The Conversion of Paper Invoices into Electronic Invoices and Vice Versa _ The recent publication of Ministerial Mandate number EHA뭚 defines the elements necessary for converting paper invoices into their electronic equivalent, establishing that the digitalization process must guarantee that the result is a faithful reproduction of the original, paper document and that the digitalization device (scanner) must produce the image along with a Qualified Electronic Signature (as defined in Directive number 1999ኹ). The process through which this is accomplished is designated as "Certified Digitalization."
Dealing with this volume in a manual operation was causing several problems. Invoice processing was extremely paper intensive; a considerable amount of time and effort was spent data inputting, chasing paper invoices and filing. It was often difficult to locate invoices and the AP team would waste time contacting the business users to trace invoices. This resulted in a lack of efficiency and a lack of control over the process. There had also been an issue of making a number of duplicate payments.