With Spending Cuts in the Future, Technology Can Help

If you’ve seen the news recently, it’s likely you’ve heard that President Obama announced the signing of an executive order which requires federal agencies to cut spending by 20 percent in five target areas: travel, technology, printing, vehicles and promotional items. The order is part of an effort to help the government reduce waste, redundancy and paperwork. It’s hard not to get behind a plan like that.

Over the months, federal employees were asked to get creative and share ideas on how the government could run more efficiently and effectively. After all, they know the processes and systems better than anyone. Who better to lead the way? As a result, more than 20,000 suggestions poured in—recommendations that covered everything from ordering books online instead of paying for shipping, to creating an inventory library of regularly used tools at NASA so those tools aren’t ordered multiple times.

How can technology help with this plan? It can help reduce costs by finding ways to reduce spending in these target areas. It can simplify a previously overly complex system, freeing up people to concentrate on other tasks and activities. It can help find redundancies and extra spending in a time when we’re all trying to make every dollar and every minute count.

With Concur, organizations don’t need to cut back on business travel; we can help them spend smarter. They can capture and report on who is spending what, where they’re spending it, and with whom. Armed with that kind of insight, any organization—including the government—can make smarter decisions about the best way those precious and dwindling budget dollars should be used.

Concur was founded on the belief that technology can help improve our lives, both in business and at home. Twenty years ago, we started with a belief that technology can save people time and find ways to save money for businesses, the public sector, and organizations. It’s a belief we uphold today and will continue to hold on to for the future.

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