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Business Spend Management
Why spend management is crucial to businesses in the new world of work
For most employees, expense management is a necessary evil. Reconciling business expenses is a gargantuan task, and employees have limited hours in their day. Identifying specific spending patterns and then cutting costs can seem even more...

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Business Spend Management
Traditional vs Modern Spend Management - Which is better?
Switching from traditional spend management Simplifying spend across the company is challenging, as is digitalising the organisation. The solution to these overlapping challenges is to take advantage of digitalisation momentum and approach spend...

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Business Spend Management
The Modern Spend Management Process
It would be much simpler if businesses could read a single book or article and immediately understand which cost cutting measures they need to take first. But because every business has its own structure, form, and purpose, spend management needs...

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Business Spend Management
How to identify cost-saving measures based on business expense data
Effective spend management begins with visibility, which most finance leaders admit they find wanting. Some 75 percent of finance leaders say that their businesses often exceed their expense, travel and invoice budgets. You might say this is the...

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Business Spend Management
How APAC businesses can save big with digital invoice management
When it comes to running a business, one of the more challenging tasks is keeping tabs on finances. It’s not just about the money coming in, but also money going out. Many savvy business owners know that a key element to financial success is good...

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Business Spend Management
4 Types of Allowable Business Expenses
Taxes are one of the great unavoidables of business life, but they don’t have to be as burdensome as one might think. Most tax authorities (wherever you may be) allow certain taxable business expenses to be claimed as deductions against your...

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Business Spend Management
Four Cash-flow Techniques for the Modern Business
There are many ways to go about building a successful business. You can take courses on achieving product-market fit or how to pivot in an agile manner. You can make efforts to break through new markets and capture enough customers. You can...

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Business Spend Management
Why your Accounts Payable Process is in need of a makeover
Most businesses approach digitalisation initiatives in order of importance. For example: they’ll digitalise customer-facing processes first because they need to compete with competitors who have already made a switch. But what about an internal...

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Business Spend Management
Four Strategies to Solve Expense Management Problems for Enterprise
Cash flow can make or break a business. Whether you are a startup trying to make it big while subsisting on your investment runway or a big business with millions of dollars in revenue and expense, running out of cash can spell the end of your...

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Business Spend Management
How Continental Korea and AgriBank improved productivity, efficiency, and...
Cash flow is essential to the livelihood of any business. Many assume that profit is of utmost importance, but this is a mistaken assumption. Without cash flow, a business will not be able to operate. Indeed, many businesses fail because they pay...

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Business Spend Management
Four strategies to reduce invoice payment delays
Paying invoices often seems like a small thing. The invoice comes, the business pays, and that’s it. What more is there to it? Unfortunately, the reality is often more complicated. A study shows that 60% of invoices are paid late, with average...

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Business Spend Management
How spend management can help your business bounce back after a crisis
Across SEA, businesses have seen a 30 to 40% drop in local demand due to the COVID pandemic. This puts many small and medium enterprises at risk as cash flows shrink and expenses continue to accumulate. While nobody can predict a crisis, there are...

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Business Spend Management
6 tips for creating a business travel policy in the Next Normal
As business travel shows signs of slow recovery in 2021, planes and trains are beginning to fill up once more with corporate travelers. But even if business travel one day returns to pre-pandemic levels, some of the changes brought about by...

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The Future of Business Finance Podcast
SAP Concur Southeast Asia has just launched a brand new thought leadership podcast on business finance. The Future of Business Finance is a podcast series that aims to unpack the real truths confronting finance decision makers who are at the...

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Business Spend Management
How to categorise expenses for small businesses + free business expense template
Categorising business expenses doesn’t come easily, but it’s one of the most important activities any small business owner must do—both for tax season and cost management. The debate on how much a small business should be spending in a month or...

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Business Spend Management
Why spend management is crucial for business survival
The COVID-19 pandemic represents a major challenge for businesses that were already underpressure even before the crisis. According to research from ILO, the pandemic forced 81% of businesses in Asia Pacific to adapt their business operations or...

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