Cost-conscious companies looking for a way to streamline their cost management and accounts payable operations might look to a new Concur application called Breeze, available through Google's application marketplace.
Concur, a provider of cost control and other on-demand services for small to
medium-size businesses, announced the launch of Breeze, an online expense
reporting service designed specifically for small businesses. A free 30-day
trial is immediately available on the Google Apps Marketplace, Google's
recently launched online storefront for Google Apps products and services.
Breeze is designed to streamline the expense management process by
automatically creating expense reports using electronic data imported directly
from both personal and corporate credit card charges.
The company argues that by automating the process and eliminating the need
for paper receipts, spreadsheets and reimbursement cycles, Breeze reduces the
time and hassle associated with expense reporting by simplifying bookkeeping
and helping companies better track costs and manage cash. Review and approval
capabilities of business expenses include T&E, office supplies,
advertising, shipping, telecom and more. Breeze is initially available for a
30-day free trial period and will subsequently cost $8 per user per month.
Available immediately for customers in the United
States, the company said Breeze would reach
additional geographies by the end of the calendar year.
Robert Anderson, research vice president with analyst firm Gartner, said the
SMB market has traditionally been underserved when it comes to full-featured
technology solutions that manage specific business processes. "Cloud
computing and on-demand services are increasingly becoming the de-facto
standard to deliver technology and innovations in a cost-effective and scalable
manner," he said. "Small businesses can benefit by taking advantage of features
and functionality that until recently were only available to larger
Google Apps clients access Concur Breeze via secure single sign-on through
Google universal navigation, with planned deeper integration that would deliver
enhanced expense data reporting and analysis into Google Apps, slated for 2010.
"We are very excited to have Concur Breeze in the Google Apps
Marketplace," said Scott McMullan, Google Apps partner lead for Google
Enterprise. "Through the Google Apps Marketplace, software vendors like
Concur are helping us build a rich ecosystem of integrated apps that work
seamlessly with Google Apps, allowing IT administrators to leverage the
benefits of cloud computing and extend Google Apps to meet more of their
business needs. We are happy to make expense reporting easier for the millions
of Google Apps users who have embraced the cloud."
Elena Donio, executive vice president and general manager of emerging
business for Concur, said Breeze is designed to specifically address the unique
needs of small businesses looking to streamline their operations and improve
efficiency with an automated expense reporting process.
"With a free trial, affordable monthly fees and an on-demand service
that can be set up in minutes, Concur has removed all barriers to automation
that previously existed within this market segment," she said. "Now, any small
business can experience the benefits of automated expense reporting, powered by
the same technology that's trusted by over 10,000 companies-including some of
the largest companies in the world-and used by millions of employees around the