OE2C: Travel and Entertainment Committee selects Concur® as new expense management tool

Concur logoConcur® has been chosen as SMU’s new electronic travel and expense management solution, as announced by Lyle Dean and Executive Sponsor Marc Christensen and the OE2C Travel and Entertainment Committee in a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The initiative committee would like to thank the faculty, staff and students who provided input and attended the finalist demonstrations in early September.

Based on feedback received from across campus and from consultation with peer and aspirant universities, Concur® emerged as the best option for SMU, according to the committee’s report. The associated tools offer “an absolute, integrated, and tailored solution for easier management of travel, expense and travel risk management obligations.”

The Travel and Entertainment Initiative Committee will continue its review of the University Travel and Entertainment Policy to build a simpler, more standardized process as the implementation of Concur® begins in the coming months. Additional suggestions and feedback from the SMU community are encouraged as this initiative moves forward.

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OE2C project aims to streamline contract administration process

SMU’s OE2C project has identified its next initiative: to update and streamline the University’s contracting processes.

To meet this goal, an SMU team “will seek to update risk policies to streamline the contracting process and to create a prioritization system for contract requests,” according to an update for SMU’s OE2C website dated Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

“These actions will help individuals understand how the contracting process works and create more transparency about the time required,” says Bill Detwiler, associate vice president for business services and program manager for OE2C.

Simmons Dean David Chard and Professor of Music Thomas Tunks, a former SMU associate provost, will lead the Contract Administration initiative. Additional team members are being identified. The organizers expect their work to begin in early September.

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