The past 18 months have had a profound impact on individuals and businesses alike. Meetings and events are no exception, as organizers first scrambled to pivot physical events to a digital environment, and now companies find themselves with a new set of needs as in-person meetings pick back up. Increasingly, organizations now demand integrated solutions to manage the risk, spend, compliance, and attendee experience of meetings and events.
The pressure to meet these needs is only increasing, with employees eager to get back on the road for events and meetings. In fact, when asked to rank their top concerns if business travel does not increase over the next 12 months, the inability to develop and maintain business connections was the top concern among global business travelers, according to a recent survey of nearly 4,000 business travelers across 25 markets.
That’s why today, we are pleased to announce the availability of Concur Event Management by Groupize, centralizing all aspects of meeting and event planning and management in a single solution. The new solution extension, delivered through the SAP Concur partner ecosystem, combines more comprehensive spend governance related to event travel, better compliance with company policies, and a user-friendly experience for event and meeting organizers.
Concur Event Management simplifies the self-management of meetings, providing:
- Controls and compliance. A highly configurable rules engine provides flexibility to set policies that fit a company’s unique needs while increasing compliance for sourcing meetings and events spending. Integration with Concur Travel makes it easier than ever for attendees to register and book travel in a seamless self-service registration experience.
- Duty of care. Increased visibility into travelers’ whereabouts so companies can act quickly if needed to ensure their employees and guests are healthy and safe.
- Spend governance. Reporting and analytics dashboards allow customers to track and review cross-event spend, logistics, reports, and attendee metrics. Concur Event Management gives customers visibility into the true cost of an event by accurately and holistically capturing event spend, resulting in more accurate budgeting and better supplier negotiations.
- Employee experience. Concur Event Management is designed to be self-service and easy to use, empowering occasional meeting organizers, as well as professional event planners, to increase efficiency by reducing unnecessary back and forth with third parties.
SAP Concur remains committed to delivering industry-leading solutions that simplify processes, strengthen controls and compliance, and deliver exceptional business outcomes. With Concur Event Management, now available in the U.S., we’re proud to partner with Groupize to support the entire lifecycle of a meeting or event. From planning, event website creation, supplier sourcing, registration and travel booking to attendee management, this single solution for both professional and occasional planners, making complex and cumbersome processes more efficient.
For more information, please visit concur.com.