Visa U.S.A. has teamed up with SAP of Germany to combine Visa's purchasing card and SAP's business-to-business commerce applications.

SAP will work with Visa to balance and distribute purchasing card statements electronically, saving time during reconciliation.

The companies are planning to inaugurate features in the next few months meant to automatically combine the purchasing card data from a corporation's bank with other expense data to expedite data analysis, enable managers and cardholders to approve transactions and determine proper cost allocations, and let the program administrator manage the purchasing cards that have been issued.

Visa has also produced an implementation guide for its member banks.

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