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AP Technology Part 3: Payments

AP Technology Part 3: Payments

The last phase of the AP process is the scheduling, processing and execution of an invoice payment. In the US, paper checks are still dominant as a payment format; however, this is shifting rapidly. The migration from paper checks to electronic payments (e.g., ACH, card, wire transfer, etc.) is a trend that is only going [...]

August 19, 2013 Vishal Research 0

AP Technology Part 1: Scan, Capture & Workflow

AP Technology Part 1: Scan, Capture & Workflow

Based on research from Ardent’s latest report – ePayables 2013: AP’s New Dawn The primary role of these solutions/services is to take paper-based documents and transform the data that lies within them into a usable electronic format which can then be processed in a more automated and efficient manner. The three solutions mentioned below are [...]

August 13, 2013 Vishal Research 0

The Organizational Structure of AP

The Organizational Structure of AP

Several years ago, the structure of accounts payable groups began to shift to more centralized models. In 2013, centralization remains the preferred operating model with more than 80% of all AP departments operating in a centralized or shared services environment Based on research from Ardent’s latest report – ePayables 2013: AP’s New Dawn, which surveyed [...]

August 7, 2013 Vishal Research 0

Advancing B2B Connectivity via a Shared Platform

Advancing B2B Connectivity via a Shared Platform

Download the full report here For most enterprises, conducting business today means managing an increasingly complex set of relationships with the ‘Extended Enterprise,” an ecosystem which has grown to include suppliers, distributors, partners and other key entities. And, while these relationships continue to grow in complexity, they are also increasingly important to a company’s overall [...]

August 1, 2013 Vishal Research 0

Upcoming Webinar: SMBs – Leveraging Automation to Improve Cash Management

Upcoming Webinar: SMBs – Leveraging Automation to Improve Cash Management

Financially knowledgeable SMBs understand the value of optimizing their cash and having a level of predictability around their cash inflow and outflow – this is where automating AP proves to be valuable for the SMB. Too often, SMBs operate using manual processes resulting in high operational costs, errors and delays and a general lack of [...]

July 31, 2013 Vishal Event, Research 0

Collaborator, Not Administrator

Collaborator, Not Administrator

Ardent Partners recently completed its annual market research report focused on accounts payable – ePayables 2013: AP’s New Dawn. The report is based on survey data collected from approximately 245 enterprises and one of the key themes of the report is the evolving role of AP and that is the focus of today’s article. The [...]

June 18, 2013 Vishal Best Practices, Research 0

Automating AP: Top Considerations for the Mid-Market

Automating AP: Top Considerations for the Mid-Market

When it comes to selecting the right ePayables solution to automate the accounting function, there are certain factors that are going to be more important to a mid-market enterprise (MME) than to a larger one. The following are aspects that are likely to impact an MME’s decision-making process and will also help to differentiate between [...]

May 31, 2013 Vishal Research 0

The B2B Network Landscape – Industries (Part 2)

The B2B Network Landscape – Industries (Part 2)

Another great contribution from the author of CPO Rising, Andrew Bartolini We started in Part 1 of this series with a look at the European business network landscape and some of the primary challenges and opportunities facing it. We also highlighted a few of the different European network providers as a way to provide a [...]

April 4, 2013 Vishal Research, Solutions 0

The B2B Network Landscape – Europe (Part 1)

The B2B Network Landscape – Europe (Part 1)

Andrew Bartolini is co-author of today’s article A quick trip back to the late nineties and we would see the online B2B marketplace craze that was just beginning was ahead of its time – Then business networks were over-hyped – the result of (1) having a technology that failed to keep pace with the vision [...]

April 1, 2013 Vishal Research, Technology 2

ePayables Solution Spotlight – PAYVE from American Express

ePayables Solution Spotlight – PAYVE from American Express

Continuing with Ardent Partners’ ePayables Solution Spotlight series, here is the latest one that focuses on the ePayment market and a solution from American Express – PAYVE (access the full report here). The report contains recent market research around electronic payments as well as insights into the technologies and payment mechanisms that are used to [...]

February 4, 2013 Vishal Research, Technology 0