We have the wind in our sails because companies are actively seeking cost killers
Halton, SFR and EADS amongst the latest to increase their reliance on hosted travel and expense applications in search of budgetary savings
Paris, France, 7 April 2009 - The recession is proving a powerful recruiting sergeant for hosted travel & expense management systems, according to European market leader KDS. A widespread determination to reduce corporate travel and expense costs, plus the rising popularity of SaaS (Software as a Service) offerings, has led to a marked increase in sales enquiries for KDS over the past six months.
"We have the wind in our sails because companies are actively seeking cost killers," says Yves Weisselberger, the company’s CEO. "The magic bullets in our case are better control of claims processing, automatic matching of invoices with reservations, and assured policy compliance, all of which result from integrating travel and expense management into a single application.”
“The SaaS message has also reached tipping point,” he continued. “More companies now appreciate that hosted solutions save them money on hardware investments and maintenance, while also ensuring that the data they access is updated in real time.”
KDS is receiving enquiries from companies of all sizes, as they pursue cost savings that can be as great as 20 percent once a KDS application is fully deployed.
In France, Halton, a leader in ventilation and air-conditioning solutions, is one of the latest midsize businesses to turn to KDS. The company, which employs over 1,100 people, has chosen mid-market solution KDS Express to simplify its expense account processing. "KDS Express has allowed us to simplify expense account processing from start to finish, benefitting both the company and our employees," explains Frédéric Durot, Halton's administrative and financial manager.
As a larger employer, French mobile communications operator SFR has recently deployed the KDS Corporate Expense module to improve the management of expense accounts across the group. This is fully integrated with the KDS Corporate Travel module, which the company has used successfully for several years.
On the largest scale, European aviation and defence group EADS Group has recently extended its use of KDS Corporate’s Travel module for a further five years and complemented this with adoption of the Expense module. "EADS and Airbus selected KDS as a unified solution to simplify and automate our travel and expense processes,” says Michael Doerr, business travel manager for EADS. “The solution has already generated substantial savings in France and Germany and adoption throughout the Group is reaching 80%."
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KDS on-demand travel & expense offers a completely integrated solution for travel and expense management, addressing essential needs ranging from travel policy definition and enforcement, to online travel self-booking, to automated travel expense processing and beyond. Every critical procedure can be completed through the KDS ASP offering, resulting in greater efficiencies and associated financial benefits. In addition, KDS offers the most extensive back-end connectivity to airline, car, rail and hotel providers in the industry, ensuring optimized pricing and up-to-the-minute inventory control. For more information, visit www.kds.com.
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