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Target Corporation was formed by renaming the Dayton-Hudson Corporation the parent company of Dayton-Hudson Stores, Target Stores, Mervyns and Marshall Fields. During the reorganization Target Corporation required a central employee expense reimbursement system to better manage the corporate expense reporting and enable a system that would serve over 282,000 employees of the corporation. The expense reporting process was going to be made easily accessible--Web based and totally functional within the payroll systems of all the companies. Concur expense reporting software met those immediate requirements.

In addition, interfacing with American Express Corporate Card system for automating the expense tracking and utilizing information already populated within American Express was part of the initial analysis.

The momentum to eliminate paper work, data entry, travel related charges presented itself to the leadership of A Science and Art Corporation.

The major design of the system was to automate the reporting by interfacing with American Express, produce a line item on the employee's paycheck for approved expenses and interfacing with each of the companies' financial reporting systems.

The design embraced both client/server and mainframe applications. Individual access to the system was accomplished with determined modules to identify roles and procedures for each permitted user. Approved expenses were interfaced with each of the separate payroll systems consisting of IBM DB2 GEAC and Tesseract IMS applications. Every application that entails finance required checks and balances to the individual General Ledger systems. Modules to automate the payment of approved expenses to American Express were part of the design.

Involvement of all impacted business units required participation of Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance and Senior Management.

The modules identified were developed according to specifications agreed by each of the responsible team members. Team members' individual expertise in areas of network, client/server, mainframe, finance and business applications were utilized.

Studies were performed with a Usability Laboratory for the system. Based on the results decision to gradually introduce the system to a pilot group involving a portion of each the companies was made. When all the pieces of the puzzle were satisfied each of the companies were switched to the new system.

Mervyns was first to be introduced, Marshall Fields and Dayton-Hudson were second, Target Stores and Corporate were third.

Every new system involves a change from the old way of doing things. There were pros and cons depending on if the system was enhancing your job functions or replacing your job functions. Overall the rewards of the savings and the ability of the Corporation getting a precise handle of the expense reporting process resulted in a positive evaluation.

Target Corporation's Employee Expense Reimbursement system named Expense Workplace was successfully executed and immediately began the return on investment that amounted to approximately 4 million dollars a year. Expense Workplace is incorporated into Team Members portal:  http://www.target.com/spot/team-servicesTarget's acknowledgement of Making a Difference award was duly noted to the leadership of A Science and Art Corporation.


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