Cash flow or cashflow – one word or two? Even my mentors in fin-tech may disagree on the spelling, but we all agree that cash is the lifeblood of a company. For the record, I prefer to spell it in two words.
Jonathan James Cramer
A veteran of the tech industry, Jonathan has managed marketing programs for small and large companies such as Dun & Bradstreet, Tangoe, and SciMedMedia. As Vice President of Marketing at ActiveWorx, Jonathan helps drive the vision, strategy, and execution of marketing initiatives focusing on Fortune 1000 companies across all industries.
Businesses have a lot riding on their ERP.
The ERP manages policies, payment terms, supplier data, and financial information. As the financial nerve center of the enterprise, ERPs rely on timely, accurate, and complete AP data.
But the data that most ERPs get from the AP processes that feed them is anything but. Incredibly, many AP automation solutions are only loosely integrated with the ERPs that they provide.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
For years, accounts payable (AP) leaders pined for the days when invoices would flow through their department and post directly to their ERP, with little or no intervention required by AP staff.
AP automation solutions and invoice processing software would make it all possible.
While 77 percent of AP departments now have deployed some type of AP automation solution1 – scanning software, optical character recognition (OCR), a supplier portal, or something else – most AP departments are still manually handling most of the invoices they receive from suppliers2.
It’s not uncommon for a single invoice to be handled five or more times before it is approved for payment. In addition, many AP departments exacerbate the problem by paying their suppliers with paper checks, which require staff to print, stuff, mail checks, and manually reconcile bank statements.
Why AP is so labor-intensive
Every manual task in the accounts payable cycle results in higher costs, more opportunities for errors, a greater chance of delays and lost invoices, and less visibility into where things stand in the process.
Automation isn’t to blame for all these manual tasks. Instead, the fault lies with the piecemeal approach most AP departments have taken to automate their invoice processing and supplier payments.
When processing invoices and paying suppliers, AP departments big and small rely on an assortment of point solutions and closed-loop networks, each with its logins and passwords, user authentication, file formats, and proprietary integrations. Manual intervention and data silos abound. As a result, the typical AP practitioner spends 84 percent of their typical workday on manual, repetitive tasks such as keying data, shuffling paper, and chasing down information.
Manual tasks undermine the entire accounts payable cycle:
One of my summer jobs in the college years involved manually inputting invoice data into an enterprise resource planning application (ERP) back in 1997. My...
Norristown, PA – December 17th, 2019 – – ActiveWorx OSG announces its Sponsorship at the upcoming IBM THINK 2020 Conference in May 2020.
ActiveWorx OSG will have multiple team members present at the 2020 IBM THINK Conference May 4th-7th as an exhibitor. With the recent acquisition of ActiveWorx by OSG Billing, the company’s new named presence at the conference will be OSG Digital Solutions.
OSG Digital Solutions (ActiveWorx OSG) plans will be available to meet with partners, discuss industry trends, and offer insight into BPA and Payments solutions.
“THINK 2020 is one of our largest partner conferences that we look forward to attending. We are excited to work with our business partners at IBM, and lead discussions about the future of Intelligent Automation” states Scott Azzolina, VP of Channel Sales at ActiveWorx OSG, “We enjoy connecting with as many industry professionals as we can, and we are looking forward to meeting more industry leaders this May”.