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Travel & Expense Trends
Three Questions with Elena Donio
We recently sat down with Elena Donio, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Emerging Business, to discuss the latest Concur Breeze happenings. Q: It’s been a few months since the launch of Concur Breeze. What are some of the highlights...

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Travel & Expense Trends
These Days, the Office Is Wherever You Happen to Be
Seeing all the news and excitement last week about people queuing up in long lines waiting for their chance at a new iPhone reminds me once again about how "mobile" our culture has become. Forget about talking and texting on the go, now we're...

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Products in Action
The Concur Breeze Difference
Chances are, unless you’ve worked for a larger organization during the last decade, you’re new to the world of expense automation. Luckily for small business owners like you, Concur has deep roots in helping companies of all sizes streamline and...

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Products in Action
Welcome to Say Breeze
Welcome to ConcurBreeze.com! Concur Breeze is a new online expense reporting service designed specifically for small businesses and I’m thrilled you are checking out our new blog, Say Breeze – a space for us to discuss all things small business....

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Products in Action
Could the Next Eruption Come from Business Travelers?
Barry Padgett was formerly Chief Product and Strategy Officer for SAP Concur This week has seen the start of yet another airline labor strike, this time with the cabin crews from British Airways walking out for three rounds of five day-long...

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Products in Action
Iceland Erupts, Business Travel Implodes
Barry Padgett was formerly Chief Product and Strategy Officer for SAP Concur Without a doubt, you heard about the 20 March ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano that caused chaos to business travelers across the globe. As you saw on the news or...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Tough Talk on Britain's Spending Cuts, But Big Challenges Ahead
Barry Padgett was formerly Chief Product and Strategy Officer for SAP Concur On Monday, George Osborne, the Chancellor of Britain’s new coalition government, announced the results of a comprehensive spending review designed to identify cost...

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Products in Action
BBC Pops the Expenses Bubble
Barry Padgett was formerly Chief Product and Strategy Officer for SAP Concur Managing employee T&E spend has received a huge amount of coverage across the media since the MPs expenses scandal. On a positive note, the enhanced media buzz around...

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Products in Action
Expense Reporting for Small Businesses… It’s a Breeze!
I’m thrilled to announce that today we launched Concur Breeze, our new online expense reporting service designed specifically for small businesses. A 30-day free-trial of the service is available now at www.concurbreeze.com, and can also be found...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Concur Breeze: An Inside Look
We’re coming off a successful launch of Concur Breeze, our new online expense service designed specifically for small businesses. Reception to the service has been quite positive, with the Silicon Alley Insider recently naming Concur Breeze one of...

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Travel & Expense Trends
My Interview with ABTN
Barry Padgett was formerly Chief Product and Strategy Officer for SAP Concur As the General Manager and Head of European Operations for Concur, I’m deeply committed to focusing on our operations over here in Europe where several key developments –...

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Travel & Expense Trends
T&E Automation Trends in Germany
Barry Padgett was formerly Chief Product and Strategy Officer for SAP Concur A few months ago, Concur and FINANCE Magazine presented a webinar to German finance departments. During the webinar, attendees were asked to take a brief poll, and I...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Concur Wins at Business Travel Awards
Barry Padgett was formerly Chief Product and Strategy Officer for SAP Concur It’s always a great feeling to be the bearer of good news, and I’m fortunate enough to have a very exciting update from our European business to share with you today. On...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Concur & VAT Reclaim
Barry Padgett was formerly Chief Product and Strategy Officer for SAP Concur Earlier this month, I had a coffee with Rachel Fielding from Accountancy Age and we got into an interesting discussion about some of the key issues currently impacting...

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Products in Action
Rise in Air Passenger Duty Leaves Businesses Grounded
Barry Padgett was formerly Chief Product and Strategy Officer for SAP Concur Business travelers across the UK were faced with another challenge a couple of weeks ago as the UK government announced that air passenger duty will rise for the second...

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Travel & Expense Trends
ACTE Executive Forum in Johannesburg
Barry Padgett was formerly Chief Product and Strategy Officer for SAP Concur As someone who has been lucky enough to work on several continents throughout my career with Concur, I am passionate about taking the integrated travel and expense...

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Products in Action
Chaos in the Snow: Businesses Pay the Price
Barry Padgett was formerly Chief Product and Strategy Officer for SAP Concur Readers in the UK will be all too familiar with the wintry weather conditions here at the moment, but I thought I’d take a moment to dwell on the effect this has on...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Concur Breeze Helps You Focus on What Matters—Your Business
Just the other day we had pie in the office, brought in to celebrate a birthday. The pie came from a local pie shop in Seattle, from a place that had just opened a few months ago by someone who, by his own admission, just really, really loves pie....

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Products in Action
A Name that Really Says Small Business
I’m pleased to share an exciting change. Concur Breeze will now be known as Concur Small Business edition. Same breezy attitude and ease-of-use we’ve always had, but now with a name that really says "small business.” This means all the features...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Living Authentically, Driving Results
Over the last few years, I have had the pleasure of watching Concur’s Small and Mid-Market Business division transform from 30 employees to over 300 globally while retaining our culture and holding our values dear.Last week, I had the chance to...

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Travel & Expense Trends
3 Insights for Small Businesses from the Concur Expense IQ Report
Did you know that in 2012 small businesses (companies with less than 500 employees) spent more on travel and expenses across all major categories than their enterprise counterparts? I can tell you this has nothing to do with extravagant travel...

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Travel & Expense Trends
5 Tips for Taking Your Small Business Global
When growing up means going global. It’s definitely not easy! At Concur, our answer was to look beyond the enterprise level companies we were currently serving in the U.S., and look at the small and mid-market companies. Then, we looked at the...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Growing Future Business Leaders
This time of year is always exciting and chaotic - full of promise, celebration, and a lot of hard work.  At Concur, we are wrapping our fiscal year and preparing for all of the opportunity ahead in FY15.  The excitement continues at home where...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Focusing on what matters at Fusion 2015
What matters most? If we were to ask that question to each of our clients and partners attending our 12th annual Concur Fusion event this week, we would get 1,700 unique and compelling answers. Every organization -- large, medium or small -- has...

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Innovation
Genius is collaborative
Albert Einstein. Marie Curie. Picasso. These great masters represent a few of the names that commonly spring to mind when we think about “genius.” The word typically evokes an image of a solitary figure gifted in math, science or the arts. The...

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Who We Are
Discovery and delivery
The opportunity to discover – to have a-ha moments – is one of the great benefits we enjoy at Concur. With more than 30 million users of our travel and expense solutions, we’re continuously building insight, uncovering trends and generating ideas...

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Business Travel
On Trend: Automating Expense Reports
Barry Padgett was formerly Chief Product and Strategy Officer for SAP Concur Here at Concur, we pride ourselves on making business travel painless, seamless, and simple, with expense reports that virtually write themselves. It’s an approach that...

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Small Business
Embrace technology to grow – 2nd in a series on Growth
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur To survive and thrive, any organization needs to grow, as we mentioned in our last post. Today, one of the most powerful ways is by embracing technology to transform the business....

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Small Business
Innovate to grow
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur Businesses don’t grow and thrive by doing the same old thing, and only that thing, over and over. They grow because someone has a new idea, and nurtures it properly. If growth is...

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Small Business
“Dream big, start small” and grow
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur Here at Concur, we have a warm spot in our hearts for National Small Business Week. For over 50 years, The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has taken the opportunity to...

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Innovation
Concur and Office 365 integration: Meeting business travelers where they are
Barry Padgett was formerly Chief Product and Strategy Officer for SAP Concur Office 365 is skyrocketing among business users. Nearly 70 million professionals are actively using Office 365 each month, says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and according...

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Who We Are
Concur partner team announces plans to attend WPC for the first time ever!
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur Open for business – WPC and Concur

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Small Business
Straight talk in uncertain times
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur Current research shows small and midsized business owners are feeling a lot of uncertainty in this election year. But you can continue to build value whether the business cycle is...

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Travel & Expense Trends
To innovate and delight, an ensemble cast makes all the difference
I recently had the honor to introduce Julia Louis-Dreyfus – comedic actress extraordinaire – as a featured keynote speaker at GBTA 2016, the business travel industry’s convention of the year. It was both an honor and a challenge: just how does...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Expense management technology: what have you done for me lately?
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur In today’s competitive environment, it’s more important than ever for small and mid-size companies to make sure they have the right technology in place to grow quickly and...

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Small Business
Common AP practices may be setting SMBs up for financial mistakes
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur ThreeBridge is a fast-growing professional services company whose consultants use cutting-edge technology with all of their clients. But for years, they employed a paper-based...

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Small Business
Four ways small businesses can improve cash flow management for long-term...
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur To survive and thrive, companies need to have a strong grasp of their cash flow. By understanding when, where and how money enters and exits a business, companies can more...

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Small Business
AP Recognition Week: How automating processes helps your AP team all year long
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur We’re celebrating AP Recognition Week (sponsored by the The Institute of Financial Operations) by acknowledging all of the hard work Accounts Payable does within an organization. AP...

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Who We Are
The Power of Community
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur I don’t remember a time when my mom wasn’t exploring a new small business idea. She raised me to be self-sufficient and see the beauty in truly creative ideas, especially those that...

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Who We Are
Meet Our New SAP Concur Community Impact Partners
Jenn McColly was formerly Vice President of Employee Experience at SAP Concur Every day at SAP Concur, we work to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. To ensure a sustainable future, not only do we strive to enable our customers...

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Business Travel
How Women Can Create Their Own Safe Business Travel Experience
Looking back over two decades of business trips, I can tell you I’ve learned a lot about how to better protect my personal safety. Some of the unsafe situations I found myself in were unavoidable, some were not, but I learned from each one....

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Small Business
How to Increase Job Satisfaction and Reduce Stress for your Accounts Payable...
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur AP Recognition Week is an annual opportunity to show appreciation toward our unsung heroes in the finance department: the accounts payable employees who every day focus on making...

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Business Travel
How Your Mobile Phone Helps Keep You Safe When Traveling
In this four-part blog series, we’ve acknowledged the fact that female business travelers face greater risks while on the road, compared to men. Examples include assault, sexual harassment, and personal and identity theft. We’ve also covered the...

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Who We Are
Helping the Most Vulnerable Community Members as We Enter the Holiday Season
Jenn McColly was formerly Vice President of Employee Experience at SAP Concur Today during SAP Concur’s Quarterly Company Meeting, Mike Eberhard and I had the honor of surprising Marty Hoffman, executive director of Mary’s Place, with a $25,000...

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Small Business
Let’s Celebrate Small Business Saturday Every Day of the Year
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur Every November on the Saturday after Black Friday, we celebrate Small Business Saturday – a day to shop at locally owned small businesses and celebrate their community...

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Business Travel
Female Business Travelers: Is Your Safety Protected for Bleisure?
Women are out there getting business done in greater numbers than ever before, booking nearly half of all business travel. This trend is expected to grow and right along with it, women will be tacking leisure time onto their business trips—which...

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Who We Are
Spreading Joy Throughout the Year: How SAP Concur Supported Local Communities...
Jenn McColly was formerly Vice President of Employee Experience at SAP Concur As we close the year, the SAP Concur Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program would like to reflect on the incredible effort SAP Concur and SAP Concur employees...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Empowering SAP Concur Employees' Community Impact
Jenn McColly was formerly Vice President of Employee Experience at SAP Concur Our annual global distribution kick-off event, Ignite, was all about "impact and everyday heroes" this year. Teams were able to reflect on 2018 and get fired up for an...

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Who We Are
Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Conversation Between Mike Eberhard,...
In recognition of International Women’s Day, SAP Concur President Mike Eberhard, and Jenn McColly, Vice President of SAP Concur’s People Connection, sat down to discuss how to create more gender balance in the workforce. Jenn McColly: Mike, gender...

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Who We Are
SAP Concur's Spring into Service Week
Jenn McColly was formerly Vice President of Employee Experience at SAP Concur In North America, SAP Concur kicked off the new quarter with our Spring into Service initiative, an annual SAP corporate social responsibility week where employees give...

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Travel & Expense Trends
Creating a Healthy Balance of Work and Life Can Propel Your Business Forward
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur Running a small business often means wearing many hats, getting pulled in multiple directions, and sometimes spending nights and weekends working. When time is our most precious...

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Who We Are
Summer Search and SAP Concur Supporting Students in Achieving Their Dreams
Jenn McColly was formerly Vice President of Employee Experience at SAP Concur At SAP Concur, we support accessibility to quality education for youth in underserved communities.  As such, we partner with organizations working to remove barriers and...

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Innovation
Books Spend Management Experts Should Read in 2020
Christal Bemont was formerly Chief Revenue Officer for SAP Concur My travels this year have taken me throughout North America and beyond. One commonality I continue to experience is the genuine passion that those who oversee or manage employee...

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Who We Are
Why 2020 Will Be the Year of the “Purpose-Driven Workplace”
Jenn McColly was formerly Vice President of Employee Experience at SAP Concur Chances are you’ve heard it before: The consumer preferences of millennials are killing the market for everything from fabric softener to American cheese. They’re...

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Who We Are
Our Continuing Customer Commitment
Jim Lucier was formerly President of SAP Concur Dear SAP Concur Customers, At this time of global upheaval and disruption in our lives, businesses and communities, I want to share with you how we are approaching this unprecedented situation. SAP...

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Who We Are
Spotlight on Black Businesses at SAP
Jenn McColly was formerly Vice President of Employee Experience at SAP Concur An important movement for racial justice comes to life during a pandemic. Rarely do such world-changing events happen simultaneously, and when they do, it’s important to...

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Who We Are
World Gratitude Day: What Are You Grateful For?
Jenn McColly was formerly Vice President of Employee Experience at SAP Concur Today, September 21, is world Gratitude Day. What does this mean? World Gratitude Day is a day to celebrate the impact of showing appreciation towards others. It affords...

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Travel & Expense Trends
“Bring On the Innovation”: What Industry Leaders Say About the Resumption of...
Jim Lucier was formerly President of SAP Concur When I became president of SAP Concur in July 2019, the business travel sector was roaring, generating well over a trillion dollars in annual global economic activity. Just six months later, the...

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Innovation
Rethinking Travel and AI With Trust As a Critical Component
By: A.G. Lambert, Chief Product Strategy Officer, SAP Concur & Brian Hace, Vice President, Global Travel Strategy, SAP Concur SAP Concur Fusion kicked off today with two compelling panels exploring how the pandemic has impacted two key areas:...

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Innovation
SAP Concur 2022 Predictions
While the effects of the pandemic continued to be felt across the globe in 2021, SAP Concur is optimistic the new year will bring innovation and progress as we embark on the next chapter of the future of work – including business travel, digital...

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