According to the International Federation of Accountants, the ever-changing business landscape of new technology and fluctuating markets, positions accounting and finance professionals to have the most significant impact on enterprise risk management (ERM) within their organizations. With this opportunity to support value creation and preservation over time, they’re primed to contribute to both fiscal and operational aspects of ERM initiatives. The most prevalent identified need: enabling business system integration and interconnectivity to break down siloes across the organization for sharing information timely and cost-effectively. Workflow automation is a stable step towards ongoing reduction of capital and earnings risk.
How risky is risk – a case for Enterprise Content Management (ECM) begins with fixing the ERM problem of interdepartmental information silos, inadvertently created by lack of automated information management to enable staff to transcend departmentally-enclosed environments. Transactions – purchases and orders – is where this need is particularly evident.
Both Accounts Payable and Order process automation have reached functional, cost-effective scale through ECM. This technology enables all transaction-related information to be captured from native paper or electronic files, formatted to uniform image files for archival and automated workflow – interdepartmentally. With ECM integrated into a company’s ERP and line of business systems, this squarely addresses the silos, enabling staff to share timely, conveniently and cost-effectively from any location. Data is verified and validated between systems, with touchless, straight-through processing.
Reducing costs associated with processing and filing vendor invoices reflects AP automation’s impact, streamlining company workflow processes. It increases visibility into the invoice approval and exception handling through visualized analytics, ultimately mitigating late payment fee risk, while increasing early payment discount achievement through payment scheduling optimization.
By automating sales order processing, an organization benefits with faster order processing, while improving accuracy and lowering costs. Process control and visibility of orders routed for review, approval or exception handling is expedited. These aspects lead to a decrease in Days Sales Outstanding. Another multidepartment ECM benefit – improving Sales and Customer Service experiences for clientele, and for staff managing each account, bolstering customer retention and up-sell/cross-sell opportunities.
The International Federation of Accountants recent survey of US businesses concluded that 70 percent of them didn’t have a complete ERM process, though had a growing sense of urgency to discover and counter risk. A cost-beneficial step is AP and Order process automation with ECM.
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