When you travel, why is it that in spite of the fact that you want your money back quickly, submitting your expense report is not the top activity on your mind? So far, for most of us, it’s because we’ve been stuck in a tedious processes of gathering receipts, taping them to paper, inputting data on either a spreadsheet or online app, then either dropping them in an envelope to Accounting. We put off submitting that expense report because it’s not fun and we have more valuable things to do with our time. Model Metrics just changed the expense reporting game for us though. Weary travelers, get ready for the first and only expense report app you’ll likely ever enjoy. Get ready for Expense2GO.
Starting today in the Apple App Store on iTunes (v 7.7), you can download Expense2GO, the first native iPhone expense reporting app that lets you enter expenses on the go, online or offline and sync them securely to an expense management system in Salesforce.com with full workflow capabilities.
Model Metrics has built Expense2GO from the ground up on the iPhone platform. They utilized the iPhone camera as a part of the app and integrated the whole process back to Salesforce.com and the workflow and approvals available from the Force.com platform. From your iPhone, you can incur an expense and literally moments later, it could be approved by your boss and you’re on to more productive work. At initial launch, the online interface for expenses will be a non-Visualforce application, but later this summer, the full Visualforce user interface will be released.
Part of the game-changing nature of Expense2GO is how you enter your expenses. As you get a receipt, take a quick picture of it with the built-in iPhone camera. Attach it to a visit or trip, put in a note or two and hit the sync button. It’s really that simple. But to say it’s that simple really doesn’t live up to the headline I gave it above, saying that expense reporting is sexy. To understand why I say that, you really have to see the video demo and the screenshots below. It’s really quite elegant.
The benefits of Expense2GO seem huge.
- Instantly digitize receipts
- Online and offline data entry allows you to report an expense literally anywhere
- Interface utilizes iPhone multi-touch to make data entry extremely easy
- Security is built-in and enterprise class
- Workflow is built-in, customizable, and approvals can be done through the iPhone
- Integration through web services allows deep ties to be built to your back office
- Entering an expense report is fun for the first time
The cost of Expense2GO is $10 per month, per user, regardless of whether you use Salesforce.com already or not. Salesforce.com CRM licensing is not required.
I heard someone once say that Apple makes the sexiest looking rectangles in the world and it’s true. Apple makes some of the simplest, yet most elegant designs in their products. The iPhone demonstrates that and now there’s a way to leverage that elegance in a business process that nobody liked, until now. Model Metrics is pushing the envelope with the interfaces they’ve built to Salesforce. Along with the iPhone 3G enhancements that are breaking down barriers to corporate acceptance of the iPhone, Model Metrics is showing us that the iPhone is not just a good looking device, it can really be leveraged to solve a big problem for travelers.
To download Expense2GO, you’ll need iTunes 7.7. Then head to the iTunes Store and search Expense2GO. While you can download the app today, you won’t be able to run it on the iPhone or iPod Touch until the iPhone 2.0 sofware update is released on July 11.