Daily Archives: December 5, 2013

Are Your Invoices Still out of Control? Ready to Do Something About it?

Paper, paper everywhere
all the desks do warp.
Paper, paper everywhere
enough to fill a thorp.

And it shouldn’t be that way. But, as per our previous post, despite the recent appearance on the market of some modern solutions that can revolutionize invoice management and automation at even the largest Fortune 500 and Global 3000 companies, the state of e-invoice and AP Automation today is dismal. The 2012 AP Automation Survey Report found that 9 in 10 organizations still deal with paper invoices and that 90% of invoices are paper-based in half of the organizations that responded!

Moreover, Aberdeen’s 2012 study of of 180 organizations, reported in AP Invoice Management in a Networked Economy, found that laggard organizations, which represent the bottom 30% of organizations, require an average of 16.3 days to process an invoice from receipt to approval. The good news: this is a significant improvement over their 2009 study on E-Payables: Invoice Receipt and Workflow that found laggard organizations required an average of 32.9 days to process an invoice. The bad news: it’s still a very large amount of time, especially if an organization wants the opportunity to take advantage of early payment or dynamic discounting.

As a result, the average organization spends somewhere between $30 and $40 just to process a single invoice! In other words, with the exception of best-in-class organizations that heavily employ modern invoice automation solutions and only spend an average of $3 to $4 to process a single invoice, invoices are out of control in 4 out of 5 organizations. But they don’t need to be!

There is an answer, and the answer is the end-to-end invoice automation, as detailed in SI’s new paper on An End-to-End Invoice Automation Framework Benefits & Best Practices, sponsored by Nipendo. (Registration required.) Download it today and find some of the answers you seek.