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. The outcome of automation _ 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.
Types of Electronic Invoices _ An electronic invoice is one which meets the same requirements that apply to invoices issued on paper, except that it is presented in electronic format and its authenticity and integrity are guaranteed. In order to guarantee a document's authenticity and integrity, there are three possible methods: Utilization of a recognized digital signature, which is based on a recognized certificate and generated using a secure device for creating signatures. Remittance through an "EDI" system, which ensures integrity and authenticity. Use of another system which, in the opinion of the Auditing Department of the State Tax Agency, ensures authenticity and integrity, whenever the taxpayer issuing the invoice has applied for Agency approval of the system in question. In general, the use of a recognized electronic signature is considered to be an essential element of electronic invoices.