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Effortless Sustainability: Manage What You Can Measure

Season 3, Ep. 8

Learn about how you can measure the carbon impact of your travel and spending to easily set baseline sustainability goals for your organization. Listen to the Co-founder and Head of Product for Thrust Carbon explain what a carbon emission is, how we measure it, and what an SAP Concur solutions user can do to reduce their carbon footprint and reach the global net-zero goal by 2050 or sooner.

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    Often, your company’s IT department is most visible in its tactical role — helping employees use technology to get their jobs done. But it is IT’s strategic role that directly affects how well your organization uses technology to support your business goals. IT strategists look forward, addressing questions like: What’s next? How can new technology help our business? And how can it improve the daily lives of employees?In this episode of the SAP Concur Conversations podcast, Jeanne Dion, Vice President of the Value Experience team at SAP Concur, chats with Joaquín Buscarons, IT enterprise architect at ESTEVE, about the strategic role of IT in enhancing Travel & Expense (T&E) management. Together, they explore how IT’s strategic vision integrates emerging technologies like AI and cloud computing into T&E systems, boosting efficiency and compliance. They discuss the importance of choosing technologies that align with a company’s growth strategy and how the right IT strategy can support transformation and expansion goals, and enhance efficiency, safety, and performance while being scalable.
  • 6. Building Stronger Businesses: Lessons in Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures with Deloitte

    39:17
    Planning and executing mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures can present a business with a big opportunity to explore new markets or technologies, but they also expose the business to a wide range of challenges. Plagued with nuance, it’s hard to foresee all potential problems until you start diving into the details of a deal. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to prepare to ensure everyone involved comes out on the other side with systems, processes, and a culture that’s even better than how they started. In this podcast, Jeanne Dion, Vice President of the Value Experience team at SAP Concur, sits down with Oren Geshuri, T&E Practice Leader at Deloitte, and Rick Aviles, M&A Practice Partner at Deloitte, about the keys to a successful merger, acquisition, or divestiture. Together, they explore the intricate details and critical factors that contribute to the success of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. From understanding the nuanced differences between these business transitions to emphasizing the importance of culture, communication, and strategic planning, this episode provides valuable insights for businesses looking to navigate the complexities of M&As and divestitures.
  • 5. Meeting Face-to-Face: Optimizing Internal Meeting Management with Groupize

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    Face-to-face meetings have regained prominence in today’s workplace, and with this resurgence comes a growing demand for efficient event management solutions. But while companies are increasingly organizing multiday in-person gatherings to foster collaboration and connection among employees, many are still manually managing the process. Relying on manual management of internal meetings and travel logistics instead of an automated solution can prove cumbersome and costly, burdening organizations with unnecessary complexities. Join Jeanne Dion, Vice President of the Value Experience team at SAP Concur, and Alisa de Gaspe Beaubien, cofounder and CEO of Groupize, as they explore the intersection of internal meetings, travel management, and technology. Together, they discuss the rising popularity of internal company meetings, the impact on travel, and the pivotal role that technology plays in simplifying the process. From identifying potential cost savings to gaining visibility into spend, Jeanne and Alisa share insights into how automated event management solutions can revolutionize internal meeting planning. Listen in to learn how the right technology can help organizations save both time and money and streamline travel management, enhance productivity, and optimize the face-to-face meeting experience.
  • 4. Fraud-Free Culture: The Power of People in Fraud Prevention

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    Technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), can be powerful anti-fraud tools. So can clear policies and rules. But the savviest organizations also recognize the crucial role that people play in the anti-fraud equation. That’s because “fraud is a human problem. It’s not an accounting or a financial or a transactional problem,” says Andi McNeal, the Vice President of Education at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). In fact, in her experience, an ethical and compliant corporate culture “may be the most critical component of an entire anti-fraud program.” In this episode of the SAP Concur Conversations podcast, Andi joins Jeanne Dion, Vice President of the Value Experience team at SAP Concur, to discuss how to protect your organization from fraud. Together, they explain how cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and robust policies serve as formidable defenses, and underscore that the true linchpin in fraud prevention is an ethical corporate culture built on trust. Listen in for research-backed strategies for safeguarding your organization against fraud.
  • 3. Finance Forward: How AI is Shaping the Future of Financial Professionals

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    Artificial intelligence (AI) is having a transformative impact on the finance industry, and with rapid advancement on the horizon, financial professionals are faced with both excitement and uncertainty about how this technology will reshape their roles and organizations.In this episode of the SAP Concur Conversations podcast, Nathanael L’Heureux, Chief Solutions Ambassador at Oversight, joins host Jeanne Dion to explore the pivotal role of AI in revolutionizing financial functions and empowering professionals to excel in their roles. They discuss key questions surrounding AI's impact on finance, including how AI is transforming financial functions, how professionals can become AI champions, and how individuals and organizations can embrace AI to elevate their contributions and drive business success. Drawing on Nathanael's deep expertise, they highlight practical strategies for leveraging AI to elevate financial performance and mitigate risk. Listen in as they share actionable advice and thought-provoking perspectives on the future of finance in the age of AI and discuss how to navigate this paradigm shift to tap into new opportunities for innovation and growth.
  • 2. Ahead of the Curve: Top Trends in Travel and Spend Management (Part 2)

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    In this two-part episode of the SAP Concur Conversations podcast, host Jeanne Dion and executive producer Kelly Moorman reflect on the transformative trends that emerged in 2023 and look ahead to how they're shaping the future of travel and spend management in 2024. From future-proofing organizations to embracing digital adoption, change management, and sustainability, we dive deep into the key themes powering businesses to stay ahead in an ever-evolving landscape. Plus, get a sneak peek into what's in store for 2024, including discussions on AI innovation, fraud prevention, IT strategy, and more. Tune in for valuable insights and actionable strategies to elevate your organization's travel and spend management practices.(Note: this is Part Two of a two-part episode)
  • 1. Ahead of the Curve: Top Trends in Travel and Spend Management (Part 1)

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    In this two-part episode of the SAP Concur Conversations podcast, host Jeanne Dion and executive producer Kelly Moorman reflect on the transformative trends that emerged in 2023 and look ahead to how they're shaping the future of travel and spend management in 2024. From future-proofing organizations to embracing digital adoption, change management, and sustainability, we dive deep into the key themes powering businesses to stay ahead in an ever-evolving landscape. Plus, get a sneak peek into what's in store for 2024, including discussions on AI innovation, fraud prevention, IT strategy, and more. Tune in for valuable insights and actionable strategies to elevate your organization's travel and spend management practices.(Note: this is Part One of a two-part episode)
  • 12. Health Beyond Home: Cultivating Employee Well-Being in the Era of Global Business Travel

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    As organizations amplify their travel initiatives, a pressing need arises to redefine employee health support beyond conventional wellness programs. This imperative particularly targets the distinctive health challenges faced by business travelers.By exploring innovative avenues, organizations are uncovering evidence-based strategies to confront this multifaceted issue. From fortifying workforce resilience to reengineering core business processes and modernizing travel policies, these strategies not only alleviate employee stress but also yield tangible benefits by enhancing satisfaction and bolstering the bottom line.In this episode of the SAP Concur Conversations podcast, Dr. Myles Druckman, Senior Vice President and Global Medical Director for International SOS — and a leading expert in international employee and traveler health management — joins Jeanne Dion, Vice President of the Value Experience Team at SAP Concur, to explore the not-so-perfect storm of overwhelm today’s business travelers face. Together, they delve into the ways organizations can proactively cultivate a robust culture of health tailored to meet the unique needs of travelers and share strategies for navigating the complex landscape of employee well-being in an era of global business travel.
  • 11. From Chaos to Control: How Travel Managers Can Meet the Multi-Channel Challenge

    36:19
    In the ever-evolving world of corporate travel, significant changes are reshaping the landscape. As business travel suppliers distribute an explosion of content across a growing number of channels, the days of booking through a single or limited channels are quickly becoming a thing of the past. At the same time, employees want access to multiple channels and the flexibility to book travel directly. While some organizations are steadfastly resisting these changes, others are embracing the fundamental shift that is underway and smartly adapting their travel strategies to keep up with this multi-channel reality.In this episode of the SAP Concur Conversations podcast, Paul Tilstone shares independent insights provided by FESTIVE ROAD alongside Charlie Sultan, President of Concur Travel, as they explore today’s multi-channel reality and its impact on travel managers. Together, they share how organizations are navigating the complex world of multi-channel travel while maintaining program control, ensuring their adaptability and success in this dynamic and highly complex landscape.