To Err Is a Spreadsheet

by Aviva Kram

To Err Is a Spreadsheet

Back in the olden days, spreadsheets were considered the finance team’s dream data structure. Many accountants developed complex algorithms to turn a spreadsheet into a full blown application and fully managed their finances through their spreadsheets. In 2004, CFO.com found that out of 14 technologies discussed with finance executives, spreadsheets were one of the two most widely used tools for running their departments.

Expense Management, For CFOs

A Stranger Among Us

by Karen DeLucia

A Stranger Among Us

World-renowned Italian artist Franco Innocenti lives in what remains of a 10th century castle tower and paints the world as he sees it. His paintings reveal a reality different from the one to which we are accustomed, as Franco removes objects from their natural environments and places them in completely unusual surroundings, creating absurd combinations that reveal paradoxical aspects of the world around us.

Expense Management, Expense Reports, Invoice Management

Automated Invoicing: 3 Ways It Can Improve Efficiency

by Connie Moser

Automated Invoicing: 3 Ways It Can Improve Efficiency

In any business there are specific questions that should be part of every continuous improvement plan:

Accounts Payable, Expense Management, Expense Reports, Invoice Management

Hey Diddle-Diddle the Expenses Fiddle - Harry Townsend

Hey Diddle-Diddle the Expenses Fiddle - Harry Townsend

The breaking news that the Labour Member of Parliament for Rotherham, Denis MacShane, is facing a 12-month suspension from the House of Commons for submitting false invoices that were “plainly intended to deceive” highlights the constant diligence required of organisations to monitor and control their expenses and incoming invoices. This was also the subject of a September survey that found nearly one-third of 1,000 UK employees who took taxis for work admitted that they routinely cheated on such expense claims. The people polled indicated that they added to the taxi bill or expensed fares that were not business related. "Taxi Receipt" Photo. Ebay.co.uk 10 Jun. 2012. 06 Nov. 2012 .

Expense Management, Expense Reports, Fraud

Why Your Organization Can’t Risk Expense Report Inaccuracies

by Serge Merkin

Why Your Organization Can’t Risk Expense Report Inaccuracies

Few would argue with the truism “Numbers don’t lie,” but inaccurate numbers can and do lie all the time. A good example is the vast number of inaccurate numbers that can enter an organization’s financial system via expense reports. Organizations that allow employees to write or type expenses into a form that is manually reviewed and re-entered into the accounting system by a staff member have introduced several opportunities to enter inaccurate information for each transaction.

Accounts Payable, Business Travel, Expense Management, Expense Reports, Invoice Management

Learn What Your Expense Report Says About You

by Connie Moser

Learn What Your Expense Report Says About You

The quality of your expense reporting speaks to the type of worker you are. Do evaluations reflect frugal or flighty spending, careful or careless tracking, a dinged or distinguished history? Too many tallies in the wrong category can echo negative opinions about professionalism and work ethic. When it’s read in black and white, what do expense reports say about you?

Business Travel, Expense Management, Expense Reports, Fraud

9 Best Practices for Automating your AP Department: Part 3 of 3

by Frank Davis

9 Best Practices for Automating your AP Department: Part 3 of 3

In this third and final part of our three-part series, we will conclude our discussion on accounts payable best practices fueled by the excellent article "9 Best Practices for Automating Your AP Department" written by David Schmidt and Katie McMurry for the third-quarter printing of Financial Operations Matters. It provides an excellent roadmap for automation that is both commonsensical and actionable.

Accounts Payable, Expense Management, Invoice Management

A Solid Case for Accounts Payable Automation - Harry Townsend

A Solid Case for Accounts Payable Automation - Harry Townsend

To my mind, it seems absurd that one organization selling products or services to another submits a printed paper invoice via their billing system and an employee at the purchasing company manually enters the same invoice into their accounts payable system. Not only is this an inefficient and expensive exercise, but it is totally eco-unfriendly!

Invoice Management

Top 5 Productive Ways to Spend a Flight Delay

by Connie Moser

Top 5 Productive Ways to Spend a Flight Delay

For many business travelers, airline travel is the fastest way to get from Point A to Point B, unless a flight delay upsets a perfectly crafted schedule, leaving unplanned downtime in place of progress. Use the interruption to your itinerary to get a head start on pre- or post-travel agendas by putting these efficient business-travel tips into practice.

Business Travel, Expense Reports

9 Best Practices for Automating your AP Department: Part 2 of 3

by Frank Davis

9 Best Practices for Automating your AP Department: Part 2 of 3

In this second part of a three-part series, we will resume our discussion of Accounts Payable Best Practices (Part 1) fueled by an excellent article entitled "9 Best Practices for Automating Your AP Department," written by David Schmidt and Katie McMurry. Their work appeared in the Third Quarter printing of Financial Operations Matters and provides an excellent road map for automation that is both commonsensical and actionable.

Accounts Payable, Expense Management, Expense Reports, Invoice Management
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We are excited to be able to enforce much more stringent compliance to our expense guidelines and significantly enhance our expense reporting and analytics. By automating these processes, we will be able to free up AP time formerly spent on manual administrative tasks, and enhance the role by being much more strategic. Ben Zastrow Zelle

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