Lissette Boulanger Invoice Design September 16, 2018 16:42:11
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.
In order to comply with regulations and ensure that an electronic invoice has the same legal validity as a paper invoice the corresponding electronic document must contain the same mandatory fields as any other invoice must be signed with an electronic signature based on a recognized certificate and must be sent from one computer to another with the parties mutual consent. This combination of factors provides a Telematic Invoice with sufficient reliability so as to indisputably guarantee its integrity and the authenticity of its origin.
Another outcome is an increase in efficiency; the AP department can instantly find an invoice without having to waste time chasing the business users. With approximately 70% of the invoices now matching the PO immediately a considerable amount of invoices only require scanning after which the process is entirely automated. This efficiency has directly resulted in a reduction in the number of people required in the Accounts Payable department; before the system was installed the team consisted of 13 people and there have been reductions in headcount as the AP manager substantiates:
No PO number Invoices that arrive in AP without a PO number can be very problematic which can take the team a lot of man-hours to manually process them. AP may receive non-PO invoices when a supplier has provided products or services to the buyer without receiving a purchase order. Many different challenges can arise when processing non-PO invoices which may include difficulty identifying the purchaser and original authoriser - making the approval process lengthy and a higher risk for errors.
IMS now routes each invoice to be coded and authorised by the correct individual. Some invoices are automatically sent by IMS and others are routed by the AP clerk If the system is not entirely confident of this selection the AP user will initiate the distribution of the invoice to the procurer for authorisation. If they do not have the correct sign-off limit IMS determines the appropriate individual to forward it to until final approval is achieved.
If you are permitted to submit your invoice via email then it is useful to convert the invoice into PDF format so that it cannot be altered. There is a free PDF creator which you can use at PDFCreator. This creates a PDF file from any application which can then be emailed to the client. Better off if you can use a software system it will automatically generate invoice in PFD format you can also email it straight away from within the a software program.