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The CFO’s Finance Transformation Journey

In a recent Gartner survey, 82% of CEOs reported having a digital transformation initiative underway in their business.  What does that mean for Finan...

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Tax Reform to Bring Big Changes for Business and Employee Expenses in 2019

With the Tax Day deadline just a week away, you can’t escape the buzz of people either celebrating or lamenting their tax returns. It seems you’re eit...

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How a Fortune 500 Company Improved Compliance and Saved Millions [Webinar]

Where is your risk? For most large, global companies with thousands of employees disbursed across locations, this question is hard to answer.

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12 Most Exceptional Business Expenses of 2018

Frankly, it’s not easy coming up with a short list of the most bizarre business expenses for all of 2018. Oversight analyzes more than $2 trillion in ...

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7 Ways Naughty Employees Try to Cheat on Year-End Expense Reports

The most wonderful time of year doesn’t just bring lots of nice holiday parties, gifts, and good cheer. Like the Grinch who stole Christmas, it also b...

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How AI and Reason Codes Can Save Your Company Money

The world of corporate finance is rife with the potential risk for fraud, erroneous payments, and a whole slew of employee behaviors that add up over ...

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[in]sight 2018 Oversight Annual User Conference Recap

[in]sight 2018 brought together customers from some of the world’s largest, most innovative companies for Oversight’s first-annual user conference at ...

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Trick or Treat: Frights to Look out for in Your Corporate Spend

Watch out for the kids in costumes on the streets of your neighborhood tonight. It’s Halloween, the one night of the year for plenty of treats and a f...

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Announcing the 2018 Oversight Systems Customer Excellence Award Winners

From left: Neha Wood and Manish Singh, Oversight Systems; Todd DiPietro, Fidelity Investments; Kimberly Simpson, Fidelity Investments; Karen Irish, In...

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3 Processes You Can Transform with Finance Process Automation

The key to making finance process automation successful at your company is not just the analytics but what actions you take based on that analysis. Yo...

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When Employee Back-to-School Expenses Become Corporate Expenses

Now that school is back in session, millions of parents are starting to see their back-to-school purchases show up on their monthly credit card statem...

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How Real-Time AI Can Fix Employee T&E Spending at the Right Time

The adoption of artificial intelligence systems in the world of corporate finance has many benefits, among them the ability to spot issues before they...

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5 Reasons Why Human Auditors Can’t Compete with Robo-Auditors

Artificial intelligence is slowly taking over roles once reserved for humans. AI can now diagnose pneumonia more accurately than radiologists. In 20 y...

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Transforming Repeat T&E Policy Offenders into Model Employees with AI-Powered Analytics

In this week’s blog, Oversight Systems account manager Stephanie R. Yates-Anyabwile discusses how she works with clients to optimize their travel and ...

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A Cautionary Tale: How Companies Can Avoid Falling Prey to T&E and P-Card Fraud

A once prominent physician fraudulently charges the same trip to Japan to three different employers, including two universities and a private firm. Ov...

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Harnessing AI and the Power of Patterns to Transform Your T&E Audit Process

Earlier waves of travel and expense (T&E) audit technology largely automated elements of the manual review. For example, audit functionality would fla...

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Why Your Expense Audit Process is Broken, and How to Fix It

We’re living in exciting times. Digital transformation has made tremendous advances in how we submit, approve, and pay expense reports over the last d...

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5 signs it’s time to streamline your T&E auditing process

We have seen a thing or two from working with hundreds of Fortune 2000 companies helping them transform their T&E audit process from a transactional e...

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Survey: Men almost twice as likely as women to cheat on expenses

Men, white-collar managers and staff, and younger employees are far more likely to commit expense fraud, according to new survey of 1,200 business tra...

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17 Surprising (and Not-So-Surprising) Findings from the 2018 ACFE Fraud Study

The latest Report to the Nations: 2018 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is full of inter...

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Forbes: The Robots are Coming to Corporate Finance

When you mention robots, most people think of Star Wars or those car-manufacturing assembly lines where giant, agile machines move heavy parts, make s...

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3 Places Employees Splurge on the Company Dime

There are two distinct mindsets when it comes to work travel: Business travelers who skimp when someone else is picking up the tab and those who splur...

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Best Practices for Mitigating Financial Risk in Your P-Card and T&E Programs [Webinar]

$62.30. That’s the average amount that companies save per transaction with their corporate purchase card programs, according to the 2017 Purchasing Ca...

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AI is (Already) Transforming Expense Management

Everywhere you look these days, artificial intelligence is changing our world – from self-driving cars to smart speakers like Alexa and Google Assista...

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving: 12 Ways to Tighten Gift Card Policies

Gift cards can offer a convenient raffle prize for team outings. We see them handed out for a job well done, on special occasions, and birthdays. Unfo...

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6 Tips for Using Keywords to Detect and Prevent T&E and P-Card Fraud

Whenever details are overlooked, problems arise. As the saying goes, “The devil is in the detail.” This idiom holds true in travel and expense (T&E) p...

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Beware of Double-Dippers: 9 Scams to Look Out for in T&E Fraud & Misuse

Double dippers are everywhere. They lurk at your backyard barbecue and at your neighbor’s Super Bowl party. You know the type – like George Costanza i...

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4 Business Travel Trends for 2018 and What They Mean for T&E Risk Management

Fueled by a strong global economy, business travel spending is expected to grow by a healthy 6.8% in 2018, according to the Global Business Travel Ass...

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Top 10 Craziest Business Expenses 2017 

What do a hang glider, toilet paper, and a massage all have in common?

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3 Ideas to Help Employees LOVE Business Travel Again

On Valentine’s Day, your Facebook page is bound to be riddled with photos of your coupled friends taking off on romantic getaways to popular destinati...

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5 Things Missing in Travel Policy

When is the last time you updated your travel policy? Many companies write their travel policy once and then forget about it. Despite the seemingly en...

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AI is the best thing to happen to your travel program

Artificial intelligence (AI) has recently received a lot of ink regarding the impact the technology will have on the workplace and the jobs we do.

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How to Deal with Repeat Offenders of T&E Policy

Every company has a few employees who violate company travel policy repeatedly. It seems no matter how many times you remind them, they repeat policy ...

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To Fight T&E Fraud and Waste, Focus on Repeat Offenders

When he’s on the road, Joe frequents gentlemen’s clubs on the company dime. Before she leaves on a business trip, Melissa boards her dog and later sub...

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Don’t be Duped by Duplicate Expenses in Corporate Spend Programs

It’s said, “Good things come in pairs.” In the case of travel and expense (T&E) and purchase card (P-Card) transactions, this bit of wisdom could not ...

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Checking Twice: Find Out Who’s Been Naughty or Nice in Corporate Spending

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us. An expected 100 million Americans will travel during the holidays, taking time off to focus on family ...

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Suspicious Out-of-Pocket Expenses Signal T&E Misuse and Fraud

It’s not unusual that your travelers need to buy things for the company out of their own pocket. From my last trip, I can think of a handful of out-of...

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Control T&E Expenses: 5 Things Every CFO Should Keep Top of Mind

As a significant operating expense for most entities, travel and entertainment (T&E) is an easy target for any CFO wanting to drive cost reductions ac...

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Airport Upgrades, Apps and Travel Policies - The Future of Corporate Travel

Travelers have less confidence in airlines than ever before. IT meltdowns bring flights across the country to a halt. Oversold flights regularly ruin ...

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Quick Tips for Changing Employee Behavior in Your T&E Program

Influencing and changing behavior can be tricky in the workplace, particularly when it comes to getting employees to alter their spending habits. Savi...

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Artificial Intelligence has arrived – and will improve your expense report audit process

Businesses from every industry are in a frenzy about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming how we work, and where we apply our human reason...

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Trick or Treat: Are Employees Padding Expense Reports?

Bring out the candy corn; Halloween is just around the corner. It’s a time for frights and spooks, treats and, yes, one too many tricks. Thankfully th...

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5 Things that Make Auditing Expense Reports a Total Pain

Expense report auditing remains a highly manual, difficult process for many organizations. So much so that many just skip it. Aberdeen reports that le...

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T&E dilemma: when the bad guys look like good guys

In any travel program, you have compliant travelers and non-compliant travelers. People who almost always spend within policy and people who push the ...

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Bleisure Travel Shows No Signs of Letting Up

Bleisure travel rose 1 percentage point last year to 37 percent of business travelers, according to the latest stats from GBTA. This number jumps to 4...

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4 Tips to Get Your CFO on Board with Automated Expense Report Audit Technology

Spending on global business travel is expected to reach $1.6 trillion by 2020. While business travel budgets are expected to increase, your CFO would ...

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9 Questions to Evaluate your T&E Expense Risk

You’ve probably said it before: “We don’t have a fraud problem.”

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Did Your Corporate Card Go on Vacation?

As summer winds down, do you know whether your corporate cards have been going on vacation with employees? It’s a valid question.

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It’s time travel managers adapt T&E policy for the sharing economy

The Economist had an interesting read on corporate travel and the sharing economy. The article looks at a Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) ...

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Expense Management Software Is NOT Enough

We’re big fans of travel and expense management software. Solutions like Concur, Certify, and Workday have enabled companies of all sizes to streamlin...

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Troubling T’s of Manager Approval of Expense Reports

The ACFE found that 75% of employees who commit expense report fraud are engaged in another form of occupational fraud. These bad apples—employees who...

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Oversight is a “Cool Vendor”

What does that mean? Leading analyst firm Gartner recognized Oversight as a “Cool Vendor” in the Procurement and Sourcing Technology report. Of course...

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Is your T&E Program Flying Blind?

We have discussed in recent blogs that spending on global business travel is breaking records and is expected to continue rising – reaching $1.6 trill...

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Operationalizing Compliance: New Webinar with Compliance Week and Tom Fox

There’s been a lot of lip-service paid to “operationalizing compliance” since the Department of Justice’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs ...

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Automating the Expense Process: How long before you can eliminate manager approval?

Most of the companies we talk to recognize that manager approval of expense reports is a very ineffective control. It’s easy for managers to just clic...

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How to Curtail Costs as Global Business Travel Spend Rises

Spending on global business travel is on the rise and expected to reach $1.6 trillion by 2020. That’s a 23% increase over last year. In the United Sta...

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Spend Analysis Report Vol. 3: 10% of Travelers Commit Nearly all High-Risk Purchases

To uncover fraud, waste and misuse in your company’s T&E program, you need only focus on a fraction of your travelers. Oversight’s third annual Spend ...

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Can Eliminate Manager Approval of Expenses

Employees and managers have been given many wonderful tools to streamline the expense reporting process. Because of technology, employees have the mea...

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Bleisure Travel is Here to Stay

Imagine this…you walk out of a business meeting on Friday. Instead of rushing to the airport with your carry-on in tow, you leisurely stroll to your h...

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Battle of the Sexes: Business Travel Edition

In 2017, most road warriors expect to travel for business about the same amount as they did this year, which is good for business. Business travel imp...

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Artificial Intelligence Will Transform How We Manage Risks – For The Better!

More frequently we read news alerts about cyber attacks. The scary notion is that the cyber world has become a dangerous arena where most anything goe...

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Millennials Redefine Business Travel

Millennials now make up the majority of the U.S. workforce and by 2020 will account for 50 percent of all business travel spending. But millennials vi...

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How are Analytics Changing the Way Companies Detect Fraud & Waste?

Ever heard of the project management triangle? It basically states that whenever you’re building something it can either be two of these three things ...

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Data Driven Truth: Manual Expense Review is Harming Your Company

Our awesome technology partner, Concur, recently released a study that reveals how manual expense management is harming employees and companies. While...

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Does Satisfied Business Travelers = More Compliant Business Travelers?

The Global Business Travel Association and American Express Global Business Travel teamed up recently to release a report on overall traveler satisfac...

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Five Business Travel Fraud Schemes and How Oversight Can Protect You

I got very excited reading this great article, “Five Business Travel Fraud Schemes Tech is Dismantling,” because each of the five schemes mentioned is...

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The Easiest Way to ‘Tone at the Top’

I love this article by Tom Fox for Compliance Week. In the piece he states that ‘Tone at the Top’, while effective, is one of the most clichéd terms i...

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2 Ways Visual Analytics Can Help Your Company Be More Strategic with Your Anti-Fraud Efforts

Recently the Wall Street Journal published an article on how modern companies are using analytics to better assess risk and combat fraud. Although the...

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Expense Fraud: Fact or Fiction

I recently read this article in Computer Weekly about making fictional expense claims a thing of the past, and I enjoyed it.

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Can Your T&E Compliance Technology Bring Business Travelers Back in Line?

I know, I know. I’m raising a big question in the title of this blog. I’m asking the question because I recently read an article about how a thoughtfu...

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Addressing Vulnerabilities in Travel Expense Management

Oversight has spent the last 13+ years analyzing the travel and expense transactions for many of the largest business organizations in the world. Afte...

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How Much is Business Expense Fraud Costing Your Business?

A recent survey of 1,000 business travelers revealed that business travel fraud is costing businesses up to 2.8 billion per year. 

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The Impact of Insights On Demand on Travel and Expense Program Management

Travel and expense management has traditionally fallen into one of three categories.

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The Hitchhikers Guide to Using Insights On Demand

May is one of my favorite months. Summer is almost here, the long Memorial Day weekend, and also Towel Day. Held on May 25th, Towel Day honors the wor...

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The Biggest Reason to Consider Insights as a Service

We loved seeing this Information Week Article by Lisa Morgan on the “8 Reasons to Consider Insights-As-A-Service.” While some of the reasons given are...

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If You Only Have 10 Minutes to Learn about Oversight… Read These Three Things

When researching what a company is all about online, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of information available. Particularly with a compa...

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3 Outstanding Functionalities of Our Workbench

The Insights On Demand Travel and Expense (T&E) module leverages a broad spectrum of sophisticated analytics to review 100% of a company’s travel-rela...

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The Art of Navigating Concur Fusion, Oversight Style

The 2016 Concur Fusion conference was held in Las Vegas, NV at the Venetian Hotel. The week-long event was filled with gatherings related to the most ...

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Can Monitoring Card Spend Equal Healthier Spending Habits?

Nearly a year ago a Delaware media outlet published a story on state workers and their astronomical fast food spending. State employees of Delaware ap...

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You Can Have It Both Ways with Oversight Insights On Demand™

Some believe that they only have two choices to improve compliance within their disbursement processes:

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Get to Know the Insights - Unusual Mileage

Since 2015, many exciting things have happened at Oversight Systems, including the launch of a handful of new Insights in the T&E module. Let’s take s...

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Oversight vs. Valentine’s Day: 5 Reasons Why You Should Love Us

Whether or not you believe that Valentine’s Day is a money-suck, chances are you’ll buy flowers for that special someone in your life. To cover the ba...

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Recapping the Concur Ignite Event

During the week of January 11th, Oversight took part in Ignite, Concur’s annual sales kickoff event. Ignite attendees traveled from all over the globe...

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The Top 10 Oversight Blog Posts from 2015

2015 has come to an end. Can you believe it? If you’re like us at Oversight, you’re probably wondering where the year went. It seems like the days wen...

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Automating the Compliance Monitoring Process

What feels like Christmas every month?

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Why Do Clients Select Oversight?

Prospects always want to know why our clients have selected Oversight Insights On Demand™, but rather than just the “why,” it’s nice to show them the ...

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The Oversight Spend Analysis Report 2015 Highlights – (Part II)

Last week, Oversight debuted the second annual Spend Analysis Report, a compilation of data gathered from an analysis of 16 million purchase card tran...

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The Oversight Spend Analysis Report 2015 Highlights (Part I)

After many months of hard work, Oversight is proud to announce the release of its second annual Spend Analysis Report, on the state of spending within...

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Swimming with the Sharks

Earlier this month, I was able to attend a Concur Fusion event in Washington, D.C.. Aside from the usual benefits to this event, like meeting customer...

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Oversight vs. Thanksgiving: 5 Reasons to Eat Up

It’s that time of year again. You know the one—with the bird and the cinnamon and football. It’s time for friends and family and thankfulness. Unfortu...

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Oversight’s Top 5 Posts About Why Insights On Demand is the Software for You

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, everyone is likely preparing for a big meal and time off with friends and loved ones. Also around this time ...

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Oversight Systems Participates in Anti-Fraud Collaboration Webinar

On Tuesday, October 27th 2015 Oversight’s CEO Patrick Taylor participated in a joint webinar with the Anti-Fraud collaboration. The webinar featured M...

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Does T&E Fraud, Waste, and Misuse Exist in Your Program?

As most of you know, Oversight offers a free trial run of our software to qualified prospective customers. I’ve always been curious as to why any comp...

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The 9 Spookiest Things We’ve Found in T&E Spend

After twelve years of monitoring over 2 trillion transactions, you can bet we have uncovered a few ghosts and goblins. In fact, some of the charges ar...

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Customer Feedback: 3 Reasons Why

During the trial process many of our prospects like to ask us this question: “Why did your clients select you?” This is an excellent question, and whi...

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Live Demonstrations: A Trick or a Treat?

For any prospective client, an important step in evaluating the value of Oversight Insights On Demand is taking advantage of our Free Test Drive. This...

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Sometimes Your T&E Program Can Be a Little Scary

Darkness falls. The hairs stiffen on the back of your neck. Fog ensues. These are familiar horror movie tropes, but I think they can also apply to a c...

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A (Hypothetical) Day in the Life of an Expense Report Approver

Below is a hypothetical conversation that may take place in a company experiencing issues with expense fraud and misuse. (Heather, a sales manager is ...

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Recapping the Concur Chicago Event

This month I attended my first conference representing Oversight along with my colleague, Sam Haase. I was able to attend the Concur event at the McCo...

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Travelers Spending Badly-- Whose Fault Is It?

Coming just after Payroll, T&E is the second largest controllable expense for most companies, and it’s pretty standard practice now for companies to h...

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T&E and P-Card Risk Management: Insurance vs. Assurance

I recently started to think about risk management in the context of T&E and P-Card compliance and monitoring solutions. Having traveled extensively in...

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The Difference Between P-Cards and Corporate Travel Cards and Why You Need an Audit Tool for All

An outsider not in the corporate finance world may have never heard of a purchase card (or “P-Card” for short.) Similar to a corporate credit card, P-...

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Oversight makes T&E Compliance Easy (Here’s 3 Ways We Do It)

In our culture of increasing technical and social complexity, new technologies that are supposed to make our lives easier can actually create more wor...

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The 3 Best Reasons to Take a Test Drive of Insights On Demand

Here are three of the most common objections I hear to people declining the FREE trial of our software.

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Who is Your Account Manager, and What Do They Do?

My favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger movie is Kindergarten Cop (Twins is a close second). If you haven’t seen the movie (do so immediately), it’s about a...

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Fighting Fraud: Best Practices for Auditing Your T&E Program

It’s no secret that Oversight and Concur go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly (see our white paper on this very subject!) We love being a Concur a...

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Don’t Skimp on Support for Your Operational Expense Programs

A shocking study by the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business has discovered that non-profit organizations make accounting errors at ...

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Daily vs. Monthly Spend Analysis- A New White Paper by Oversight Systems

Amid our recent efforts to become more prescriptive with our clients, we turned an article our CEO, Patrick Taylor, wrote for CMS Wire into a white pa...

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What Happens After You Become An Oversight Insights On Demand Customer- Part II

Working as an account manager for Oversight Systems, I get a lot of questions from new customers who want to know about the system: Where do we start?...

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Why We’re Being More Prescriptive When It Comes to Data Science and Compliance

For a long time, Oversight did things quite differently when it came to helping others monitor their T&E spending for fraud, waste, and misuse. Previo...

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What Do You Get in a Handful of Marbles?

What happens if you put your hand into a bag of assorted marbles and pull out a handful? Well, there’s a chance that you’ll grab the red ones, but the...

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Oversight CEO Patrick Taylor’s Best Posts

At Oversight, we’re lucky to have a CEO who takes time out of his busy week to contribute regularly to our blog. Being a thought leader in the data an...

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How to Get Employees Attention When it Comes to Your Spending Policy Compliance

On June 23rd I had the pleasure of co-hosting a webinar with Eric A. Sohn, Director of Business Product for Dow Jones Risk and Compliance. The webinar...

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Oversight’s Two Most Important Rules for Ensuring Compliance in Your Organization

Mike Kenealy, COO of Insiders Integrity, is involved in a project on the Philippines designed to take on ethics at the local level.  The project has f...

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Is It Time to Take Manager Approval Out of the T&E Loop?

Google the phrase “travel manager” or “travel and expense” and a variety of news articles come up on any given day. It seems like in the last two year...

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Oversight Announces Release of Version 7.0.3 for Oversight Insights On Demand

At Oversight, we’re always striving to create a better software platform and user experience for our customers. As such, we continually release update...

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The Parallels Between Wikipedia and Compliance 2.0

We hear a lot about “Compliance 2.0” in our industry, but what does this really mean?

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Cloud-Based Expense Management Platforms are the Way to Go

Respondents to Business Travelers News 2015 Expense Manager Survey rated the importance of easing expense report preparation for employees a five on a...

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Are Business Travelers Really Using Sharing Economy Apps to Evade Corporate Policy?

The Financial Review article, “Business travellers use apps like Uber to escape bean counters - but the bosses are still watching” is a great example ...

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How to Have a Fully Compliant, Fully Global Travel Program

Is it possible to have a truly global travel program? Business Travel News writers JoAnn DeLuna and Julie Sickel outline the objectives and challenges...

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5 Timely Expense Audit White Papers from the Oversight Vault

Oversight’s commitment to furthering thought leadership in our industry is evident in the white papers, reports, and blog content produced for both cu...

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The Strength of Keeping Analysis Within the Cloud

I love LinkedIn. I think the reason I love the platform the most is because it provides access to groups full of like-minded individuals in the data a...

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Government Agencies, Adult Entertainment, and Bad Apples

I recently uncovered a super interesting article about an investigation into Pentagon employee’s spending a reported $950,000 at casinos and close to ...

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Why Everyone Should Be Under the Audit Microscope

The indictment of Washington state auditor Troy X. Kelley is a case study in the inter-connected activities of an alleged fraudster. As we have discus...

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Interested in Big Data? We’ve got BIG Blog Posts for Your Business

Each week I’ve been aggregating great pieces of thought leadership we’ve put out on the blog that you may have missed. This week we’re focusing on Big...

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Why the Answer Shouldn’t be “No”

My name is Sarah Zoloth—I am team lead for, and a member of, our Demand Generation team at Oversight. This means I have spent most of the last 10 mont...

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6 Great Posts for Fraud Prevention Month

Did you know that April is Fraud Prevention Month? It snuck up on me too. But it is perfect timing as this week I’m going to highlight some of Oversig...

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5 Take Aways from Concur Fusion 2015

My name is Tyler Davis, and I started at Oversight over a year ago as a DG rep, then became an Account Executive. As one of the newer members of the O...

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5 Posts on the Importance of Expense Management

Since March 2014, Oversight has published nearly 100 blog posts, the topics running the gamut from fraud prevention, ensuring FCPA compliance, busines...

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A CEO Tells Other CEO’s How to Learn More About Their Company’s Business Travel

As the CEO of Oversight Systems, I particularly loved this post on Click Travel about “6 Things Your CEO Wants to Know About Business Travel.” Since O...

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Oversight’s Top 5 Blog Posts on Travel Spending and Traveler Management

In case you missed it last week, I’m highlighting posts from the past year in the hopes of emphasizing topics you may have missed. Last week I covered...

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What Happens At Oversight After You Become a Customer

My name is Ashlee and I started with Oversight in January 2014. I spent over a year on the Demand Generation team, driving sales for Oversight Insight...

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5 Posts on Financial Compliance You Can’t Live Without Reading

When I came on board the marketing department at Oversight Systems, a little over a year ago, I was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of information ...

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Oversight’s Thoughts on the Top Travel Management Priorities of 2015

Tnooz recently republished a great infographic by Carson Wagonlit Travel compiling priorities within the TMC world from over 1300 respondents. While O...

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Transaction Monitoring With Human Intelligence- Is it Possible?

Jonny Frank and Rex Homme do a nice job of succinctly addressing why transaction monitoring is the next “must have” anti-corruption tool (http://shar....

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Oversight In the News

With the New Year in full swing and spring just around the corner, Oversight has been busy working a number of projects to make life for our customers...

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Oversight, Data Management, and Spring Planting

I recently conducted an interview with The Company Dime on the value of data management and it reminded me of a story I wanted to share with you. For ...

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Misconduct Tales for the Oversight Vault

I confess to having grown weary of companies in the data analysis and/or compliance business that scream tales of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (AKA, “...

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The Oversight Recap of Concur Ignite 2015

Oversight had the opportunity to participate in the Concur Ignite 2015 sales kickoff last week in Bellevue, Washington. Concur is a strategic Oversigh...

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Forgetting to “Inspect What You Expect” Happens in the Federal Government Too

The Washington Post recently ran an editorial on the difficulties federal workers are facing nearly three years after the spending scandal over a lavi...

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A New Whitepaper - Expense Management and Transaction Monitoring, the PB&J of Finance

Oversight is excited to present our first white paper of 2015, “Expense Management and Transaction Monitoring, the PB&J of Finance.” Written specifica...

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Concur T&E Program

Recently a prospective customer asked the question, “Since we are using Concur doesn’t it already do everything that your product does?”  One simple a...

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In 2015- focus on external threats, internal threats, or both?

Predictions are traditional at the beginning of the year and the world of fraud and compliance is no different. In this tradition, ACFE Insights blog ...

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Highlights from 2014

2014 has been a great year for Oversight. So great, in fact, that we wanted to highlight 10 moments and relive it all again. What a year!

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How to Make Travel Managers More Strategic

A new study from the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association, shows that while travel managers are p...

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Simple Beauty Needed: Technology To the Rescue?

It has always been the thought that technology is supposed to help us do more, and do it better and faster than before. Unfortunately the theory and t...

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Data Rich and Information Poor

I recently read a great article from CFO.com about how Chief Financial Officers can generate more value in their offices. The article gives great tact...

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Why Asking for Physical Receipts is Old School…and Won’t Prevent Fraud

Original expense receipt requirements are an old school approach to expense control.  In fact, I saw a recent list of the top five reasons why most co...

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The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Reduce Expense Fraud

I recently uncovered a great Entrepreneur article on five ways to reduce expense fraud. Although we have extensively covered this topic in a few of ou...

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Managing Traveler Friction with Data Analysis

We don’t talk about the aspects of traveling much here on the blog, but today I wanted to comment on an interesting article on traveller friction. Man...

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The NFL, Compliance, Ethics and You

Football season is in full swing, and you’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t heard about the widely publicized scandal involving the Baltimore...

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Growing Trends: Internal Frauds Increasing

As a published author, blogger and thought leader in the fraud risk management arena, I’m in the unique position of seeing global fraud trends across ...

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The Emperor Has No Clothes! Does Your Dashboard?

Have you ever looked at the dashboards in your business intelligence tool and thought….what stunning conclusion am I supposed to see?

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Recapping Concur Fusion Toronto

Last week Oversight sponsored the Concur Fusion Exchange in Toronto, Sales VP Mike Harron, and Account Executive Sam Haase and I traveled to the confe...

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Recapping Venture Atlanta

Last week, (October 22nd and 23rd) Oversight had the opportunity to present at Venture Atlanta. Venture Atlanta, for those who don’t know, is Georgia’...

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Oversight Releases First Infographic: The 3 Biggest Problems in Corporate Spending Programs

Oversight recently released our first ever Spend Analysis Report for T&E. For this analysis we studied the behavior patterns of 160,000 travelers and ...

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Big Data Waste is Real. Here’s What To Do About It.

In this great blog by Syncsort, author Mary Hiers posits that there is a dearth of big data going to waste due to the fact that companies do not have ...

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Expense Management & Transaction Monitoring- The PB & J of Corporate Spending

Expense management solutions are a necessary component of an effectively managed corporate travel program.  These solutions make it easy for companies...

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The #3 Problem Lurking in Corporate Travel Programs- MISUSE

A few weeks ago, Oversight announced its first-ever Spend Analysis Report. For this compilation of data Oversight analyzed 10 million transactions, a ...

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When it Comes to Data- Don’t Spend On a Celebrity Quarterback

It’s the beginning of the National Football League (NFL) season in the US and the Barclay’s Premier League (BPL) season in England.  At the beginning ...

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The #2 problem lurking in corporate spending programs: Waste.

Last week, Oversight debuted its first-ever Spend Analysis Report, a compilation of data we gathered from an analysis of 10 million transactions. Thos...

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Oversight Featured In the News- Venture Atlanta and Gartner Hype Cycles Reports

With Fall in full swing it has been a very busy season for us here at Oversight. This industriousness is reflected in various initiatives on our front...

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Oversight Releases Spend Analysis Report- T&E Fraud Linked to 5% of Program Travelers

It’s here! Oversight has released its first-ever Spend Analysis Report, a compilation of data from 10 million transactions and over $1 Billion in spen...

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The Six-Million Dollar Man Meets Business Analytics

I remember as a kid watching the TV show “The Six-Million Dollar Man”; the scientists and doctors got together and made the man “better, stronger, fas...

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27% of Executives Commit Expense Fraud, but what does that really mean?

It was with great interest that I read the results of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) recent survey on fraud as reported in Busine...

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Recapping the Concur Fusion Exchange Series 2014

Last week was a crazy one: The Oversight VP of Sales, Mike Harron, and I were on the road for the two latest Concur Fusion Exchange conferences. The f...

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Sharing Economy Companies Are In the Business Travel Market, How Do We Work With Them?

Expenses software giant Concur is always looking for ways to grow their partner network (Oversight is a partner and offers a connector for Concur cust...

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Why You Need Automated Case Management

In my previous blog post for Oversight, I detailed how Excel no longer cuts it for expense reporting. In the world of reporting and analysis, Excel is...

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Our Re-cap of The Global Business Travel Association Conference 2014

I just returned from the GBTA Conference in Los Angeles, which was a great time. All last week (July 26-30) myself, our CEO Patrick Taylor, EVP Chris ...

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When it Comes to Big Data Challenges, Improved Reporting Isn’t the Answer

Forrester’s “The Power of Real-Time Insight” survey (done in conjunction with Oversight partner, Concur) is an interesting view of the realities of tr...

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99 Problems, but T&E Shouldn’t be One

If you keep up with the Oversight Blog, you know there are two things we cite regularly: The Hawthorne Effect, or the phenomenon that employees improv...

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Thoughts on the State of T&E Spend

Concur recently released a survey on the state of T&E spend (conducted in conjunction with Forrester Research.) We at Oversight are very excited about...

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Is Monitoring 100% of Expenses Even Possible?

I have been following blogs by organizations that perform expense report auditing.  It’s a habit in my line of business, being the “software guy” who ...

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FCPA and T&E Monitoring

One of our customers calls T&E “the window into the soul of a company.”  Viewed from a corporate compliance perspective, particularly through a briber...

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How to Stop the Rogue Employees and Bad Actors Within Your Corporate Spending Program

Donna Boehme gets it right when she says every company has the exact compliance program it wants (or deserves).  Donna is particularly critical of tho...

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The Power of Multi-Dimensional Analysis

Consider this scenario: You are a travel program administrator at a Fortune 500 company. You are tasked with managing the travel program, making sure ...

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Expense Management Should Really Be Spend Management

Pierre Mitchell and Tony Darugar provoke some serious thoughts.  They both observe that “expense management” should really be “spend management” and t...

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Preventive and Detective Controls

I recently read a great blog on GTI Travel about how strict travel policies are absolutely necessary in order to save money and prevent waste and abus...

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5 Questions to Better Manage Your Travel Programs Hotel Spend

In this infographic by The Beat, 45% of travel managers expect increases in Hotel cost over the next year. While hotels are just one component of the ...

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Recapping Concur Fusion 2014

Last week, myself and four other members of the Oversight team attended the Concur Fusion event in New Orleans. The event lasted May 6-9, with the bul...

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Where To Go When Excel Doesn’t Cut It Anymore

In the world of reporting and analysis, Excel is a very powerful tool. It is used for many functions, including Travel and Entertainment (T&E) reporti...

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The Importance of Benchmarking and the BTN Corporate Travel Index

Back in March, Business Travel News unveiled their annual Corporate Travel Index. 2014 marked the 30th compilation of the average business traveler pe...

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How to Increase Control Over Hotel Spend

GBTA research has revealed that over half feel they have more control over their company’s hotel spending policy than they did a few years ago. While ...

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How to Combat Costs when Business Travel Increases

In this article by Travel Weekly UK, a third of UK travel managers expect the number of business trips to increase in 2014. This of course means that ...

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How Big Data Can Help You Make Better Business Decisions

I enjoyed this article from Robert Kugel, and thoroughly agree with its premise: that big data and analytics can be leveraged to make better business ...

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A New Whitepaper - 6 Tips to Reduce T&E Waste

Did you know that behind payroll, T&E is your company’s largest discretionary expense? Travel and entertainment spending can represent as much as 6% o...

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Unintended Consequences

Today's cloud-based travel and expense systems have significantly advanced since the days of manual report processing. These modern systems promise to...

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5 Tips for Fraud Prevention

With the close of fraud prevention month, Oversight wanted to recap our favorite fraud prevention tips. How many of our examples below apply to your o...

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Recapping the Concur Fusion Exchange Event in New York

I just got back from the Concur Fusion Exchange event in New York, and wanted to share my thoughts on the event.

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Why Fraud Prevention Should be Important To Your Organization

Did you know it is National Fraud Prevention month? Since preventing fraud, misuse, and compliance violations in T&E, P-Card and AP programs is a main...

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More Expensive Than Meets the Eye: GSA Travel Data Challenge Launches to Help Federal Agencies Better Manage Spend

The GSA Travel Data Challenge is certainly “novel” as Jay Boehmer relates in his recent blog post on The Beat.

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Internal Investigations: Automated Transaction Monitoring & Analysis Key to Reducing Compliance Costs

The cost impact of FCPA investigations is less related to fines and more related to internal investigations. These internal costs easily enter the ten...

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The Theory of Corporate Travel Policy Only Confirmed By Reality of Transactions

As noted by Business Travel News, savings are a top travel management priority in 2014. This is no surprise. Since travel is the second-largest contro...

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DATA: The Common Denominator in 2014 Travel Industry Technology Trends

From articles like the one recently published in Buying Business Travel to the topics I hear buzzing in customer conversations, the common denominator...

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FCPA Compliance Needs More Than PEP Lists

I used to think that for FCPA, Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) lists were “the bomb.” I thought that the lists were both a) required and b) THE key ...

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When More is Less

Our business is based on automating the monitoring and analysis of 100% of the transactions in an organization’s business processes. For many of our c...

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Partner Event Takeaways: Audit Automation and Deciphering Valid T&E Expenses Growing Areas of Interest Among T&E Professionals

We recently took part in a great one-day event with one of our strategic partners, Concur, and had a very productive day full of meaningful conversati...

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Concur & Oversight: Working to Simplify T&E Reporting & Compliance

Concur’s CEO Steve Singh was recently featured in an interview with Jim Cramer on CNBC’s Mad Money. One of Cramer’s questions for Singh is related to ...

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More than Just a Single Report: How Monitoring in Context is Essential to Successful Program

The BCBS of Western New York case study featured in Business Travel News is a nice example of realizing the benefits of “inspecting what is expected”....

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Compliance: You’re In or You’re Out - The Only Winner Is Effective Program

Compliance as noted in the recent CFO article “Compliance Mountains to Climb” is interesting because it is a pass/fail endeavor. Either a company is c...

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The Power of Observation: A Quick Fix When Company Travel Policy Not Followed by Travelers

The author of the Paymnts.com article “The New Best Practices for Corporate Travel Spend” raises a great issue – company travel policy is not always f...

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The Hawthorne Effect: Helping Your Employees Comply with T&E Policies

A news story earlier this fall – documenting how a Bay Area strip club was suing Oracle after it allegedly refused to pay a $33,540 bill racked up on ...

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Nip Out-of-Policy Spending with Monitoring & Analysis

Concur recently shared advice on how to fix the “top 3 expense report budget burners” on its blog. In our customers’ experience, a fourth budget burne...

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Gigaom Podcast Highlights, Validates Oversight’s Cloud-based Data Analysis Approach

Jo Maitland, Research Director for Infrastructure, Cloud Computing with Gigaom Research, invited our very own Patrick Taylor, CEO of Oversight, to tal...

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T&E Automated Analytics Make Travel Transactions Cool & Easy

The recent article “How to Make Expense Reports Cool” in Fortune Magazine highlighted insights from the Concur CEO Steve Singh on the future of travel...

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Our Take on Concur Ignite 2014

Oversight had the privilege to participate in Concur's annual sales kickoff event, Ignite 2014, in Bellevue, WA on October 15. Nearly 40 Concur busine...

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Open Bookings: Do You Want to Encourage an Empowerment Company Culture?

There’s an important cultural dimension companies should consider for Open Bookings. Do we have (or do we want to encourage) an empowerment culture? O...

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Manual Business Expense Reporting Not Only Slow, But May Also Be Non-Compliant

Travel Market Report recently covered a story on how many firms are slow to automate their business travel expense reports. Firms that are slower to a...

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Are Your Business Travelers Spending Too Much Out of Pocket? Analyze & Identify to Create Best Practices

No one likes to feel like they’re owed money after a business trip, yet according to a recent survey, only 27 percent of corporate travelers indicated...

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Avoid “Maverick Spending” Waste – Blend “Trust but Verify” Balance with Analytics

A recent survey of U.S. office workers revealed that a concept known as “maverick spending” is costing employers tens of thousands of dollars (and in ...

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Is There an Easier Way to Combat T&E Fraud? Yes.

A survey of corporate travel buyers on combating fraud found, as reported in Business Travel News, that “the most common way corporate travel buyers s...

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The Importance of the Feedback Loop in Fine Tuning Your Compliance Program

Thomas Fox recently shared this thought-provoking analogy on his blog: You can fine tune a piano, but you can't ‘tuna fish’; and offered advice on fin...

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Tip #6 for Cutting T&E Waste and Abuse

Our sixth in a series of tips for cutting T&E waste is focused on receipt limits.

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Tip #5 for Cutting T&E Waste and Abuse

Our fifth in a series of tips for cutting T&E waste is focused on lodging and meal outliers.

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Open Bookings Evolve TMCs’ Thinking & Approach to Managing Travelers

Travel Market Report recently reported on how open booking demands a shift in the thinking of TMCs. With open bookings, travelers have more discretion...

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Tip #4 for Cutting T&E Waste and Abuse

Our fourth in a series of tips for cutting T&E waste is focused on weekend and holiday purchases.

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Evolving Business Travel Tools Drive New “Trust but Verify” Approach to Effectively Managing Corporate Travelers

A recent Fast Company article by Kim Goodwin forecasted what business travel will look like in 2014. The writer keenly noted: “One trend that was abun...

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Travel Managers: Don’t Retool IT Operations to Get the Answers You Need

A recent piece in Travel Market Report notes this commentary from Harvard Business School visiting professor Thomas Davenport, Ph.D.: “For travel sell...

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Tip #3 for Cutting T&E Waste and Abuse

Our third in a series of tips for cutting T&E waste is focused on suspicious out-of-pocket expenses.

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Tip #2 for Cutting T&E Waste and Abuse

Our second in a series of tips for cutting T&E waste is focused on identifying and addressing misclassified expenses.

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Tip #1 for Cutting T&E Waste and Abuse

Did you know that T&E is probably your company’s second largest discretionary expense, representing as much as 6% of all corporate expenses? And that ...

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Answers on the Run

I like to run. As I have grown older and slower over the last ten years, I have progressed from 5Ks and 10Ks to half-marathons and marathons. One thin...

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How Timely is Timely for Corporate Travel Managers?

A comprehensive and recommended report produced by Concur, the organization’s Concur Expense IQ Report, provides exclusive analysis of the T&E spend f...

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Inspect What You Expect

Our most popular Insights in the T&E (Travel & Expense) Insights Family are those that analyze employee expense behaviors.  Overwhelmingly, our custom...

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Size Doesn’t Matter - When It Comes to Data, It’s All About the Answers

A recent Buying Business Travel article noted how big data has become the buzz word of the year. More important than buzz, however, are the important ...

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My Team of Three

At the recent Concur Fusion conference where Oversight announced its partnership with Concur, I was having breakfast with a group of corporate travel ...

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Thoughts on the AGA Conference: Experts Agree “Pay and Chase” Not the Answer

In his opening address to the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) National Leadership Conference, Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the Gove...

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Business Action – Powerful Concept When Delivered to Frontlines

On the subject of industry analyst Dr. Robin Bloor’s blog “Operational Intelligence – Is This the End Game for Big Data?”, I would offer that “Busines...

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The Devil is in the Details

As it regards to the recent Smart Data Collective piece, “Big Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and the Mind of Sherlock Holmes”, whether we’re ta...

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What the Obama Campaign Teaches Us about Big Data Analytics

The election is long over but I find it interesting to look at some of the ways that the Obama Campaign successfully leveraged data. The real trick to...

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Beyond BI: What’s in a Graph - Really?

While perusing a BI demo I was struck by a featured graph with 15 bars showing sales results for various promotions.  The presentation was beautiful a...

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The Messy World of Big Data

Gartner analyst Svetlana Sicular recently wrote on the topic “Big Data is Falling into the Trough of Disillusionment.” It provided much food for big d...

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Real-Time Analytics and the Importance of Timeliness

SearchBusinessAnalytics recently published a very timely piece entitled, “Real-time analytics brings BI data directly into business operations”. The a...

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IDC and SAP Whitepaper Offers Valuable Big Data Solutions Overview

The IDC /SAP whitepaper, “Big Data: Trends, Strategies, and SAP Technology". presents a solid case around the emerging shift from the information econ...