There are always to sides of every story. So also when it comes to e-invoicing. The e-invoicing development have long been about buyers placing demands on their suppliers. The benefits are obvious – for the buyer.
So how can it be we so seldom speak about the supplier views on e-invoicing? How can it be that really only just now (at least in Sweden) more and more large organizations are truly looking into sending e-invoices? Having real time control over your daily sales outstanding, who’s received an invoice and not, mapping data back to the supply chin, feeding BI-tools with real time data from an end-to-end cycle – why doesn’t all do this?
Part of the answer has been – we believe – the high supplier cost for sending different type e-invoices to different customers asking for different type content. Also, as always, how systems are set up and how a company is organized will make a difference – sales wanting to please a customer, production (what ever that is) wanting correct supplies, finance wanting proper forecasts, IT getting numerous demands from the business and (maybe) a service desk or outsourced partner doing the invoice printing. Who should be the driver for real-time data and view the invoice as a sales tool?
At S2P Summit 2014 HP and Thomas Bonwetsch tells their story about being a supplier with customers asking for e-invoices. Thomas will present trends in buyer centric demands for e-invocing in both private and public sector, the solution set-up enabling flexible system environments for e-invoicing, what the complexity is and the diversity of the current market as well as benefits from a buyer and supplier outlook.
Thomas also moderate Theme Discussions focusing on a follow up from his Focus Session;
- What can an e-invoicing win-win agreement between buyer and supplier look like
- What are the challenges in different markets and how can they be overcome
- In what ways can both buyers and suppliers benefit from sending e-invoices