When doing business with public sector today it is a “shall”-demand for e-invoices from the supplier. That is of course clever – but how often are the public sector organisations actually ready to recieve e-invoices? And if they are not – how much worth is that “shall” demand? And if it not worth too much – how much value will the system providers add to that demand? EBG will look further into the actual maturity in the public sector e-invoicing market.
“Single Face To Industry (SFTI) is a joint initiative in the Swedish public sector to promote and facilitate e-procurement. The aim of SFTI is to recommend standards for e-procurement in the public sector and the work involves public sector entities, suppliers and IT-providers. SFTI started in 1998 after a central initative in the 1990’s to promote e-procurement. Focus has mainly been on post-award processes, but since 2009 also pre-award processes are covered in the work of SFTI.”
“SFTI recommends standards for more advanced e-procurement based on GS1 EANCOM and also simpler forms of electronic business using XML-based syntaxes. Since 2004 SFTI recommends an XML- invoice – Svefaktura – based on Universal Business Language (UBL) and since 2008 SFTI also recommends an electronic order format, Sveorder based on specifications from CEN/BII and the UBL-syntax.”