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Here’s a quick look at a few things we’ve done in the past few months to make sure Expensify runs faster than a <insert inappropriate joke here>.

Cache, Cache, Cache

Before (gray) and after (blue) chart of API Response Times

Before (dashed) and after (solid blue) chart of API response times – from New Relic

The biggest change we’ve made to speed up our API was introducing a global caching layer, aware of the relationships between the data we handle, and capable of prefetching resources in bulk when necessary. This has reduced the read load on our database server by around 25% (!), freeing resources to serve more customers at any time, especially at peak load. The API is used by all of our apps, including expensify.com – so the benefits of this can be perceived across all of our services.  Continue Reading…

VDAY

First and foremost, we’ve made two HUGE upgrades:  Continue Reading…

You’ve asked for it, and we listened. Now you can upload your scanned, digitized, text, html, and pretty much any other type of receipt directly to your account or directly to an expense that needs a receipt image.

Upload digital receipts directly to your account

For detailed instructions on how to use the new direct receipt upload feature, as well as to check out all the supported file types for receipts, check out our uploading receipts help page.

We just keep rolling them out; we’ve just released the Expensify Android application!

You could own this!

Again, what can you do with it?

Add Cash Expenses

For example, just after a fancy meal with clients, pick up your phone, press Expensify, press Add Expense, enter the amount, the name of the restaurant, enter the client’s name in the comments field, and press Submit to send those details right on up to your Expensify account, one click away from being on your next expense report! And if your company requires a receipt…

Upload Receipt Images

Simply snap a picture of the receipt with your phone’s camera, and it’ll be also sent up to Expensify, either attached to the expense you just entered, or unattached, ready to be attached to an expense later.

Install It

So don’t just sit there, pick up your Android G1 or MyTouch phone, head to the Market, and search for Expensify, or just check out the “Just in” section in Finance!

The app works on all currently released Android phones – and if you’re thinking of getting a Motorola Droid phone, coming our next week, don’t worry, we’ll have your expense reporting needs covered!

Tom

Mobile Developer

Expensify.