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It's still e-invoicing, only better: How AI is revolutionising electronic invoicing

Thursday 26 November 2020 07:47 CET | Editor: Oana Ifrim | Voice of the industry

Kenneth Taylor from Comarch explains how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping electronic invoicing, bringing us closer to touchless e-invoicing capabilities

The concept of electronic invoicing is not particularly new, in fact, the technology was first conceived way back in the mid-1960s. Back then, few had even dreamed about the “paperless” offices that many of us work in today. These primitive e-invoicing systems were all developed in-house and were proprietary for the company using them. Chances are, many of those that worked with the oldest types of e-Invoicing systems have long since retired, however, they would tell you that these systems were not at all flexible and lacked any type of standardisation between companies.

It was not until the 1990s that the e-Invoicing software we recognise today would start to be adopted by companies looking to simplify their AP/AR process. These new systems were often developed by third-party software providers and featured a more user-friendly interface. They enabled the sending of invoices via channels like the web, email, and point-to-point integrations, allowing for the submission of file formats such as CSV, PDF, and XML. For many companies, these legacy e-invoicing systems that were implemented in the 1990s are still in use to this day. Although great at reducing complexities and speeding up the invoicing process, these legacy invoicing systems have become obsolete in the face of modern solutions that have capabilities to go beyond simple digitisation. 

With modern advances in artificial intelligence, e-invoicing has gone through its most radical transformation since the 1990s. Today, sophisticated electronic invoicing providers can offer a holistic approach to the invoicing cycle. The latest solutions feature functionalities beyond basic invoice transmission and make the invoicing process virtually touchless. This automation unlocks abilities that were previously never thought possible. Companies can efficiently process hundreds of thousands of invoices, organise significant amounts of data, and easily identify and verify every transaction they have ever made. With such power, companies can take greater advantage of economies of scale, be in full control of their costs, and manage their supply chain with maximum efficiency.

While these new developments in the world of e-invoicing are exciting, the most innovative of software companies are taking things a step further. Utilising machine learning in conjunction with artificial intelligence, the most advanced e-invoicing tech has groundbreaking new abilities such as anomaly detection, smart business rules generation, automatic data validation and completion, and self-learning image conversion. These abilities are game-changing and make significant strides towards our collective goal of completely touchless e-invoicing.    

Anomaly Detection 

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Be sure to register for the upcoming webinar on December 16th at 10:00AM EST to learn more about how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping electronic invoicing and bringing us closer to touchless e-invoicing capabilities. 

About Kenneth Taylor

Based out of New York City, Kenneth is a Business Development Manager at Comarch who is primarily responsible for the growth and success of Comarch’s data exchange products in the North American market. He is passionate about e-invoicing and recognises its value in reducing complexity and costs in the AP/AR process. 

 


About Comarch

For the past 25 years, Comarch has been a global provider of advanced, software-defined technologies that help companies from all industries optimise their key business processes. The company’s vast portfolio includes systems and services for efficient data and document exchange such as Master Data Management, Electronic Data Interchange, Online Distribution, and e-Invoicing platform. Each of the products is fully compliant with the latest local regulations and allows enterprises to improve their business performance, gain a competitive advantage, and reduce operational costs. Comarch’s clients include top professionals from various sectors: retail (eg METRO-NOM, Tesco, Carrefour) FMCG (eg BIC, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Unilever), pharma (eg GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi) and many more.

 


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Keywords: Kenneth Taylor, Comarch, artificial intelligence, machine learning, electronic invoicing, touchless e-invoicing
Categories: Banking & Fintech | E-invoicing, SCF & E-procurement
Countries: World
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