The other day EBG posted a presentation from e-BusinessForum in Oslo. The key factor in that presentation is to go beyond the standards and formats discussion looking at the cash that sits in the end-to-end buyer-supplier business process. The reason for stating the lack of standards and formats in that discussion is of course becasue we tend to drown in it. With that said – as long as end users face e-invoicing projects with endless amounts of system set ups and numerous requests for invoice content – and that all of these cost different amount of money making it quite impossible to do proper business cases – we need to address the topic.
The presentation was posted on LinkedIn and have had a couple of interesting responses. One posted by Carmen Ciciriello contains an article written by PerkinElmer and their e-commerce manager Tom Vanautryve. It describes the horrible headaches a supplier faces in a global e-invoicing environment. It is important, we wish to have responses from both end users and operators – how can we move the focus from one on trees in order to look at the woods? Meaning – where is the business focus between buyer and supplier? There must be huge sums locked into these inefficient “my way or the highway” approaches from buyers and as long as those pushing the demands sits in an environment where lowered administration costs is the number 1 KPI – what change can come?
Article: Looking at the cash in e-invoicing