solutions. The portfolio includes leading SaaS platforms Abacus, Captio, Certify, Chrome River, Nexonia, and Tallie. With innovative spend management applications such as real time expense reporting, integrated travel booking, time tracking, and accounts payable automation, the company has transformed how more than 11,000 organizations manage corporate spend. The company’s commitment to delivering a superior customer journey by creating long-term value for its customers, makes it a preferred choice of CFOs, CIOs, AP teams, travel managers and business travelers.

Customers include Anthem, Grant Thornton, Garmin, Mailchimp, Pinterest, Red Bull, Shopify, Subway, SurveyMonkey, Toyota, and Virgin Galactic.

For more information, please visit: www.abacus.com, www.certify.com, www.captio.com, www.chromeriver.com, www.nexonia.com, www.tallie.com

3 Expense Management Trends You Need to Know

Expense Management Trends Report 2018

You may be surprised to learn that 49 percent of companies still rely on a manual expense management process. This data point comes from the recently-released 2018 Expense Management Trends Report by Certify, Inc.

Since 2013, the Expense Management Trends Report has helped organizations of all sizes stay informed of industry trends and best practices from their peers across North America. Tallie is part of the Certify, Inc. Family of Brands—and this year’s report offers valuable insights into the industry.

1. Manual methods are sticking around
Enterprise companies are leading the way in adopting technology according to the report, with 39 percent of companies surveyed using a web-based expense solution, and 32 percent relying on an ERP or accounting package for expense management. These companies are seeing the value in automating timely manual processes—letting their employees focus on other value-added activities.

Surprisingly, 11 percent of enterprise companies surveyed are still using a manual process. (A manual process is defined here as any process that uses Excel spreadsheets, pen and paper, homegrown systems, or any combination thereof.) At a company of this size, the risk and lack of spend visibility would likely make a CFO’s head spin. And without having visibility into expenses, the finance team is left in the dark when strategizing for the years ahead, or negotiating better contracts with vendors today.

2. The biggest pains stay consistent
Expense management pains haven’t evolved much since Certify launched the survey in 2013. For the 2018 report, Certify collected and analyzed responses from 546 CFOs, controllers, and other finance professionals outside its customer base to offer a snapshot of the industry, and where it may be headed. With technology becoming so engrained in our lives, some readers may find it shocking that so many moments of struggle persist in the world of finance.

The biggest pain points for finance teams were losing receipts or submitting reports without a receipt, tying employees failing to submit reports on time cited by 50 percent of respondents. It’s easy to see why finance teams would be frustrated with a minor task holding up reimbursements and accurate reporting—yet this pain persists.

Time spent reconciling, reviewing, and approving reports was the second biggest pain, cited by 31 percent of respondents. With the average number of expense reports being 25-50 percent of the full-time employee workforce, manually reviewing and approving expense reports is a business activity that needs a streamlined process.

Another long-standing pressure on finance teams were errors on expense reports, with 30 percent of respondents citing this ongoing issue. Considering that employees should be submitting completed reports on-time and within policy, finance teams certainly want to spend less time “expense policing” and more time on strategy.

3. The leading pressures and top areas for improvement
Top organizational pressures on finance teams have stayed consistent with previous years. The top pressure driving organizations to improve T&E management was the need to reduce expense reporting costs cited by 27 percent of respondents. Improving the expense management process was cited by 34 percent of respondents as the most critical to improve in 2018.

Poor visibility into travel and expenses was the second biggest pressure (26 percent) driving change with finance teams across North America. Without finance teams having complete visibility into T&E spend, they can’t make informed strategic decisions that will help move the organization towards their goals. With the right integrations, an automated expense solution can provide nearly real-time expense data finance teams can budget against with confidence.

Travel booking was the third biggest area for improvement in 2018. Interestingly, according to the 2018 survey, 90 percent of companies had a travel policy in place, but only two percent of companies used technology to enforce policy—putting the company at a huge risk for overspending with manual policy checks or employee enforcement.

Having business travelers booking itineraries with any number of online services leaves a company at risk for overspending. With a travel book solution that is friendly for employees, travel managers, and everyone in between, you can provide a foundation for self-service bookings that fit within company policy and budget.

Did any of the struggles or organizational pressures sound familiar to you? How often does your team run up against some of the inefficiencies we mentioned above? If you want to make sure your team stays ahead of the pack, be sure to download our complimentary report and stay current with the T&E trends driving the industry.

Tallie 12.7 Expense Report Software Release Notes

Our focus in the past two months has been to add an alternative authentication method and improve performance in various product areas. We’ve also been laying the groundwork for a new accounting system integration, which will be unveiled this Summer. Until then, read on to learn more about our new features!

Make sign-in to Tallie easier with SAML2.0 Authentication

Companies nowadays adopt a wide array of SaaS web apps to handle all kinds of operations that are essential to businesses. With the convenience of web-based applications comes with unique credentials, which could become a barrier to entry when users lose track of one of the dozen passwords they have to memorize. This is why companies have implemented SAML2.0 as a centralized portal that lets users access multiple external applications using their credentials from the Active Directory.

Our SAML2.0 authentication is Service Provider initiated. In order to leverage this, you must have a 3rd party Identity Provider (IdP) such as OneLogin. Already have that? Contact our Support Team with your SAML2 provider URL and Entity ID to get started!

Various Performance Improvements

We understand how any issue could be disruptive to your day-to-day processes, which is why we continuously explore new technologies and make necessary enhancements to make our product more reliable. In this release, we got to the bottom of some symptoms our users were experiencing, and made adjustments to alleviate or resolve them. These include expense items taking longer than 10 seconds to save on the Purchases page, certain approvers’ inability to view their Approved expenses, and automated syncs for QuickBooks Online not occurring.

Other Enhancements & Bug Fixes

  • Introduced cascading grid on Credit Cards page This results in better space utilization and supports wide monitors by displaying up to five credit card profiles horizontally.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Credit Cards page

  • Removed deprecated credit card connections
  • Fixed the issue where editing expense dates on the Approval page wasn’t permitted
  • Fixed the CSV template builder issue where placeholder text wouldn’t clear

 

We love to hear from you — even if it’s just to say hi. Let us know how these updates to our expense report software help your team. Reach out to our Product Expert team at support@usetallie.com or by calling 888-874-1118 Ext 2.

Tallie 12.6 Expense Tracking Software Release Notes

For our first release of 2018, the Tallie team is excited to introduce a variety of features that will kickstart your year of expense reporting. We analyzed the frequently requested improvements to our software and delivered the ones that will benefit the most of you. Take a look — we hope you enjoy!

New Receipt Controls: Ability to Zoom in and Download Original Files

In our most recent mobile app release, we introduced the ability to zoom in on receipts so you can review them in closer detail. This functionality is now supported in Tallie web as well. Simply hover over a receipt and click anywhere to activate the zoom feature. The “Original” link in the upper-right corner of the receipt window will allow you to download the file in its original size. These new functions are available for receipts in all stages of Tallie.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Receipt Zoom

New receipt controls available: Zoom function and download original file 

 

Statement Upload Now Supports Credit Card Subaccounts

We understand that credit card transaction management is mission-critical for your expense report software. We’ve further improved our statement upload feature to add subaccounts support. Rather than requesting the bank to provide you with individual files for each subaccount, you can now upload a single file that contains several subaccounts to Tallie. Our transaction file processor will detect the total number of subaccounts in the file, feed transactions to existing subaccounts and create new accounts for unrecognized card numbers. With this feature and our very own credit card integration, Bank Data Delivery, we will be able to provide unparalleled credit card transaction management for an even larger portfolio of financial institutions across different sizes.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Subaccount Transaction Upload

Tallie detects new subaccounts in transaction files and automatically creates them, with transactions properly attributed to their corresponding accounts.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Subaccount Profiles

All of the credit card controls, including auto-import and subaccount deletion, are available for each subaccount created by statement upload.

Product Enhancements & Bug Fixes

  • Improved Intacct SmartEvents processing speed
  • Added the ability to export expense reports to Intacct using the user default currency
  • Added a setting that will lock down corporate card transaction dates. Contact Tallie Product Experts to enable this
  • Added a new field in CSV export template: Employee Vendor code
  • Fixed the issue where deleted expenses reports remained in mobile apps
  • Fixed the usage details table in Billing
  • Fixed the issue where expense totals did not reflect the correct reimbursement limit in the Spreadsheet view

We look forward to hearing how these upgrades have made managing your expense reports even easier. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to our Product Expert team at support@usetallie.com or by calling 888-874-1118 Ext 2.

6 Ways to Stay on Top of your Expenses with Tallie

We’ve all been there, hustling through a business trip, meeting clients, crushing projects, kicking tail, until suddenly your trip is over and your expense report is blank. You rack your brain, retrace your steps, and pray that you left a paper trail. All in an effort to piece together your purchases. We get it, entering expenses can be tedious and time-consuming, especially if you’re using an archaic paper process. Good news: there’s an easier way.

Enter expenses on the fly.

With the Tallie mobile app, you have the flexibility to capture receipts anywhere you take your phone. Any free moment is an opportunity. As soon as you’re handed a receipt, swipe open the app and snap a photo.

Record it as it happens. 

Feel free to open and edit your expense report as many times as needed. You can enter your expenses as the day unfolds, little by little. The easy-to-use interface allows you to plug in expenses in half the time so you can get back to the grind.

Preload it.

Let Tallie take manual data entry off your plate. Code your project, location, class, and department ahead of time for your convenience. Once you’re ready to enter an expense, the bulk of the details will already be coded for you.

Connect your card.

Connect your corporate credit card and let Tallie automatically pull your credit card charges onto an expense report.

Send in your mail. 

Easily pull in any email receipts by forwarding your receipts to  receipts@tallie.com. Whether the receipt is a PDF or in the body of the email, Tallie will capture it.

Erase your mistakes.

Submit an expense report that’s missing something? Call it back with the “unsubmit” button, make your changes, and send it back to your approver at the touch of a button.

Tallie 12.4 Time & Expense Tracking Software Release Notes

The main focus of this release was continuing improvements to reduce user friction and fixing bugs in both time and expense products. Read on for more details!

New CSV Export Fields

We’ve introduced three new CSV Export fields to Tallie, including User Class Default, User Location Default, and User Department Default. These new fields will populate the CSV file with the default class, department or location mapped on the user profile instead of those mapped on the expense.

New fields in the template builder.

 

User default mappings.

Additional Enhancements & Fixes

  • New Currencies: Belarusian Ruble (BYN) , Honduran Lempira (HNL), Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC)
  • When clicking Itemize in the middle of an expense create session, we’ll copy over any existing expense data to the first itemized line so it doesn’t get lost
  • Fixed the issue where the Tallie Time project list doesn’t load past a certain point
  • Fixed the issue where Tallie Time projects were available to users who were not assigned to them
  • Fixed the Semi-monthly pay cycle issue, to ensure it does not skip a week
  • Fixed the issue where Tallie was unable to export vendor credits with class to QBO-connected Bill.com
  • Fixed the issue where approvers, permissions, and bill & pay rates do not save upon creating a new user manually
  • Fixed the issue where the Remind Approver button is disabled if the report contains itemized expenses
  • Fixed Mass Update issues, including the internal server error that comes up when removing Location, Department, and/or Manager from people and the Select All option

 

We look forward to hearing how these upgrades have made managing your time and expenses even easier. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to our Product Expert team at support@usetallie.com or by calling 888-874-1118 Ext 2.

Expense Solution Software – November Webinar Schedule

Throughout the month of November, we will be conducting free weekly webinars on several subjects to make sure you get the most out of our expense solution software.

These webinars provide free training for employees, managers, and accountants alike. Lasting between 15 and 30 minutes, each webinar is filled with information ranging from product guidance to live Q&A with Tallie Product Experts.

Register for a free November webinar below!

TALLIE USER TRAINING

  1. Run through the creation of a Tallie expense reports.
  2. Share the tips and tricks to create your expense report in a few minutes.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you might possibly have.

Register:

Tuesday, November 7th, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Tuesday, November 14th, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST **SPECIAL: How To Use Tallie Android & iOS Apps**

Tuesday, November 21st, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Tuesday, November 28th, 8:30 -9:00 AM PST

ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING

  1. Walk through how to create custom policies and approval levels within Tallie.
  2. Show how Tallie streamlines your expense reporting workflow with multi-point data export and real time integration.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday, November 2nd, 8:30 -9:00 AM PST

Thursday, November 30th, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

CORPORATE CREDIT CARD TRAINING

  1. Walk through the corporate credit transaction management within Tallie.
  2. Show the three types of credit card connections in Tallie.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday, November 9th, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

ACCOUNTANT TRAINING

  1. Run through a variety of expense tracking features that you may utilize in Tallie.
  2. Review customization and options of your account’s configuration.
  3. Show how Tallie streamlines your accounting workflow with 1-click multi-point export and real time integration.
  4. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday, November 23rd, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST – Cancelled due to the Thanksgiving Holiday

If you have any questions about Tallie’s expense solution software between now and your chosen training webinar, please don’t hesitate to contact our Product Expert Team directly at support@usetallie.com or 888-874-1118 Ext 2. We hope to see you there!

Tallie 12.3 Time & Expense Tracking Software Release Notes

The main focus for this release has been beginning our iterative improvements to reduce user friction and fixing bugs in both time and expense products. Read on for more details!

New Help Icon in the Upper-right Corner

We strive to make Tallie an intuitive, easy-to-use product, but occasionally there are certain features, best practices and frequent asked questions that require a little bit more of an explanation. Our knowledge base houses all of the above and more.

Tallie Time & Expense Tracking Software - Help

Access the knowledge base article for the page you’re viewing by clicking the Help icon.

To make these helpful resources more accessible, we added a Help icon in the upper-right corner of every Tallie page in addition to the existing Help link in the user menu. Clicking on either one will take you directly to the support article of the page you’re currently viewing.

Additional Enhancements & Fixes

  • New Currency: Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)
  • Added support for time export to QuickBooks Online Essentials
  • Fixed emailed receipts remain in processing in multi-enterprise accounts
  • Fixed the issue where the option to assign Approve permission is unavailable in Mass Update
  • Fixed the erroneous, benign error “Sync could not be completed” during the initial syncs with QuickBooks Desktop
  • Fixed the instance of reports being stuck in Queued when re-exporting corporate card transactions to a bank account

 

We look forward to hearing how these upgrades have made managing your time and expenses even easier. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to our Product Expert team at support@usetallie.com or by calling 888-874-1118 Ext 2.

Understanding and Streamlining the Transition to Outsourced Accounting

Businesses have recently discovered an array of advantages when they outsource critical accounting functions to an external team. This change makes perfect sense, especially when one considers the advanced software and technological assets that make it possible.

However, the transition hasn’t been easy for everyone. In fact, several complications can come up, particularly for the accounting firms providing these outsourced functions. Thankfully, the release of a new feature is helping to streamline this process, making the shift to outsourced accounting more efficient and successful.

Growing Demands for Outsourced Accounting

Outsourced accounting is no longer a trend. It’s a fact on the ground. For years, the enterprise community has demanded that external experts take on bookkeeping responsibilities.

Currently, the global bookkeeping market generates $74 billion in annual revenues, and is experiencing more than 5 percent annual growth. As more businesses continue to outsource their accounting needs, this market will only continue to expand.

What’s Driving This Transition?

It isn’t difficult to understand the advantages of outsourced accounting. When companies shift this responsibility to a team of external experts, staff members have more time to focus on other mission-critical tasks. But time saving isn’t the only motivation for businesses to outsource accounting services:

– Capital Savings: This type of service can bring a pay-as-you-go nature to a company’s accounting needs, enabling an organization to lean on the knowledge of outsourced accountants when they need it most. This helps reduce overall accounting costs, saving considerable financial capital.

Even organizations with full-time outsourced accountant partnerships save significantly. More often than not, the price of outsourced services is notably less than what it would cost to recruit and hire an internal accounting team.

– Impartial, Expert Advice: An outsourced team can also provide unbiased guidance to business leaders when they need it most. This type of advice can prove particularly valuable as a company expands.

“Experienced accountants have seen many businesses grow and scale,” inDinero contributor Jonathan Grabis wrote. “This means they can provide comparative and critical analysis and are familiar with what you should prepare for, how to make smarter spending choices, and which financial solutions will be the best fit for your business model.”

– Access to Advanced Technology: Leveraging the services of an outsourced accounting firm also means companies have access to the latest financial tech without having to invest in purchasing these systems themselves.

Streamlining the Onboarding Process

Technology represents a cornerstone of today’s accounting industry, but these systems can also create sticking points that complicate a company’s transition to outsourced accounting.

This is especially true during the onboarding process. In the past, accounting firms have had to manually tailor their software solutions to align capabilities with each client’s specific needs. This was a complex activity that required an experienced hand, and also increased the time it took to onboard clients and begin accounting work.

Thankfully, this critical pain point is now being addressed. Tallie’s newest release includes a feature that streamlines the software customization process, enabling accounting firms to more quickly onboard new clients transitioning from older systems to firm-managed, standardized platforms.

Tallie’s Affiliate Templates allow accounting firms to create special standardized versions for client processes and workflows. In this way, client needs can be organized into specific tiers, and when a new client comes on board, the firm is able to auto-provision an account that aligns with a selected template. This makes the onboarding process much more efficient, and significantly reduces the time it takes to set up a new client. Thanks to Affiliate Templates, it now takes only minutes to transition new clients to the accounting firms’ standardized system.

To find out more about this feature and how it can streamline the transition to outsourced accounting for your clients, contact us today.

Tallie Expense Management – August Webinar Schedule

Throughout the month of August, we are conducting free weekly webinars on a range of subjects to ensure you get the most out of our expense management software.

These webinars provide free training for employees, managers, and accountants alike. Lasting between 15 and 30 minutes, each webinar is loaded with information ranging from product guidance to live Q&A with Tallie Product Experts.

Register for a free August webinar below!

TALLIE USER TRAINING

  1. Run through the creation of a Tallie expense reports.
  2. Share the tips and tricks to create your expense report in a few minutes.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you might possibly have.

Register:

Tuesday August 1st 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Tuesday August 8th 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Tuesday August 15th 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST **SPECIAL: How To Use Tallie Android & iOS Apps**

Tuesday August 22nd 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Tuesday August 29th 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING

  1. Walk through how to create custom policies and approval levels within Tallie.
  2. Show how Tallie streamlines your expense reporting workflow with multi-point data export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday August 10th 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Thursday August 24th 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

CORPORATE CREDIT CARD TRAINING

  1. Walk through the corporate credit card management within Tallie.
  2. Show the three types of credit card connections in Tallie.
  3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday August 17th 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

ACCOUNTANT TRAINING

  1. Run through a variety of expense tracking features that you may utilize in Tallie.
  2. Review customization and options of your account’s configuration.
  3. Show how Tallie streamlines your accounting workflow with 1-click multi-point export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
  4. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:

Thursday August 3rd 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Thursday August 31st 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

If you have any questions about Tallie’s expense management software between now and your chosen training webinar, please don’t hesitate to contact our Product Expert Team directly at support@usetallie.com or 888-874-1118 Ext 2. We hope to see you there!