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

New Tier-Based Pricing Takes Effect August 1st, 2019: Making Our Pricing As Straightforward As Our Product

Hello! 

In case we haven’t met, my name is Claire Milligan and I serve as the General Manager of Tallie and Co-Chief Product Officer for the Certify/Chrome River family of brands. I started at the company in 2012, prior to the public launch of Tallie, and was part of the team that conceived of our active user pricing model “way back when.” Since then, we’ve learned a lot and it’s time for our pricing model to catch up. Today, we introduced a new tier-based pricing model for new customers and I’d like to take a moment to explain how and why we arrived at this new structure.

The new pricing model includes three tiers of functionality, based on integration: Basic Accounting, Cash Control and Cloud ERP. Each tier comes with a set number of included users for a base price. For every active user over the included number in any given month, a customer is charged an overage in arrears. We will continue to calculate active usage in the exact same way as before, registering a user as active once an expense has been created in their account. The full pricing breakout is presented below:

Pricing Model Confusion

At Tallie, our mantra is to make our product seamless and easy-to-use for all users, but it seems our pricing structure didn’t live up to this brand promise. Our previous model of having a $50 minimum that would be removed once an active usage rate exceeded $50 was cumbersome to explain. In speaking to clients and investors, I resorted to miming a graph with one arm as a minimum and the other arm showing increasing active usage eclipsing that minimum. When you find yourself using interpretive dance, it’s a clear indicator that you have missed the mark. Plus, you should see the crazy logic that has gone into generating a Tallie invoice. We pre-bill a minimum, then refund it, or just hold on to it, all depending on how many users were active in the month and whether there was a proration involved. Not seamless. Not easy-to-understand. 

First, Analyze Impact

Knowing we wanted to simplify our pricing, we underwent extensive modeling against our current database of customers to determine how to best align price points with current scales of customers using a variety of combinations of feature sets. We were on a mission to simplify, not to ratchet up prices. We wanted to make sure there wouldn’t be a significant difference in invoice amount for a customer who bought our service a month ago as if they had bought our service today. Because the new pricing model is different, the price point for an equivalent customer is rarely identical, however. This is why we have not automatically shifted any customers to our new pricing model and have no plans to do so in the future.

Unpredictable Costs

We built Tallie to be an excellent solution for businesses that prefer a streamlined, simple workflow that does not require accounting expertise for effective, scalable use. As a result, our customers tend to be on the smaller end of size, having tens or hundreds of employees, rather than thousands. However, with only a $50 minimum, any business with greater than 5 employees did not have a way to predict the cost of using Tallie from month to month, a variation that swings more wildly as companies become larger. In fact, we noticed a trend of customers asking us for a higher monthly minimum in order to lock in a predictable invoice amount. We needed a model that would allow a client to expect a flat recurring monthly charge that might vary only occasionally with seasonality or company growth.

Value-Added Integrations

In our family of brands, Tallie is the product known for plug-and-play accounting integrations, which feature Activity-Based Sync (did you see the news that we just added NetSuite to our list!?). Our Bill.com integration can support a ‘triangle sync’ configuration that keeps QuickBooks records and Bill.com records always in sync and empowers a dynamic export configuration to both systems. Our Sage Intacct integration natively supports both shared multi-entity and distributed multi-entity environments, allowing easy attribution of expenses across entities and currencies. Our NetSuite integration is well on its way to parity with the Sage Intacct integration. We believe there is an inherent value to these integrations above and beyond our standard offerings for Xero, QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop. Additionally, the need for these higher-end integrations tends to grow with the size of customer, so the model mapped very well for our customer base.

For those of you who are already customers of Tallie, you’re welcome to opt in to the new pricing model at any time after August 1, 2019. Simply visit the Billing area of your account, within the Settings pages, to view options and convert your account. Or, stick with your current model if you prefer!

For any prospects evaluating Tallie for your own use, feel free to create a Free Trial and select the pricing plan that makes the most sense for your business when you are ready to buy (some lower-level plans may not be available, depending on the integration functionality you have activated in your trial). If your business is at an even larger scale than our current tiers, a sales expert will be happy to negotiate a custom flat rate and active user overage pricing that makes sense for you. Please keep in mind our changes will go into effect August 1, 2019.

Thank you all for many happy years together and, together with our team here at Tallie, I look forward to bringing you more simplified, innovative approaches to integrated expense software in the coming years.

Thanks,
Claire Milligan
General Manager, Tallie
Co-Chief Product Officer, Certify/Chrome River

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.

Intacct Advantage 2017: It was a blast, see you again next year!

And that’s a wrap! Intacct Advantage 2017 has come to a close. We hope all who attended this year’s event left the city of lights feeling like high rollers. The conference floor was buzzing in Las Vegas. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit us. It was a thrill to debut our combined Nexonia and Tallie booth.

We hope you enjoyed the refreshments and gifts! If you were still up at sunrise, our hangover kits definitely came in handy. Whether you came by for a demo or to recharge your conference juices, we had a great time chatting with new and old friends.

Kudos to our very own Director of UX and Product Engineering, Claire Milligan, who took the podium for a presentation on driving accurate forecasting through employee engagement and financial tools.

And we’d like to thank all of our partners who joined us at Top Golf for our East v. West team shootout. It was a great opportunity to come together for some face-to-face time and friendly competition. We didn’t all hit the greens, but we all took our swings! Bringing so many powerhouse names under one roof is a clear indication of how quickly the fintech industry continues to grow. It’s an exciting time to join the conversation and collaborate with organizations working to better the accounting process.

If you’re still gambling with paper receipts and excel sheets, check us out here. We look forward to seeing you all again at Intacct Advantage 2018!

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.

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 12.2 Expense Report Software Release Notes

In the last few weeks, we’ve been focusing on improving the performance of our brand new time product as well as addressing high priority issues. In addition, we’re officially releasing one of our most popular beta features, Executive Assistant. Read on for more details!

Executive Assistant is now out of Beta

If there is an administrative assistant at your company who manages expense entry, coding, matching and/or submission, this feature is for you!

You can now enable the Executive Assistant functionality from the Features page in Tallie settings. Once Executive Assistant is enabled, an individual user can be given the “Access/Manage Other Accounts” permission. From there, you may assign the user a specific subset of permissions for management of others’ accounts.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Executive Assistant

Executive Assistants are able to manage specific tasks without receiving full access to the admin account.

Executive assistants are able to switch between profiles easily without needing to sign out of their personal Tallie account.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Executive Assistant

Executive Assistants can switch profiles easily in the user settings menu.

We’ve collected valuable feedback in the beta phase and fine tuned the feature in order to prepare it for wide release. Thank you to all who participated in the beta program!

Sort and Filter in Tallie Time

The sort and filter for the time product shares the same basic idea as that for expenses, with the addition of dimensions. Depending on your accounting system and company settings, the availability of certain dimensions in the sort and filter menu may vary.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Sort and Filter

To activate sort and filter, simply click Sort Time Entries By and select an option to narrow your list of time entries. Depending on your selection, you can filter the results even further, such as switching between ascending and descending order or choosing to view all time entries submitted within a specific date range.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Sort by submitted date

In addition to the Time Entry page, the sort and filter feature is also available on Approval and Export pages, giving approvers and exporters more control over how the time entries are presented to them.

Tallie Expense Report Software - Approval page sort and filter

The sort and filter functionality is available on Time Entry, Approval and Export pages.

Product Enhancements & Bug Fixes

  • Time rejection email now includes rejection reason
  • Fixed Time Entry page not loading in Safari: For optimized results in Tallie Time, please continue using Chrome during the beta phase.
  • Fixed the issue where Executive Assistant’s active dates are not honored
  • Fixed the issue where Executive Assistant settings show “Track Time” in expense-only enterprises
  • Made sure we handle processing of non-standard PDF files more gracefully so they don’t slow down general receipt processing speeds
  • Made sure we only validate for projects and classes when exporting to QuickBooks
  • Made sure auto-import for credit card statement upload skips payments
  • Fixed the issue where Approver tab is missing in newly-created resold accounts

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.

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!