Introduction

P2P as a driver of digital transformation

Financial decision-makers have a strategical role in business processes that is enabling them to be leaders of digital transformation projects. Among these, the digitalisation of Procure-to-Pay process is one of the priority.

The supplier invoicing process (one that is still often manual, complex, time-consuming and a source of costs and disputes) is generally the first natural step in the P2P digital transformation journey and a key performance lever.

Once a P2P automation is in place, it becomes an outstanding showcase to demonstrate the digital transformation capabilities of the organisation and gives CFOs a role as leader in the field.

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55%

consider that the Finance and Administration Division will lead the way in digital transformation

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60%

of finance departments believe that automation is one of their main priorities

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Procure-to-Pay automation: how to maximise the benefits?

Digitising the Procure-to-Pay process offer a number of benefits: productivity, auditability, traceability, risk management, resilience, real-time control… Meaning, costs and processing times of the supplier invoice can be considerably reduced as confirmed by numerous studies:

  • Cost of processing an invoice:
    $21 in manual processing; up to less than $3 for automated processing
  • Processing times:
    More than 15 days if manual.  Less than 3 days if automated. These performances are some of the best.

Organisations that get the maximum benefits from P2P digitisation have told us about various good practices:

  • Make use of maximum automation
    Scanning automation and invoice data validation are the cornerstones of performance. Every automation percentage counts! Look for a solution provider that guarantees you a minimum automation rate. For instance, at ITESOFT, we guarantee you a minimum of 85% of automation rate.
  • Make use of highly adaptable processes
    More than 15 days in manual and up to less than 3 days if automated
  • Be capable of anticipating developments in technology (IA, RPA, Blockchain...), new regulations (e-invoicing, Duty to Report...), and take advantage of them. Making use of an up-to-date and adaptable solution is therefore essential.
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Best Practices

How to successfully implement your P2P digitalization project?

How can you make your P2P digitisation project a success and ensure that your objectives are met?Successful digitisation requires choosing the right solution. Several criteria must be taken into account:

  • Simplicity: Is the solution pre-configured and ready to use? Is it easy to adopt for the company's operations?
  • Performance : Does the solution provider commit to a minimum automation rate?
  • Security:  Are fraud detection mechanisms (false invoices, false suppliers, etc.) systematic, before the invoice is paid, and is the data embedded in the solution?
  • Comprehensiveness: Does the solution offer more than accounts payable automation?
    What about digitisation of purchases to optimise control?
    What about supplier relationship management to streamline exchanges and increase compliance? Or what about business management to analyse and optimise processes?

Once the solution has been chosen, successful implementation requires good change management practices: defining clear objectives, obtaining the support of management teams, involving all participants.

Beware of traditional methods (V-cycle), which have shown their limits and do not allow you to make the most of the cloud: difficulty of development, tunnel effect, gap between what is expected and what is achieved...

Today, agile and practical methodologies such as ITESOFT's Quickstart, capitalising on more than 1,000 digital transformation projects, offer a rapid production start-up to enable the business to familiarise themselves with the solution in a real situation, and then to develop it along the way according to their real needs. The bonus: better adoption by users, ROI from the start of the project and faster, more controlled deployment.

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