DATABASICS Expense vs. Emburse Certify

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
DATABASICS Expense
Score 4.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
DATABASICS Expense Software streamlines expense management processes, decreases processing costs, and reduces the risk of non-compliance by enabling employees to submit expenses from anywhere. It aims to eliminate the hassle of managing expense reports with a cloud-based solution. The mobile-ready expense software enables employees to capture expenses from their phones or tablets, reducing the cost of travel reimbursements. According to the vendor, key features business…
$800
per month
Emburse Certify
Score 7.2 out of 10
N/A
Certify is travel and expense management software developed by the company of the same name in Maine, which merged with Chrome River in 2019 to form Emburse.N/A
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DATABASICS ExpenseEmburse Certify
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DATABASICS ExpenseEmburse Certify
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequired$8 Expense report
Additional DetailsAnnual subscription Billed monthly or quarterly in advance Starting at $800/month Pricing based on volume (see above) with negotiated monthly minimum and overage rates Fixed fee for implementation and other projects Technical support included in monthly subscriptionCertify AP has volume based pricing based on processed invoices
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User Ratings
DATABASICS ExpenseEmburse Certify
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(1 ratings)
7.7
(55 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.2
(40 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
4.9
(5 ratings)
User Testimonials
DATABASICS ExpenseEmburse Certify
Likelihood to Recommend
DATABASICS
Ability to sync with many other systems and flexible systems. I do not recommend for areas with a bad internet connection.
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Emburse
Certify is not well suited for multi-dimensional ERPs. Although Certify 'offers' general ledger dimensions GLD, the use of them is extremely limited. Filtering on any GLD can only be done once. There is not the possibility for creating hierarchies with the dimensions. The only method of exporting is via a flat file or the open API, which I understand is quite limited. This software is for a smaller scaled business that is not trying to track across dimensions or create hierarchies. Data flow is one directional. I cannot emphasize enough the shortcomings of the reporting. The parameters are mostly based on expense dates rather than expense reports. There are entirely too many of them, and some of them perform the function!
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Pros
DATABASICS
  • Mobile application.
  • Easy to attach supporting documents.
  • The approver can approve from a mobile phone.
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Emburse
  • Integration with Amtrav or other travel booking systems. Certify has a tight integration with travel systems that makes it feel nearly like one cohesive tool.
  • Easy expense options. Use OCR on receipts, import from credit cards and merge items, approve and inquire about expenses. Track your submissions.
  • Easy UI. Friendly and easy to navigate without getting lost.
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Cons
DATABASICS
  • Allow money returns from an advance to be reflected in the advance balance. If an employee settles an advance by returning cash, it does not reflect that in the system.
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Emburse
  • Reporting: I would like to see more chart availability from the program. We include various data points from Certify in our monthly financial statement package. Currently, we export data from the program and create our own pivot tables to create charts.
  • Dashboard feature: It would be nice to be able to use the data for a specific date and then be able to print that information.
  • Can't think of another one. As stated before, they listen to their customers so prior issues have been addressed and implemented.
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Usability
DATABASICS
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Emburse
If the integrations with our card programs had succeeded, I expect [Emburse] Certify would have worked well for expense submitters and approvers. During the short time that the American Express Business integration was active, transactions flowed smoothly, and the expense reporting and receipt matching functions were quite good. The [Emburse] Certify mobile app was particularly powerful and easy to use.
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Support Rating
DATABASICS
Happy with customer support services and the improvements it added to our operations.
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Emburse
The measure of support is how well they respond when you really need them, like when the system is not performing correctly. We have been on the platform less than a year, and there have been at least 2 instances, where the platform was down. The 2nd time was the day before out fiscal year end. And they need a development website. When they are making changes to your LIVE instance, and things go wrong, the client is the first to know about it! I've come to understand that Certify has tiers of support. Those in tier 1, barely know more about the software than the users. I sent a request for a report that shows expense reports currently pending approval and after 5 days of back and forth I was told to build it myself.
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Alternatives Considered
DATABASICS
It costs less. Flexible employees allow you to customize the system to fit your requirements.
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Emburse
Before Certify, there was only manual expense reports entered for our company. This took too much time for employees too finish and caused a delay of efficiency. With Certify, it is easier to access and finish each report with the right amount of effectiveness and efficiency it needs. Certify is really helpful in saving a lot of time for employees that do not have time.
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Return on Investment
DATABASICS
  • Flexibility allows us to speed up the process of reconciling advances.
  • Ability to approve reports by mobile phone allows to speed up the process of posting the expenses.
  • Scanning supporting documents becomes easy as you can use a mobile phone camera and attach it to your report.
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Emburse
  • The organization and automatic flow of the expense report to approvers and then AP saves time for all. The user has agreed that it is easier and quicker to prepare the expense report and the managers and AP department finds the automated process to be quicker and more efficient. Time saved is money saved.
  • Certify can recognize if a duplicate expense is submitted or if an expense is submitted too late to be reimbursed according to our policies. This prevents us from reimbursing an expense in error.
  • We use a customized report to track a specific type of expense that gets submitted by our sales team. There is a limit on what can be spent on specific expenses that fall into an entertainment category and the report helps us to stay within the limits. Previously, without this tool, we had spent so much more time manually tracking these expenses and had gone over the limits, creating a deficiency in our processes.
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ScreenShots

DATABASICS Expense Screenshots

Screenshot of DATABASICS works on mobile or desktopScreenshot of Tracks all kinds of expensesScreenshot of Supports multiple languages or currenciesScreenshot of Personalizable expense reports

Emburse Certify Screenshots

Screenshot of Certify Homepage - User interface for all users that includes a quick view of their expenses, pending expense reports and approval requests.Screenshot of Certify Mobile - Snap photos of receipts on the go and upload them instantly to your virtual Certify Wallet.Screenshot of Certify Travel - Now, corporate travel is even easier. Introducing Certify Travel, your end-to-end corporate travel solution to simplify bookings for employees while helping your company manage travel practices and costs. All for one low monthly fee and no booking fees! Certify Travel is easy to use, yet it is also a powerful enhancement to your company’s expense management system.Screenshot of Certify Reporting & AnalyticsScreenshot of Certify AP- manage cashflow with accounts payable automationScreenshot of Certify AP- streamlining employee purchasing