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."
Electronic invoices contain all of the information required in a traditional, paper invoice in an encrypted format, including data on the sender and recipient, such as their name and Tax ID number, the date of the invoice, the sender's legal address, the amount of the invoice and the percentage and amount of VAT, among other information. Furthermore, the document includes an electronic signature, which is generated using a digital certificate that has been provided to the sender of the invoice by a Tax Agency_approved certificate company. This combination of factors provides a Electronic Invoice with sufficient reliability so as to indisputably guarantee its integrity and the authenticity of its origin.
An additional benefit of the solution is that IMS reduces the possibility of duplicates being paid, the system includes validation that picks up possible duplicates and alerts the AP team. This will reduce the estimated Â£80ꯠ per year that was previously being spent on duplicate invoices. Summary of key benefits : Increased control _ Increased efficiency _ Reduction in AP headcount by 4 people _ Elimination of manual data entry _ Reduction in lost invoices _ Elimination of duplicate invoices _ Reduction in time spent locating and chasing invoices.