The decision to automate Accounts Payable _ Their Accounts Payable (AP) department consisted of 13 people processing in the region of 180ꯠ invoices per year from suppliers across Europe. Invoices need to be approved by 250 individuals from 3 offices in the UK, 11 depots and 2 manufacturing plants, in addition to users in mainland Europe.
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.