The finance function is crucial to assessing an organisation’s financial health, but stopping at manual processes and legacy tools prevents organisations from deriving long-term value.
Today, finance needs to be a strategic, data-driven, and digitally-focused function in order to improve productivity, reduce risk and reporting errors, and improve work-life balance. Leveraging technology not only enables organisations to remain competitive but also empowers them to look beyond the completion of finance tasks and utilize data analytics to further improve internal processes.
This eBook explores:
- The impact of manual methods on accounts payable (AP) and financial close processes
- The benefits of intelligent automation into your AP process
- How automation optimises the invoice transaction process
- How automation enhances statement reconciliation
- The importance of deriving AP performance analytics
- The business impact of automation into AP and financial close processes
Consequences of Manual Processes for Organisations
While many accounting and finance professionals are resistant to change, it’s becoming more and more apparent that manual processes lead to many short- and long-term consequences for organisations.
Lack of Visibility
Tracking the current progress of the financial close and accounts payable processes is essential for every organisation. Finance and accounting leaders may find it difficult to navigate the status of essential close tasks and accounts payable transactions.
The more manual tasks there are, the more susceptible those tasks are to errors. Relying on human intervention for tasks that can be easily automated burdens accountants to repetitively track transactions and reconcile them.
Reduced Work-Life Balance
The accounting profession is known for a work-life imbalance, with many accountants sacrificing their holidays, evenings, and weekends to meet the deadlines of each financial close period.
There’s no doubt that financial data affects the entire organisation. Without a streamlined and automated process in place, it can be difficult to aim for a comprehensive compliance framework.
Benefits of Intelligent Automation in Your Accounts Payable Process
Simply put, intelligent automation is the enablement of data-driven business process automation. Implementing automation gives organisations much-needed real-time visibility and control with automated workflows and process enhancements. Some benefits include:
Optimise Invoice Transaction
By automating manual-heavy tasks and streamlining the invoice management process, AP teams can achieve better spend control, shorter invoice processing cycles, and shorter month-end cycles in advance of the reconciliation process.
Enhance Statement Reconciliation
By leveraging intelligent automation technology, organisations can automatically capture the invoice and statement data and document and match it against ledger information.
Capture AP Performance Analytics
Capturing data analytics from the AP function is instrumental in properly assessing your existing accounts payable processes and evaluating how they can be continuously improved upon.
THE BUSINESS IMPACT OF INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION
Implementing process automation benefits all stakeholders involved. Organisations that implement automation realise more than the short-term benefits — they also achieve a significant return on investment (ROI) in time savings.
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