Deloitte teams up with Concur to ease business travel and remote work compliance


Late last week, Deloitte announced the upcoming release of the Deloitte – Travel Ready app in the SAP Concur App Center.

It connects the Deloitte platform with Concur Request, Concur Travel, and Concur Expense and will help make compliance for both cross-border business travellers and remote workers easier by creating a consolidated approval, travel booking, and compliance assessment process.

The app supports compliance with matters related to travel restrictions, visa and work permits, income tax, EU cross-border posted worker rules, social security, payroll taxes and corporate taxes, and entity establishment risk. This new solution will assist in improving the employee experience and will help make conducting cross-border business easier.

Many employers are using this unique period to prepare themselves and their compliance programs for when business travel takes off again and are evaluating how those programs and tools can support not only traditional business travellers but also new remote working populations. Managing cross-border compliance can be difficult for businesses, but the Deloitte – Travel Ready app makes the complex, simple – with a focus on user experience with unparalleled functionality and breadth of coverage.

For the business traveler: It helps employees understand their travel compliance obligations as part of the approval process or booking their trip with SAP Concur solutions.

For the corporate user: It enables businesses to understand and address their global compliance requirements related to remote workers and business travel based on travel approval/travel booking data, linking to Deloitte’s interactive Business Travel Advantage dashboards.

Meanwhile, SAP Concur managing director (Southeast Asia) Laura Houldsworth (pic above) told Business Today that the company was heartened that  Budget 2021 is a ‘people’s budget’ with emphasis on the rakyat’s welfare, business continuity and economic resilience as announced by finance minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.

“We are particularly encouraged that technology is a key focus area that to be leveraged to increase Malaysia’s national competitiveness,” said Laura.

“With business now in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), it has become an important priority to embrace cutting-edge digital technologies for greater productivity and efficiency gains. This way, businesses can utilise technology directly into key business processes, giving them a better chance of succeeding against global competitors,” said Laura.

“Hence, there is an urgent need now for businesses to make the transition into becoming ‘intelligent enterprises’. In the ‘new norm’, intelligent enterprises can ‘do more with less’, deliver best-in-class customer experience, build resilient supply chains, while inventing new business models and revenue streams where everything and everyone is interconnected on one common platform. This comprises the three components of an intelligent suite, running on a digital platform, deploying and applying intelligent technologies.”

SAP’s intelligent suite of solutions helps customers to automate their day-to-day business processes so that customers can better interact both internally and externally. This scenario is achieved through applications that have intelligence embedded in them, and powered by a digital platform to facilitate the collection, connection, and orchestration of data.

For example, in the area of ‘network and spend management’, the various systems could automatically integrate with SAP Concur, so that businesses can better manage company spend.

SAP Concur is a cloud-based solution which improves automation, integration and analytics across travel and expense processes. End-to-end, automated data synchronisation between SAP Concur and other business applications provides management with more visibility into employee spend. This way, management can more effortlessly and accurately manage expenses to get a complete view of company spend in one place.

SAP Concur is renowned for its completely connected spend management solution encompassing travel, expense, invoice, compliance and risk.

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