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EInvoicing & Automation

Survey Results Revealed - Collaboration, Payment Terms, E-Invoicing, Brexit

Despite a period of relative stability over the last year, very low levels of economic growth, combined with concerns relating to a possible (and now confirmed) Brexit as well as the destabilising events across Europe, have meant that the background for most organisations has remained challenging. So during the first three months of this year we took an in-depth look at how this was affecting the UK’s purchase to pay departments, the challenges they faced and their strategies for the future.

E-Invoicing - Some organisations just don't get it

Some organisations get it. They fully recognise the potential e-invoicing has to transform their business. Others, quite simply, don’t. Those in the second camp see e-invoicing only as a potentially faster way of paying suppliers, but with added implementation and process change costs, and anyway they're quite happy the way things are – so push it to one side.

E-Invoicing: Making it Happen across the UK Public Sector

Guest article by Stephen Carter, Head of e-Invoicing, Basware UK

It is clear that e-invoicing is an essential part of an efficient financial supply chain. But it isn’t simply a matter of sellers emailing invoices to buyers as PDFs – it’s far more. The real public sector savings come from the removal of paper and PDFs from the whole process – from ordering through to invoice capture and processing, approval and posting – even payments. This is an important distinction to make, especially if the UK public sector are to achieve the estimated £2bn in cashable efficiency savings.

In AP automation - one size does not fit all

Accounts Payable automation solutions come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from raw technology (capture, workflow) to purpose-built solutions, applied to sub-processes or the end-to-end process, including purchasing. During the adoption process, companies typically identify the focus of their automation initiative (what is slow and cumbersome, error-prone, or costly), research vendors of proven technologies, including delivery and support. Once the solution is selected, next is the implementation process, deployed according to organisation’s specifications. Beyond insuring that the solution is appropriate for a modest increase in the volume of invoices processed, there is little focus on how the solution will need to evolve in the future.