Francene Besson Invoice Design September 19, 2018 02:49:17
The new invoice processing solution has considerably automated the AP department this is resulting in an increase in control over the process. At the end of each month the ERP system produces an AP Log report that lists all the invoices that are with the business users. It is expected that the slicker and faster process will lead to a considerable reduction in the number of items on this log.
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The decision was made to automate the invoice processing; to streamline the department and ultimately to be benchmarked as an exemplary AP process. The search began to find a solution that could meet their needs: integrate tightly with their ERP solution be sufficiently flexible to mirror their processes and be easy for the AP team to use. "We chose to go with our final supplier because we felt they took the time to really investigate our process work with us to design the most efficient system and were able to prove the seamless integration with our ERP system and had a very effective workflow solution."
One of the key strengths of the automated invoice processing operation is the tight integration between their finance system and IMS. This is based on a transfer of Shared Reference Data that happens nightly that ensures each system contains the most up to date information e.g. PO numbers GL codes and new vendors.
Paper invoices entering the AP department are now scanned into the IMS (Invoice Management Solution) system. Using Automated Data Capture technologies the header information such as invoice total supplier name etc is automatically read from the invoice. The integration between IMS and the ERP then enables this data to be populated directly to register the invoice in the financial system with minimal manual data entry required. If IMS does not recognise the vendor workflow automatically sends this as a query to the business user who can then select whether this is a new vendor to be set up in the ERP or is just a one-off vendor. The integration between IMS and the ERP triggers the creation of the appropriate vendor. This ensures that delays are not created with unknown vendors and speeds up the process of adding new vendors to the finance system.