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Effectively Configuring and Utilizing Concur Travel & Expense

Introduction

Results from a recent Peeriosity poll regarding the system utilized to support Travel & Expense processing showed that 80% of our member companies currently utilize the Concur Travel Expense system.  This research abstract highlights the experiences of one of those companies in implementing this system and what they have learned in carrying out this major system implementation.

Company Experience

In a recent Peeriosity PeercastTM, a Peeriosity member company shared their experiences implementing the Concur Travel Expense solution.  They first explained the importance of understanding the project model, including reading all the configuration documentation provided by Concur, understanding all of the available options, identifying requirements outside of the normal Concur setup, and the importance of documenting and discussing requirements before any configuration begins.  They also emphasized that while Concur provides tools and templates to assist with the system configuration, they are not meant to replace more in depth efforts related to process requirements and design.

Some of the other points made regarding the system implementation include the following:

  • Don’t underestimate the scope of the project
  • Don’t make Concur a better version of your old system
  • Don’t underestimate resource requirements for the project
  • Allow time for pre-work
  • Engage knowledgeable resources
  • Divide and conquer
  • Conduct group discussions
  • Understand that your organization is the driver, not Concur
  • Review and update Travel and Expense policies
  • Evaluate receipt requirements and report approvals

As described by our feature company, the Concur solution allows for a rapid deployment, but a company must ensure that its suppliers (including their bank, travel booking company, and IT group) are on board, that the Legal team is included early to review the usage agreements, and that cardholders are properly prepared with appropriate training on new procedures and policies.  Additional details regarding the Concur implementation can be found on the Peeriosity member website, including the PeercastTM recording, presentation material, and detailed poll results.

iPollingTM Results Review

In conjunction with the PeercastTM, a poll was developed using Peeriosity’s iPollingTM technology.  The first of two poll questions addressed the issue of what solution companies are currently using for Travel Expense.  The results are interesting, with 80% of the companies utilizing Concur, with 68% of those being satisfied, 8% neutral, and 4% indicating that it needs improvement.  The remaining 20% are either currently evaluating the Concur solution (8%) or have evaluated it and decided not to proceed (12%).

The second poll question then looked at the level of satisfaction the surveyed companies had with their Concur implementation, for the 80% of companies who have implemented.  Reviewing the results, 19% indicated that they had a great experience, with no major issues, while 57% said it was a good experience, with any issues being resolved without too much trouble.  The remaining 24% said that they had wished it had gone a little smoother.

Some of the poll comments made by Peeriosity members regarding this poll include the following:

Computers & Electronics Member:  Concur is a great tool, but getting resources to troubleshoot issues or work on improvements can be a challenge.

Manufacturing Member:  Roll-out in Australia had issues last year, roll-outs in other countries for this year are taking longer than expected. Also having issues with their Expense-It app posting duplicate transactions globally.

Computers & Electronics Member:  This is a good system, effective as a tool for monitoring spend and also a user friendly experience for those submitting expenses

Closing Summary

The popularity of the Concur Travel Expense solution among major corporations is not a surprise, with its rich functionality and leading-edge technology platform making it an excellent choice for many companies.  The ability to effectively implement this system is key to its long-term value to the company, with the not only the need to configure it properly being critical to its success, but also carrying out the proper due diligence in such areas as process design, policy updates, and cardholder training.

What is the status at your company with respect to the system utilized for Travel Expense?  Is your current solution meeting your needs or is it time to take another look at this critical technology?

Who are your peers and how are you collaborating with them?

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“iPollingTM” is available exclusively to Peeriosity member company employees, with consultants or vendors prohibited from participating or accessing content. Members have full visibility to all respondents and their comments. Using Peeriosity’s integrated email system, Peer MailTM, members can easily communicate at any time with others who participated in iPollingTM.

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