Xpenser is a perfect illustration of a data flow service. It simplifies the recording of business expenses, producing simple reports and recording the various stages of reimbursement.
The applications strengths are in its convenience and simplicity. Once an account is set up expenses can be logged by:
- instant messaging
- web site
- browser toolbars
In all cases, the message takes a simple standard form
e.g. “lunch $35 with Fred, Ginger”
Xpenser then parses your message extracting a category, price and notes to add to a fresh entry in your current report. When you’re ready to process your expenses you can export your data in Excel, Quicken, MS Money or Freshbooks format.
You can also export your data as a secure RSS feed for display or transformation. With an API in the pipeline Xpenser will be capable of tighter integration with other business systems.