Top Trends in FinTech: 2017 and Beyond

While banks, insurers and investment managers may have been slow to adopt advanced systems to support and streamline processes in the past, fintech is now taking the world by storm. In fact, the PwC Global FinTech Report 2017 noted that investments in fintech will continue to increase over the next three to five years, as financial service providers cement partnerships with technology vendors.

Fintech offers considerable benefits for organizations in this industry – according to the report, companies working on fintech projects can expect to see a 20 percent return on investment on average.

As fintech continues to garner interest and become a more pressing part of financial service providers’ critical infrastructure, decision-makers must stay ahead of the curve and select the solutions that will offer the most value for their organizations. Top-trending solutions provide a jumping off point, showing executives the potential these systems can have for their internal and customer-facing processes.

Which fintech solutions should financial service providers consider first? Let’s take a look at the top trends for this year, and beyond:

1) Wider Acceptance of Fintech Solutions

The banking and financial service sector has historically hesitated when it comes to new technologies due to the industry’s needs for high-level security and data privacy. As a result, fintech options floundered in the past, as execs struggled with the best ways to balance security and compliance needs alongside new technological capabilities.

The situation has changed drastically recently, however, as more financial firms are seeking out advanced fintech solutions to address their most pressing industry pain points. While there are still important considerations to make with the implementation of innovative platforms and systems, the days of hesitation toward new technology are nearing an end.

“A large number of our clients are taking aggressive action to determine how they can use these technologies within their ecosystems,” noted Dilip Krishna, Deloitte & Touche LLP managing director and head of innovation. “They’re acting as venture capitalists and investing in their internal projects to see what specific problems these technologies can solve.”

2) Blockchain Becomes More Popular

Digital currencies initially threatened financial service providers, but recent months have seen more acceptance, especially given the rise of blockchain technology. Chargebacks911 explained that this technology comes as an alternative to the traditional transaction method of ACH clearing, and includes an accessible digital ledger to keep track of payments in real-time. In this way, transaction delays can be eliminated and overall use of digital currency can be streamlined for both banks and consumers.

Currently, more financial institutions are exploring the use of blockchain, and experts predict it will only gain popularity as a more efficient means of transactional record-keeping.

Mobile devices add efficiency.Mobile devices add efficiency.

3) Mobile Capabilities Help Level the Playing Field

The ability to use a mobile device to get work done on the go is a growing demand in every industry, and the financial service sector is no different. Fortune contributor Chirag Kulkarni noted that mobility is helping organizations enhance their customer focus, and is improving market competition for older financial service providers as they look to become more modern.

What’s more, support for mobile capabilities hasn’t just been a boon for banking customers – financial service providers have also found success with employee mobility, especially for workers that travel or operate from outside the office. The ability to leverage a mobile device helps ensure collaboration and productivity, and will continue to be an essential capability for financial service staff in the future.

4) Increasing Interest in Automation

An increase in automated processes has been seen across nearly every industry, and fintech is also riding this wave. Automation helps cut down on manual processes, improving efficiency while helping to cut down on human error. Automation, especially as it relates to transaction processing, will continue to be a top focus in financial service technology.

Leveraging Fintech Trends: Mobility and Automation

Financial service providers seeking ways to incorporate these trends within their businesses should consider all of their available options. Mobility and automation are especially key, and an expense reporting solution that supports both can provide a win-win for organizations and their employees.

An industry-leading expense reporting solution enables employees to track and submit expenses via their mobile devices, reducing the potential for lost receipts and unrecorded spending. In addition, such technology provides the best visibility for managers while supporting automated receipt processes and credit card transaction matching.

To see how an expense reporting solution could benefit your organization, contact Tallie for a free trial.

Tallie Expense Management Software – September Webinars

Throughout the month of September, we will be conducting free weekly webinars on several subjects to make sure 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 filled with information ranging from product guidance to live Q&A with Tallie Product Experts.

Register for a free September 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, September 5, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Tuesday, September 12, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST **SPECIAL: How To Use Tallie Android & iOS Apps**

Tuesday, September 19, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Tuesday, September 26, 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, September 7, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

Thursday, September 21, 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST

CORPORATE CREDIT CARD TRAINING

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

Register:

Thursday, September 14, 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, September 28, 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!

Tallie Expense Management – June Webinar Schedule

During the month of June, we will be hosting free webinars on a variety of subjects to help you get the most out of Tallie for your Expense Management needs.

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

Register for a free June webinar below!

TALLIE USER TRAINING

  1. Run through the creation of Tallie expense reports.
  2. Share the tips and tricks for Expense Management.
  3. Live Q & A session for any questions you may have.

Register:

Tuesday June 6th 8:30 – 9:00 AM PDT

Tuesday June 13th 8:30 – 9:00 AM PDT 

Tuesday June 20th 8:30 – 9:00 AM PDT **SPECIAL: How To Use Tallie Android & iOS Apps**

Tuesday June 27th 8:30 – 9:00 AM PDT

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. Live Q & A session for any questions you may have.

Register:

Thursday June 8th 8:30 – 9:00 AM PDT

Thursday June 22nd 8:30 – 9:00 AM PDT

APPROVER TRAINING

  1. Walk through the expense reports approval process within Tallie.
  2. Show the expense report edit feature for specified approvers.
  3. Live Q & A session for any questions you may have.

Register:

Thursday June 15th 8:30 – 9:00 AM PDT

ACCOUNTANT TRAINING

  1. Run through a variety of expense reporting 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. Live Q & A session for any questions you may have.

Register:

Thursday June 1st 8:30 – 9:00 AM PDT

Thursday June 29th 8:30 – 9:00 AM PDT

If you have any questions about Tallie’s expense reporting 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!

New Year, New Features and Better Usability: Tallie Expense Report Software 11.4 Release Notes

We’re starting the new year off right with a few expense report features that we think will jumpstart your productivity. Rather than having one unifying theme, we analyzed our feature backlog and picked the ones that deliver the most value for the broadest cross section of our clients. Take a look — we hope you enjoy!

New action menu featuring new Transfer Expense and Copy Expense functions

Tallie has always given users flexibility to perform all kinds of extra tasks on purchases prior to submission, but we are now providing centralized access to key tasks and functions in the new expense action menu. Included in this new menu are two new functions: Transfer Expense and Copy Expense.

Tallie Expense Report Software - New Action Menu

The new action menu holds all expense actions under one roof, including the new Copy and Transfer functions.

Transfer Expense

Perhaps you created a free trial by mistake and started importing expenses? Or you mistakenly created an expense in your own account instead of one you manage for another user? Transfer Expense functionality is now available for admins, Executive Assistants, and users with multiple Tallie accounts on the Purchases page, and in the mass edit action bar on Purchases and Expense Reports pages when more than one expense is selected. To transfer an expense, simply hover over the new action menu in the expense tile (also available in Purchases page Table view and Spreadsheet view), and then select an account to receive this expense. For more information, visit our support site and read our article on Transfer Expense.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Copy Expense

Copy Expense and Transfer Expense buttons are also available in the mass edit action bar on the Expense Reports page.

Copy Expense

Do you make purchases at the same store for the same reason? Does your company give you daily spending allowances? If so, the new Copy feature is going to save you a lot of time. Copy is available in the new action menu on the Purchases page, and in the mass edit action bar on Purchases and Expense Reports pages when only one expense is selected. Instead of entering all the details into a new expense, you’ll simply need to select a date to copy the expense to.

Bank Data Delivery now supports MasterCard

In the last release, we introduced our very own Credit Cards integration, Bank Data Delivery for Visa and American Express account holders. We’re excited to announce that this integration now supports MasterCard as well. For more information on Bank Data Delivery, please see Enhanced Corporate Card Control: Tallie Expense Reports Software 11.3 Release Notes.

[Beta] Auto-deduct standard commute from mileage expenses

The IRS has limits on businesses claiming mileage-based business expense deductions, specifically targeting deduction of the distance traveled during an employee’s daily commute. Many companies require employees to deduct their standard commute between home and work from most mileage trips in order to be in compliance with this IRS rule. Standard Commute Beta is here to help streamline the process for the clients who may need it as we gather feedback and continue to improve this feature.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Auto-deduct standard commute from mileage expenses

Tallie memorizes your previous standard commute distance so you’ll simply need to enter the start and end points.

Once Standard Commute has been enabled in your account, users will get an additional field, Standard Commute Distance, in the mileage edit view. The value entered here will be deducted from the Distance In Miles (calculated using the to and from addresses or manually adjusted) to get the Total Reimbursable Distance. Previously used Standard Commute Distance is memorized, so the next time the user creates a mileage, he/she will simply need to enter to and from addresses and the Reimbursable Distance will be calculated. Once the feature is enabled, any mileage expense without a standard commute deduction will be flagged as such.

Tallie Expense Reports Software - Standard Commute Badge

Once the feature has been enabled in your account, mileage expenses without standard commute deduction will be flagged.

This feature is currently in beta mode and will be released to our general user base after we receive feedback from our early evaluators and make further improvements. If you’re interested in being a part of the beta team, please contact our Product Experts and we will enable the feature for you.

Product enhancements & fixes

  • List of monthly active users is now available: Billing admins can now see a list of monthly active users to date at the bottom of Usage & Pricing tab in Regular enterprise, or Reseller Management tab in Affiliate enterprise (click on the individual Resold account to view active users for it).
  • Fixed QBO export issue where users were unable to export expenses with Projects when Billable feature is disabled in QBO.
  • Fixed the issue where end users were unable to see credit card profiles that have errors.
  • Fixed mobile issue where adjusted mileage distance would revert back to Google calculation on save.

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.

Enhanced Corporate Card Control: Tallie Expense Reports Software 11.3 Release Notes

Here at Tallie, we understand that credit card transaction management is mission-critical for your expense report software. Our goal is to provide the most reliable credit card options among all the expense tracking products on the market, and streamline the processes for significant time savings. In this release, we are introducing our “Bank Data Delivery” credit card import experience for Visa and American Express. Additionally, we added the ability to export corporate card expenses to bank accounts in QuickBooks.

Bank Data Delivery Credit Card Feeds

At Tallie, we take pride on the award-winning integrations we’ve built from the ground up. In order to support an even wider range of financial institutions and provide comprehensive in-house support for credit cards, we implemented our newest credit card integration, Bank Data Delivery. Bank Data Delivery is the fourth credit card transaction import method we provide, which will coexist with credit card aggregator, statement upload, and Direct Connect (OFX). Because it requires an agreement with your bank, to initiate a Bank Data Delivery connection admins must contact a Product Expert, who will enable the feature, walk you through the setup and ensure a successful data delivery from your bank.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Bank Data Delivery Credit Card Feeds

Bank Data Delivery supports corporate card sub-accounts from Visa and American Express. New sub-account shows up automatically when the bank sends transactions attributed to it.

Bank Data Delivery is optimal for businesses with commercial cards that need support for tens to hundreds of corporate card sub-accounts. Once a profile setup has been completed, the credit card feed will appear like a normal feed as our current connection methods. Similar to the functionality when a new account is detected by our aggregator or PEX, when the bank sends transactions attributed to a new sub-account, it will show up on the Credit Cards page automatically.

At this time, Visa and American Express are fully supported. We plan to roll out Bank Data Delivery to MasterCard in early 2017. See our KB article for more details.

Export Corporate Card Transactions to Bank Accounts in QuickBooks

Admins who use Tallie to track debit card and/or bank account transactions (or use our PEX Card integration) can now export to QBD bank accounts! QBO users have had this functionality for a while and now QBD users can do the same.

To use this feature, simply map the corporate card to a bank account on Manage Lists > Company Cards page, and export per usual. Non-reimbursable charge export generates a check, while non-reimbursable credit export generates a deposit. Note that both charge and credit are exported to the specific, individual account mapped to the account on the Company Cards page. This feature also honors export settings including “Send merchant name to accounting” and custom payment memo.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Export Corporate Card Transactions to Bank Accounts in QuickBooks

Non-reimbursable charges are exported to the Bank account mapped to the company card.

 

Tallie Expense Report Software - Export Corporate Card Transactions to Bank Accounts in QuickBooks

Non-reimbursable credits are exported as deposits to the Bank account mapped to the Company Card. The “Received From” field contains the merchant name.

New Version of TallieConnect for QuickBooks Desktop Users

We have updated our QuickBooks Desktop sync tool TallieConnect to version 11.1.30. This version addresses the export duplication issues for customers in hosted environment and has been fully tested for QB 2017 compatibility.

Tallie Expense Report Software - TallieConnect Wrong File Detection

Warning when the selected QuickBooks file is not the same as the previously-synced file for the logged-in enterprise.

For admins who manage multiple Tallie accounts, we also made it harder to sync the wrong QB file by displaying a warning when the selected file to sync is different from the previously-synced one.

Tallie Expense Report Software - New TallieConnect Settings

New Settings menu: Ability to allow background syncing and turn off notifications.

Additionally, we made some changes to improve user experience, including the ability to suppress notifications and sounds in Settings, ability to allow TallieConnect to do background syncing, which will prevent QuickBooks from opening a secondary window when the correct file is already open in the primary window, and display a notification when Tallie is in maintenance mode. Download and install the latest version now to take full advantage of TallieConnect!

Additional Enhancements & Fixes

  • Sync Settings: Ask a Product Expert about configurable sync restrictions and the ability to suppress billable flag on export. (Only available to be configured by a Product Expert)
  • New Currency: Tunisian Dinar (TND)
  • CSV Export Template: We have added two additional Tallie Field options for Custom Export Date.
  • Intacct Multi-Entity: Ability to mass update “Export expenses to” in People list
  • Fixed additional approvers disappearing or not saving issue.
  • Fixed various QB export issues, including erroneous error “Merchant name already exists,” not billable expenses with project info being exported as billable, and various incidents of reports being stuck in Queued.
  • Fixed Analytics page fails to load when sorted by Merchant.

Happy holidays from Tallie!

We love your feedback, because it helps us improve the experience for everyone. Let us know how these updates help your workflow. Reach out to our Product Expert team at support@usetallie.com or by calling 888-874-1118 Ext 2.

The Fastest Expense Coding You’ve Ever Seen: Tallie 11.2 Expense Report Software Release Notes Featuring Spreadsheet View

We’ve been working on a new feature on the Purchases page for the past few months and we’re excited to unveil it in this release — the Purchases Page Spreadsheet view! Built with usability and efficiency in mind, the Spreadsheet view is the easiest-to-edit view on the Purchases page thus far. In addition, we implemented notifications to approvers when reports have been unsubmitted, added support for export as draft to Intacct, and addressed a variety of export issues that were raised since the last release. Read on for more details!

Purchases Page Spreadsheet View

The much-anticipated Spreadsheet view is now live! In the upper-right corner of the Purchases page, you can now switch between the Tallie signature tile view, the table view, and the latest Spreadsheet view. The Spreadsheet view is designed to provide power users a way to rapidly code and edit expenses by incorporating tab and return commands to navigate between cells. By displaying all expense details in individual cells, the Spreadsheet view also offers enhanced visibility.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Purchases Page Spreadsheet View

The Purchases Page Spreadsheet View features in-line edit and tab and return commands to navigate between cells.

Similar to Microsoft Excel, hitting the Return/Enter key saves the current cell’s content and navigates to the cell below, and the Tab key moves the cursor to the cell on the right after saving the current cell’s content. The Tab and Return magic doesn’t end here. Holding down the shift key and hitting Return saves the current cell’s content and takes you to the cell above it, while Shift + Tab saves the current cell before moving the cursor to the cell on the left. Just like Tile and Table views, use the category icons to select a few expenses. Once these expenses are selected, you may choose to edit all, delete all or start a report with the selected expenses.

We released Spreadsheet as a beta feature as we continue to fine-tune it, and we’re excited to hear your feedback and suggestions if you have any! Please note at this time Spreadsheet view is not supported in Firefox or IE browsers (including Edge).

Export Expense Reports as Draft to Intacct

The majority of our Intacct customers rely on Tallie to handle their approval process for expenses prior to export to Intacct. However, some of you have requested additional flexibility to allow for later approval processes in Intacct after export from Tallie. In order to serve your needs, we now offer export to both the Accounts Payable module (bills) and Time & Expense module (expense reports) in Draft state, in addition to the already-supported Approved state. Please note that a manual process is required in Intacct to mark these Draft bills and expense reports as Approved prior to payment.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Export to Intacct as Draft

Exporting reimbursable expenses in Draft state provides additional flexibility for exported data in Intacct.

Notifications to Approvers When Reports Have Been Unsubmitted

Tallie now sends a notification to anyone who received an approval email when the report has been unsubmitted, regardless of whether they’ve approved the report or not. (We released this feature early so you might have noticed it already!)

Tallie Expense Report Software - Unsubmit Notifications

Email notifications are sent to approvers when a report has been unsubmitted.

Additional Enhancements & Fixes

    • Analytics Page: New data added to Analytics CSV download, including credit card column, submit date, approved date, and export date.
    • Custom Payment Memo: We have added additional fields for customizing your payment memo on export. Please refer to our Customizing Payment Memo support article for more info.
    • Intacct Users: Stalled sync issue observed in Tallie accounts connected via Console credentials is fixed.
    • New Currency: GTQ Guatemalan Quetzal
    • Fixed various export issues, including page refresh being needed to see export error details, exported reports not being marked as Exported, incorrect expense item status messages when export destinations are split, hidden export errors causing reports to be stuck in Queued, reports being stuck in Queued when QBO token is bad, and various incidents of reports being stuck in export states that were unrelated to TallieConnect or QBO statuses.

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.