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Why it Pays to Pay Electronically

Why it Pays to Pay Electronically

It was not so long ago that a trip to the grocery store could be ruined by a single action: having the person at the front of the checkout line decide to pay by check (a decision that was seemingly always made at the last second). From an uncertainty in knowing current account balances, to [...]

November 15, 2012 Vishal Best Practices, Research 0

P2P: Connecting the P’s through Automation (Part II)

P2P: Connecting the P’s through Automation (Part II)

Following my previous article on an Ariba Commerce Summit, here is Part II of the discussion we had at the event around connecting processes and systems within the P2P cycle and fostering collaboration. Benefits of collaboration between procurement and AP Procurement and AP are already linked by two parts of the same transaction and while [...]

October 11, 2012 Vishal Event, Research 0

P2P: Connecting the P’s through Automation (Part I)

P2P: Connecting the P’s through Automation (Part I)

Last week I participated in an Ariba Commerce Summit in Boston, this one day event (that is taking place in other locations – see here) brought together procurement professionals from the New England area to network and learn from each other as well as other industry experts. A key theme for this event was collaboration [...]

October 9, 2012 Vishal Event, Research 0

ePayables Solution Spotlight on Scan One

ePayables Solution Spotlight on Scan One

In my several years as an analyst in this space, it has always been apparent to me that the AP automation solution landscape is quite crowded and confusing with multiple providers offering different and varied capabilities to automate all or part of the AP process, making it that much more difficult for enterprises to select [...]

September 11, 2012 Vishal Research, Technology 1

A Little Bit About Supplier Networks

A Little Bit About Supplier Networks

Supplier networks have existed for many years and over the initial years slowly gained in popularity. Today, however, these networks are a quickly growing trend and an increasingly cost effective and efficient means to process business transactions and in some cases more (e.g., supply chain finance, supplier discovery). Research from Ardent Partners recent survey showed [...]

August 31, 2012 Vishal Research 3

Selecting an AP Automation Solution – Before, During and After

Selecting an AP Automation Solution – Before, During and After

Those of you who have already gone through this process know very well the challenges that arise when building a business case and trying to get approval for a project, during the selection process and after deployment of a solution. The solution selection process has multiple steps that can be difficult and lengthy and it [...]

August 10, 2012 Vishal Best Practices, Research 1

AP Can and Should be More Strategic

AP Can and Should be More Strategic

This is something that was made very clear in Ardent Partners’ recent study (ePayables 2012: The State of the AP Market). As a function, AP can add a whole lot more value than data entry and responding to supplier inquires. There is an opportunity for AP to work closely with treasury and finance to develop [...]

July 18, 2012 Vishal Research 3

Our View of the AP World Part II – The Solution Providers

Our View of the AP World Part II – The Solution Providers

This can be a noisy and complicated market to understand, so at Ardent we created this visual representation which is based on our ePayables Framework that is discussed here in more detail.  Using the three major phases of the AP process as the basis for the categorization, solution providers fall within or across the phases [...]

July 3, 2012 Vishal Research, Technology 0

AP’s New Motto – Not Broken, Needs Fixing

AP’s New Motto – Not Broken, Needs Fixing

Last month, Ardent Partners completed its annual AP focused market research report – ePayables 2012: The State of The AP Market. This extensive piece of research, which took up most of my time over the last few months uses data gathered from approximately 220 organizations and captures the strategies, performance and intentions of AP departments [...]

June 22, 2012 Vishal Research 0