Last week, myself and four other members of the Oversight team attended the Concur Fusion event in New Orleans. The event lasted May 6-9, with the bulk of events and activities held at the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center. Several of the Oversight team presented sessions and sat on panels, and we also had a booth in the expo hall where we were able to talk to people about Oversight’s technology solutions for T&E and P-Card programs.
During the first day our CEO, Patrick Taylor, EVP Chris Rossie, and VP of Sales Mike Harron attended a “partners only” meeting with the Concur team. Concur is unlike any business we’ve seen out there in the way they approach partnerships and strive to build a sustainable partnership eco system. With Concur, you can tell that providing their customers with access to great solutions is a priority for them. We’ve been excited from day 1 to partner with Concur, but seeing the focus and excitement from their team was one of the trip highlights for Oversight.
On Day 2 (Tuesday) we manned our booth, and got a lot of attention and foot traffic, even more than we expected. We were so pleased after the NAPCP conference, because we had more traffic and attention on our booth there than ever before, but this conference was even better. Having great prospects and current customers at Concur Fusion to help spread positive word of mouth really helped as well. At one point, we had so many people in the booth that Chris Rossie began giving demos of our software on the spot, which is something we’ve never done before, but hope to implement at conferences in the future since demos were so popular with the crowd.
The rest of the conference was spent networking and attending really great sessions. Oversight’s Chris Rossie presented his session, “Effectively Managing the Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA) in the Financial Services Industry.” Our Vice President of Solutions, Manish Singh presented “Understanding Apps for My Business.” Finally, Oversight CEO Patrick Taylor presented “Detecting Fraud & Anomalies in Your T&E Program; What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You.” Patrick’s session was the best attended, with over 300 individuals there.
Other highlights from the conference included the main party held on Thursday evening at the Mardis Gras World event venue. Mardis Gras is always a fun time, but overall, I think the best part of the conference was seeing the changing trends in the T&E/corporate spending field. People are starting to want better visibility into their T&E spending, or they’re struggling with the levels of manual effort associated with achieving better oversight. All week long we were happy to demonstrate how our technology is the best out there for solving both of those problems.