The rise of the mobile device has fundamentally changed the way people live, play and even work with each other. Thanks to powerful, network capable, computational devices that people can carry in their pocket, we now live in an age where anyone with a phone or a tablet can answer any question they have, or talk to any friend or loved anywhere in the world, by simply pressing a few buttons and using some software. Mobile devices have made it possible for all the convenience and productivity of personal computing to go wherever the people do.
For people that are traveling on company expenses, this is particularly convenient. Expense reports used to have to be filed upon return from a business trip, involving a lot of paperwork. Then expense report software made its appearance on desktop computers and laptops, which shaved off some of the paperwork, but still required time to fill out because of the need to keep and collate receipts. Now, expense report software sits comfortably on an app on mobile devices. This means that expense reporting can now occur “as it happens,” with a quick entry for a car rental or business dinner, and even the receipt can be photographed for digital storage, no longer requiring employees to return with a stapled or paper-clipped pile of receipts that need to be attached to every report.
Expense report software as an app makes the act of reporting faster and easier, and this allows your reports to be more comprehensive and accurate. The ability to save this information online also means that expense reports can be tracked in real time, rather than having to wait until a trip is over before getting a final accounting of how the expenses were used. For financial departments, this is also another boost in efficiency that helps them to work more effectively overall.
It’s hard to believe how much of a difference an app can make to the way people work, but people said the same thing about mobile devices themselves, and they’ve made the world a very different place.