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Expensify allows employees to scan their receipts directly from their phones, which can come in handy on business trips. (Maridav/Shutterstock)

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Office automation tools you have never heard of that could change the way you do business

From an app that keeps your cash flow forecast up to date to software that automates every step of the expense reporting process, these systems could change the way you work

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From an app that keeps your cash flow forecast up to date to software that automates every step of the expense reporting process, here are four automation tools that could change the way you work.

EXPENSIFY

Take expense reporting to a new level with Expensify. Not only does it allow employees to scan their receipts directly from their phones, it automates every step of the process. Its features include real-time expense reports (which includes automatic reporting and submitting, automatic approval based on your company’s policies and automatic accounting synchronization), auditor access, and one-click online reimbursement. Expensify integrates with accounting, ERP and travel software, including Oracle, Quickbooks and Egencia. It also automatically imports receipts from several service-based organizations, including Uber and Lyft.

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KISI

If you’re tired of having to print ID cards every time a new employee starts or someone loses the card they were given, this cloud-based system could be for you. Featuring a smartphone access control system, Kisi allows you to remotely give and revoke access to employees as needed.

business man using app on tablet, with calculator at office desk (Photo by Peshkova/Getty Images)

FLOAT

With its intuitive visual cash flow forecasting, Float allows you to focus on the future of your business. It automatically updates using data from your accounting platform, freeing up your time from having to reconcile historic information.

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IPSWITCH

Skip sending files over email with Ipswitch’s MOVEit Managed File Transfer software. It allows both internal and external users to share sensitive data, securely. The software also features a drag-and-drop capability, making it easy to use. Ipswitch also offers analytics, which streamlines compliance reporting and audit preparation with the automated reporting of tasks, workflows and file transfer activities.