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Overcoming Paper-Based Customer Service Challenges

Paper-Based Customer Service Challenges

Businesses need customers to survive. No matter how good your product is, if you can’t serve your customers’ needs in an efficient manner, there’s no guarantee that they will remain loyal to your business. All it takes is ONE small mistake or slip-up to turn a 5-star customer into a 1-star review.

 

High-quality Customer Service is determined by a number of factors, but speed is paramount if you want to keep customers satisfied. Even the most gracious and eloquent apology can’t make up for slow response times when your customers come calling. Your Customer Service team needs to be quick on their feet, and that’s impossible if your business still relies on paper-based Customer Service processes that leave your customers on hold listening to a repetitive tune while they shuffle through a cluttered file cabinet for information. Even companies that have already started implementing digital solutions to enhance Customer Service will find themselves at a disadvantage when compared to companies that have automated Customer Service capabilities. Do you know where your company stands?

Welcome to Your Paperless Office

If you want to overcome the paper-based Customer Service challenges that plague most businesses, you will need to focus on the following two objectives:

Digitizing Your Customer Service Documents

Paper-based Customer Service challenges stem from the physical limitations of paper. Paper takes up space and must be moved manually to transfer information from one person or department to the next. As a result, paper-based Customer Service processes are tedious, time-consuming, and ripe for error. By digitizing your documents, you can create precise digital replicas that allow you to store and retrieve documents instantaneously from a computer, tablet, or even mobile phone if you want to expand your Customer Service team to incorporate remote work. OCR software is the technology used to capture documents and import them into a Document Management system. Advanced OCR software can even recognize the numbers and characters on a document and use them to perform automated tasks, which should be your second goal if you want to overcome the challenges of paper-based Customer Service.

Digitize all of your Customer Service documents, including:

  • Product Literature
  • Orders
  • Invoices
  • Shipping Documents
  • Return Documents
  • Manuals
  • Parts Lists
  • Maintenance Histories
  • Customer Correspondence
  • RFPs
  • RFQs
  • Quotes

Automating Your Customer Service Processes

OCR software will help you digitize your documents, allowing you to finally get rid of those filing cabinets that take up valuable real estate in your office. Furthermore, a paperless office will never require additional offsite storage to accommodate paper loads, which means no more spending exorbitant amounts of capital on storage that yields no tangible return for your organization. However, this is only the beginning. If you want to truly eliminate all of the inefficiencies that result in Customer Service slowdowns, digitizing your Customer Service documents should be followed with Business Process Automation. By automating your Customer Service processes, you can serve customers faster and more efficiently while focusing your human capital on improving customer relations and tackling nuanced problems that require a human touch.

Customer Service Touchpoints Give You a Chance to Improve Customer Retention

While the statistics quoted by industry analysts vary, it is generally accepted that it costs as much as 10 times more to win a new customer than to keep an existing one. Expanding your customer base is crucial, but not at the expense of your existing customers. Winning customers and, more importantly, keeping them, are critical business requirements. But what keeps customers loyal? Price, quality, availability, relationships, and inertia all play a part, but Customer Service is the touchpoint where your business and your customers meet. It’s a make-or-break environment where great service is your only option if you want to maintain positive sentiment.

It’s no secret that customers respond favorably to good service. In fact, it affects their purchase decisions. According to Accenture, poor customer service has, at one point, caused nearly half of all U.S. consumers to switch at least one of their service providers.  To add insult to injury, recent reports suggest that Customer Service expectations are rising at a faster rate than companies can (or are willing) to adapt to. In a separate survey by Accenture, which canvassed 1,200 technology consumers in North America, Europe, and Asia. It was revealed that consumer technology companies that offer average – not poor, just average – Customer Service alienated consumers and risked losing almost three-quarters of their customers to competitors. The results are clear. Customer service is critical to customer loyalty and company profitability. It can’t be viewed as a cost, but it should be viewed as a prudent investment.

Paper-Based Customer Service Challenges

One important difference between Customer Service and other areas of your business is that resolving customer issues often requires access to information that is spread across multiple departments.

Consider, for example, a standard Customer Service call:

  1. A customer telephones to complain that they did not receive everything they ordered.
  2. To ensure that the customer did, in fact, order everything they recall ordering, the CSR first examines the original order document that is likely located in a filing cabinet in the sales office.
  3. If the items and quantities match, the CSR then has to verify that none of the requested items are on backorder by referring to a copy of the packing slip that is filed away in the warehouse.
  4. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, the CSR must then review the shipping documents to see if everything was shipped in one box or in
    multiple boxes.
  5. If there were multiple boxes, the CSR has to verify that they all made it onto the truck and were delivered.
  6. Depending on the company’s shipping policies, the boxes may have been delivered by the company’s own truck or by one owned by a third-party shipping company.
  7. Finally, the CSR is ready to assist the customer — except wait, the customer has moved on.

Most Customer Service interactions aren’t this tedious, but this example does serve to show how the dispersal of information across an organization can send your CSRs into a tailspin.  When some or all of this information exists on paper, providing high-quality Customer Service becomes a costly and oftentimes futile endeavor.

The Financial (and Operational) Costs of Paper

The following are among the characteristics and costs of paper that hinder your CSRs:

  • Paper is costly to store, handle, copy, and distribute.  On the enterprise level, warehouses may be required to store the paper required to resolve customer issues. That paper has to be manually filed when it comes in (or is created) and then retrieved when needed. For collaborative purposes,  the necessary documents may need to be photocopied at a cost of several cents per page in addition to the related labor costs.
  • Paper storage leads to human error. In physical storage environments, documents may be misfiled or accidentally destroyed, resulting in hours spent hunting them down or trying to recreate lost information. This is not a trivial cost. Research from Price Waterhouse Coopers suggests that the average cost to search for a misfiled document is $120. In the meantime, increasingly frustrated customers are kept on hold awaiting an answer to their questions.
  • Paper is difficult to backup or recreate. Fires, floods, vandalism, there are countless ways for a paper document to become lost, damaged, or destroyed. Most companies lack a true disaster recovery plan, so it’s not until the unexpected occurs that they understand the danger of paper documents. If the only copies of valuable customer information are destroyed, it would be impossible to serve customers, and other ongoing operations may also be obstructed. In addition, failing to adequately protect customer and transactional data against such destruction, accidental or not, may place your company in breach of a number of regulations.
  • Paper can’t meet customer expectations. A shift in customer expectations over the years has further increased the drawbacks of using paper to support customer service. Web-based technologies have resulted in a greater expectation for rapid CSR responses from vendors. Customers no longer readily accept “I’ll have to put you on hold” or “I’ll have to call you back” when they call with a question. Yet that is exactly what they hear when a CSR has to track down information that exists only on paper.
  • Paper doesn’t support self-serve options. Customers today often expect, and industry economics frequently demand, new alternatives for customer service, including 24/7 self-serve support options. Paper-based information makes it impossible to offer this level of convenience. Plus, by refusing to offer self-serve options, you are funneling all support requests directly to a Customer Service department that is already overwhelmed by a lack of digitization and automation.

Say Goodbye to Paper-Based Customer Service Challenges

Despite the predictions a decade or two ago that we would by now be enjoying the benefits of paperless offices, most businesses are still dependent on paper because going paperless requires help — and good help is hard to find. If your organization, like many organizations, is still buried under mountains of paper, it will affect every corner of your business, from Accounts Payable to Human Resources and, of course, Customer Service. Once a paperless office has been established, automating customer service functions and offering Web-based self-serve options becomes simple. You can speed-up customer interactions and add value to those interactions while lowering their costs.

Are you ready to see how Enterprise Content Management and Workflow Automation can help your business overcome paper-based Customer Service challenges? Contact IntelliChief today, our experts are standing by to answer your questions and help guide your search for the right solution!

Enterprise Automation Statistics

10 Enterprise Automation Statistics for the Cost-Conscious Executive

Enterprise Automation Statistics

Industry 4.0 is here, which means top executives are taking it upon themselves to equip their businesses with the tools and resources necessary to stay competitive and improve profitability. Although there are several ways to improve operational efficiency across the enterprise, there are only a handful of solutions that can generate appreciable ROI from the outset, and among these, Enterprise Automation reigns supreme. Are you still performing your due diligence on automation? These 10 Enterprise Automation statistics will help you obtain a better understanding of why the time to automate is now.

 

For business leaders, it can feel like the goalposts are constantly being moved when it comes to Enterprise Automation. Innovation is at an all-time high, which means new features, functions, integrations, and products are always on the horizon. A quick search online might yield dozens of potential vendors. Due diligence could take weeks, even months, to complete. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, but that doesn’t mean you should stall your Digital Transformation; instead, consider these ten Enterprise Automation statistics!

1. It Takes Employees an Average of 18 Minutes to Locate a Document Manually

Before you can automate, you must first digitize. Digitization of your business-critical documents ensures that they are never lost or destroyed. They can be recalled on demand without a trip to the file cabinet or warehouse, allowing you to establish a frictionless work environment where productivity is prioritized. It takes employees an average of 18 minutes to locate a document manually, which can account for up to 50 percent of their time. When you digitize your documents, you reclaim this time lost and set the stage for the real game-changer: Enterprise Automation.

2. 60% of Occupations Could Save 30% of Their Time With Automation

Once you’ve performed your due diligence and identified your ideal solution, it’s time to identify which business processes are best suited for automation. When automating workflows, you want to zero in on departments that process a large volume of paper and/or information. In our experience, some of the best departments to automate include:

There is no “wrong” answer when you start to automate business processes; however, there are certain departments that will yield a higher ROI than others due to a number of factors. Here’s the good news. According to a McKinsey Study, 60 percent of occupations could save 30 percent of their time with automation, which means the potential for automation within your organization is largely untapped.

3. Employees Spend 69 Workdays Each Year on Manual Administration-Related Tasks Instead of Their Primary Job Duties

Businesses that automate drastically reduce wasteful spending by eliminating repetitive, time-consuming tasks that lead to productivity issues. In a study conducted by DJS Research on behalf of Unit 4, it was revealed that people spend 69 workdays each year performing manual administration-related tasks instead of their primary job duties. Enterprise Automation helps you reclaim this time and put it to use however you see fit. Can you imagine how much more your employees could accomplish with an extra 552 hours per year?

4. Businesses That Adopted Big Data Reduced Overall Costs by 10% and Increased Overall Profits by 8%

Another benefit of Enterprise Automation is that it allows you to bolster your analytics efforts to get a clearer view of the nuances of what is (and isn’t) working process-wise within your organization. You can identify operational bottlenecks, inefficient processes, and even track individual performance to make sure each of your team members is putting forth equal input to help you achieve your fiscal goals. You don’t have to wait until the end of the quarter to collect data and generate reports like the old days. You simply click a button and your reports are ready to view or distribute. Improving business intelligence keeps everyone in your organization on the same page and working towards the same objectives, which explains Business Application Research Center (BARC) findings that businesses with big data capabilities are able to reduce overall costs by 10 percent and increase overall profits by 8 percent on average.

5. Bad Data Costs Businesses $600 Billion Annually

Collectively, businesses forfeit $600 billion annually as a result of poor quality data. On a case-by-case basis, this can account for as much as 20-35 percent of operating revenue costs. That’s not a figure to scoff at. The Business Literacy Institute considers a sustained growth rate of 10 percent a year to be “remarkably good,” so if you’re currently losing 20-35 percent of operating revenue costs to bad data, the numbers suggest that your business could be trending in the wrong direction.

6. Manual Business Processes Cost Businesses $5 Trillion Annually

$600 billion in lost operating revenue costs will certainly catch the attention of any executive, but it’s only a small fraction of the revenues lost to manual business processes. Manual business processes cost businesses $5 trillion annually. For reference, that is $2 trillion more than the U.S. deficit for 2020. Of all the Enterprise Automation statistics in this article, this might be the most alarming because it suggests a significant window of opportunity for any executive who is willing to take the leap and automate their company.

7. 75% of Businesses State That AI Will Allow Them to Transition Into New Businesses and Ventures

Businesses that are no longer at a functional disadvantage can do more with the resources available to them. Growth is a key indicator of a company’s overall success. 75 percent of businesses state that AI will allow them to transition into new businesses and ventures, allowing them to expand operations into new and increasingly profitable areas that would be barred off otherwise. For growth-minded executives fueled by ambition, an investment in Enterprise Automation equates to an investment in a growing portfolio of future-proof ventures.

8. 84% of Executives and Analysts Say AI Will Help Them Obtain or Sustain a Competitive Advantage

Executives and analysts alike are keen on automation because there is still a long way to go before this technology has been adopted universally. In other words, companies that automate sooner than later can get a head start in Industry 4.0. Just think, how would your business look today if you were the first to invest in a mobile-friendly website, automated customer service, or paperless process management? There’s a reasonable chance that with earlier adoption of these technologies, many of which were considered big risks at one point, your business would be further along with its Digital Transformation and more resilient to business interruptions. According to Forbes, 84 percent of executives and analysts say AI will help them obtain or sustain a competitive advantage — which means there is no time to waste.

9. 67% of Businesses Believe Implementing Digital or Software Solutions Is Important to Remain Competitive

AI plays an important role in automating business processes, but it’s not the only solution for companies looking to streamline and cut costs. 67 percent of businesses believe implementing digital or software solutions is important to remain competitive. Some examples of software solutions that can help enhance the enterprise include:

10. Automation Projects in Paper-Intensive Departments Generate an ROI of 30-200% in the First Year

According to ThinkAutomation, automation projects in paper-intensive departments, like Accounts Payable, Human Resources, and Customer Service, typically generate an ROI of 30-200 percent in the first year. In Accounts Payable, where Enterprise Automation can increase processing speeds by as much as 70 percent or more, many businesses recoup their initial investment in less than twelve months. Forward-thinking executives tend to leverage these savings to expand their solution across the enterprise to facilitate a more connected, data-savvy work environment.

These Enterprise Automation Statistics Speak for Themselves, Only You Can Speak for Your Business

Are you ready to cut costs, increase operational efficiency, and future-proof your business? These ten Enterprise Automation statistics speak for themselves, but it’s up to you to be the voice of reason at your company. If your team is still entering data to your ERP system manually, shuffling through file cabinets to locate documents, or paying the same invoice more than once, it’s time to make a change.

With IntelliChief, you can preserve your existing business processes and enhance them with industry-leading Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Workflow Automation capabilities. To learn more, contact IntelliChief today.

Business Process Automation Benefits

4 Benefits of Business Process Automation in the Workplace

Business Process Automation Benefits

Automating inefficient, time-consuming products has become essential in every industry in the United States. Whether you are a project manager working in construction or an Accounts Payable professional for an enterprise-class manufacturer, automation can help you forge a path forward during one of the most challenging economic periods in American history.

 

According to a recent Harris Poll survey, Accelerating Automation: How Businesses are Adapting to a Post-COVID World, “92 percent of business leaders agree that to survive and flourish, companies must enable digital channels and process automation in the workplace.”

As a business leader, your reasons for automating your company will differ drastically from those of others. Some automate to cut costs, while others do so to help control the workload being placed on employees. If eliminating costly transactional errors is your objective, automation can help with that too.

Business process automation benefits can be a significant game-changer for your company. In this article, we’ll briefly discuss four benefits of business process automation. Keep in mind that these benefits are NOT mutually exclusive.

1. Meet and Surpass Your Growth Objectives

At the end of the day, every business has the same goal: growth.

Whether you want to grow to generate revenue, to spread your message, or to give yourself the tools to make a positive impact on the world, the most direct path to your goal is through growing your business – and business process automation gives you an array of tools to do just that.

The initial cost barrier of automation can be a tough pill to swallow; however, just beyond this initial investment lies an endless bounty of opportunity for businesses that decide to take the risk. Ironically, the risk of not investing in automation for the workplace is significantly higher – especially if your competitors are already getting their own automation projects underway.

Once your competitors automate their companies, you must begin calculating the opportunity cost of your decision to not automate, including:

  • Stifled profits
  • Overburdened employees
  • Erroneous processes
  • The rising cost of paper and storage
  • Lost market share
  • A growing gap in the capabilities of you versus your competitors

After you have justified your investment with the help of an expert, you will be able to forecast your ROI and create a plan to help you scale your solution into the future. With your company firing on all cylinders and productivity elevated by as much as 90%, you can rest assured that your company will continue to meet its growth objectives year after year.

2. Reduced Time to Fill Keeps Productivity at Peak Levels

Whenever an employee decides to quit or retire, they will leave a void in your business process that must be filled with another employee who possesses the same or similar skills and knowledge to complete the job at a high level.

If that role is unable to be filled, the responsibilities of that employee will fall squarely on the shoulders of your other workers. An overly long time to fill can cripple productivity and create bottlenecks in your workflow.

Automation can help you eliminate issues caused by an excessive time to fill. Better yet, it can bridge the gap when an employee leaves for good. If there’s no other candidate out there who can capably do the job or a lack of qualified talent, automation can nullify the impact.

3. Cultivate an Employee-Friendly Working Environment and Improve Retention

As a business leader, you are not only at war with your competitors when it comes to dollars and cents, you are also battling over the top talent in your industry. If your employees report being overworked or overburdened, regularly being tasked with taking on multiple duties or a large volume of manual tasks, they could be heading for greener pastures sooner than later.

The competition in the recruitment market is one of the least talked about struggles facing all employers, but that does not diminish its impact. The best way to avoid this obstacle is to retain employees, and the only way to retain employees at a high rate is to ensure that your working environment supports your employees and is willing to make necessary changes to improve retention.

Here’s the thing: Shallow improvements to the workplace, like installing pong tables and vending machines, won’t actually help you retain workers. Bells and whistles are nice, but they won’t help your workers relax if they are constantly working on repetitive or menial tasks.

Business process automation benefits your working environment because it takes on redundant tasks, freeing up your workers to focus on more meaningful responsibilities or those that require some form of creative problem-solving. Workers that arrive each day with a sense of autonomy over their work-life balance feel valued, which means they are more willing to stay with a company in the long run, as opposed to employees who constantly feel anxious or depleted.

4. Unheralded Efficiency Drives Your Business Past the Competition

Companies that focus on maintaining efficiency across all areas of their business generally have a leg up on the competition. They outfit themselves with superior technology that allows them to establish streamlined companies that waste very few resources. Take Tesla for example, which is now considered the most valuable car company on the planet despite being founded in 2003. Not only is their product more efficient, but their entire business model is also structured on the principle of efficiency.

Efficient processes ensure that information flows in and out of your business without any interruptions, resulting in faster transactions and increased operational bandwidth. For the enterprise, this is achieved by forming a seamless integration with the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system at the core of the business (i.e., Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Infor LX, JD Edwards World, etc.). Once integrated, business process automation software can help you reclaim the 520 hours per year lost to repetitive tasks per employee.

Your company can cash in these hours on new projects, additional training, and other important organizational benefits. Repetitive tasks that could be automated cost the US economy over $10,000 per employee each year. How many employees does your company keep on its payroll? How many “invisible” dollars are you really losing? And how do these dollars lost compare to the dollars gained after investing in automation?  These are important questions that should be answered with the help of an expert who has experienced implementing automation in the workplace.

Automation in the workplace can help you establish stronger and more resilient business processes to help you become an industry disrupter? Contact IntelliChief today to learn more about the benefits of business process automation.

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4 Common Matching Issues for Major ERP Systems

Matching Issues for ERP Systems

Is there anything more frustrating than footing the bill for a fraudulent or inaccurate invoice? For years, business owners have struggled to give their Accounts Payable (AP) departments the tools they need to prevent invoice processing errors related to manual data entry, duplicate invoices, and faulty exception handling — and it’s starting to take a toll on several industries.

According to Infor, “approximately 0.1% to 0.05% of invoices paid are typically duplicate payments.” In other words, a business that grosses $150 million per year could lose as much as $750,000 to duplicate payments over a five-year period. This “lost” money could have been invested in training, bonuses, infrastructure, and virtually anything else businesses need to succeed. For most businesses, utilizing a 3-way matching process is a reliable way to cut down on matching errors, but it can also lead to additional Accounts Payable challenges.

In theory, a true 3-way matching process matches not only the invoice and purchase order but also its corresponding receiving information, thereby eliminating the chance for duplicate payments and counterfeit invoices. Unfortunately, this process can be a hindrance for businesses that aren’t equipped with the tools to process invoices quickly and accurately. For instance, some enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems require the processor to manually check to ensure that all related documents have been received to approve the 3-way match and complete the AP process. Another common ERP-related issue is a system’s inability to read purchase orders (POs) and receipt tables, rendering automatic voucher creation an impossibility.

IntelliChief, an Infor solution partner and Oracle Gold Partner, was built to overcome these limitations with unparalleled workflow automation and invoice matching capabilities. Unlock your team’s true potential by eliminating pitfalls in your existing AP process and watch productivity soar as you reduce manual exception handling by as much as 50% or more.

Issue #1: Workflow-Restrictive Implementation

Too often we find that enterprise-class software wants your business to play by their rules. Whether you’ve been in business for one, ten, or one hundred years, your existing business processes should be respected and considered whenever new technology is incorporated into your workflow. One of the major detractors of point solutions that aim to address a single issue is a lack of flexibility. You can’t apply their technology to other departments or workflows, and you must mold your existing processes to “play nice” with their system.

IntelliChief is unique because it is an enterprise content management (ECM) platform that integrates directly with your ERP system and can be configured to your exact business processes. Whether you utilize a 2-, 3-, or 4-way matching process, IntelliChief can be configured accordingly to help you reduce lag time and AP errors.

Issue #2: Queued Matching

How do you streamline a process that grinds to a halt every time something unfamiliar enters your queue? On top of that, how do you ensure that easily processed documents aren’t trapped behind a wall of exceptions? Realistically, utilizing any sort of queue in your process will lead to slowdowns and additional Accounts Payable challenges. For example, if your team members must enter an invoice to see if the receiving has been completed, it’s only a matter of time before your entire system is bogged down.

As an Infor Solution Partner and Oracle Gold Partner, IntelliChief matches invoices in real-time to help businesses avoid late fees while capitalizing on opportunities for early payment discounts. Exceptions are routed into workflow and automatically processed once the system has enough confidence in a match or recognizes that it’s within your tolerances. Any exceptions that fail the confidence test are then routed to a user for manual approval, leaving only your most pressing (and real) exceptions to be handled by your AP department.

Issue #3: No Unit of Measure Conversion Capabilities

Reducing the number of exceptions in your AP process is a surefire way to increase productivity. Whenever your processors are forced to deal with an exception, they are committing extra time to a particular transaction regardless of its value. Whether a transaction is worth $1 or $1 million, every additional second your team requires to process it is being siphoned directly from your bottom line.

Unit of Measure Conversion

IntelliChief finds the match even when item numbers, quantities, and unit prices don’t!

Therefore, if you can reduce the amount of time spent handling exceptions, you can realize significant cost savings. IntelliChief can automatically perform unit of measure and part number conversions to reduce exceptions. For example:

  • Lithium grease can be purchased in a drum or a 5-gallon bucket. There are 55 gallons in a drum, which means there are 11 buckets in a single drum. If the invoice and purchase order express this amount (i.e. one drum) in different terms (i.e. one drum vs. eleven buckets) it will result in an exception and require manual intervention to process. IntelliChief utilizes a cross-reference matrix to automate these conversions, eliminating the need for manual approval.
  • Steel is often purchased in coils while copper tubing is more commonly purchased by the 20-foot section. Similarly, steel pipe is regularly purchased in 44-foot rail lengths but used by the inch or square inch. When suppliers and purchasers have different expectations about how a material will be utilized, it can lead to unit of measure normalization issues. The final product is ultimately the same, but your AP processors can’t be certain without checking manually. IntelliChief eases the burden of this complicated process by handling the conversions for you and eliminating this step altogether.

Issue #4: Lack of Support for Workflow Automation

By addressing the above concerns with an industry-leading ECM solution like IntelliChief, your business can take advantage of faster processing times and fewer exceptions. It allows businesses to accelerate invoice or customer purchase order processing by eliminating manual intervention and automating your workflow. Even complex matching procedures, such as those involving blanket POs, are no problem for IntelliChief.

As soon as your information enters the system, a 2-, 3-, or 4-way match is performed automatically. With normalization and cross-referencing, the number of transactions that require manual intervention is reduced even further. IntelliChief Capture Enterprise users can even unlock the ability to use straight-through processing, which allows invoices to be processed without any manual entry or intervention from the beginning. As the statistics below prove, the leap in productivity is nothing short of alarming:

Without Normalization/Cross-Reference

  • 260 Total Invoices
  • 141 Processed Straight Through
  • 119 Required Manual Intervention
  • 54% Straight to Voucher

With Normalization and Cross-Reference

  • 260 Total Invoices
  • 254 Processed Straight Through
  • 6 Required Manual Intervention
  • 97% Straight to Voucher

With IntelliChief, you can reduce the burden of exception handling on your AP team, reach unprecedented processing speeds, and decrease the number of errors in your process by a wide margin. Even when your team is out of the office or unavailable, IntelliChief continues to process transactions in real-time from start to finish.

Overcome Your Accounts Payable Challenges With IntelliChief

There are many benefits for businesses that rely on 3-way matching, including stronger supplier relationships, increased profitability, and superior preparedness for financial audits. However, businesses that don’t automate this process are often overwhelmed with the time- and labor-intensive nature of manually performing 3-way matches. In order to scale this process as you grow your business, automation is critical. With IntelliChief, there’s no limit to how many documents you can process — even when the office is closed — thanks to robust automation capabilities that learn (and master) your business-critical processes.

To learn more about how IntelliChief can help your business overcome its Accounts Payable challenges with industry-leading workflow automation and document management solutions, contact us today.

 

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5 Must Haves for AP Automation

Selecting the right AP automation software for your situation can be challenging. To get the most out of AP automation, you need a solution that adapts to your business model. If your system can’t handle your unique business rules – like matching invoices to open purchase orders or routing exceptions to managers for approval – you have to manually complete tasks that you should have been able to automate. Check out the five (5) must-have features in AP Automation to ensure that you have all of the right tools to maximize the efficiency in your AP department.

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Global Interconnectivity Workflow Automation

According to the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), the most important trend is manifesting global virtual workforces. The goal for companies: global interconnectivity workflow automation.

MAPI’s hit on a need spanning all business category – company staff utilizing available, affordable technology to continue their ability to unite each of their locations (and remote workers), increasing efficiencies towards achievement of a one-company environment.

Back-office workflow automation is an impactful capability to impact the global interconnectivity design. Its universal appeal is applicable to all organizations’ efforts to increase speed and lower cost, particularly in the functions of Accounts Payable and Order Processing.

Deloitte states workflow automation reducing business process costs by 30%. This accounts for interdepartmental staff time savings and accuracy improvements, with each transaction’s documentation being captured and organized, accessible and trackable throughout process lifecycles.

Workflow automation is powered by enterprise content management (ECM), software that enables lifecycle management of project and transaction documentation. It encompasses capturing paper and electronic documents in all forms and from all sources, identifying necessary information to populate integrated ERP and business system fields. It reduces or eliminates manual keying of data into systems, providing straight through processing, while validating accuracy among system databases. Once documentation is captured and organized, company process-specific workflow provides desktop and mobile accessibility for collaborative input and expedited approvals.

Ultimate ECM automation’s success is predicated with ability to integrate with any ERP/business system utilized within a company. This enables any department’s documentation capture, with each specific process mapped, creating an enterprise-encompassing environment of workflow automation without cumbersome infrastructure transformation. One ECM system for an entire organization’s needs, converting process based on business rules defined per department’s function.

ECM is best suited for organizations having geographically uniform processes and needing to reduce related cost to be more competitive and achieve a superior level of operational excellence. It accomplishes the global interconnectivity workflow automation objective, while creating economies of scale through higher ROI per expanded department and function.

Peer Expression: How a Company Reduced Production Lead Time 50 Percent

Founded in 1946, this global company produces custom products and services for companies in the valve and pump, chemical, petrochemical, nuclear, pulp & paper, pharmaceutical, food & dairy, metering, military and instrumentation industries. With steady growth came their realization they had outgrown their manual system of order input and workflow, and that it should be automated, enabling their order-to-cash processing to drive faster production, shipping, and billing.

Their identified challenges:

  • Gaining visibility into order processing
  • Enhancing workflow between departments
  • Accelerating order/contract review lead time, and
  • Reducing costs associated with paper: handling (invoice retrieval from filing cabinets, copying documents, updating log books, and lost orders due to capture ineffectiveness), significant storage space allotment.

“Once a customer order came in, there were a lot of steps required before it was entered into our enterprise resource planning system (ERP),” stated the company’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Engineering, Quality, Production and Customer Service were all involved in the order review process. Each area might have responsibilities from validating pricing, setting up new customers, providing samples – all based on the kind of order received and from whom. This meant a lot of room for error, shuffling paper between departments, lots of emails; overall an inefficient manual process.”

Their requirements included:

  • Will work with their ERP
  • Will capture emailed orders
  • Workflow will handle their complex order process.

After evaluating four vendors, the company selected IntelliChief, who integrated with their ERP, provided the document capture and workflow capabilities they needed, required less upfront configuration to fit their processes, and provided attentive ongoing maintenance and user support.

IntelliChief’s Impact

“IntelliChief’s paperless process management has enabled our production lead time to be reduced 50%,” conveyed the Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “This significant improvement also provides benefits of substantially fewer lost orders, enhanced visibility into the orders-to-cash process, and ultimately fewer customer complaints.”

Functionally, orders are now uploaded to IntelliChief, validated against data in the ERP, and routed to all respective parties involved in a structured electronic package. What was done manually by moving paper in batches through various departments is now cohesive in real time. IntelliChief’s accelerated order-to-cash processing allows access to the entire order packet directly from the company’s ERP screens, saving time and improving customer service. Through this automation, IntelliChief captures customer order documents regardless of how they are physically received – by email, fax or postal service. IntelliChief’s workflow assists in order processing by automating functions including new customer setup, expired pricing, credit checks and engineering approvals.

“IntelliChief’s user training enabled everyone interacting with the system to be comfortable with its usage quickly,” mentioned the Sales & Marketing head. “That helped achieve our system ROI within a year.

“My advice to those considering automating their document capture and workflow: thoroughly understand your current process and what you want the future state to be. IntelliChief’s business process specialists helped us immensely to assess our strengths and discover opportunities and configured our IntelliChief system to suit our needs best.”

 

Related Automated Sales Order Processing Software – The first Step in a Faster Order Fulfillment Process

Back Office Automation Besting Business Costs

McKinsey found that by incorporating available technologies to back office operations, redeploying employees to more strategic initiatives and reimagining processes, companies can dramatically increase performance and greatly reduce costs. Back office automation besting business costs is an employable reality.

Functionally, McKinsey noted that companies can automate approximately 30 percent of the activities in 60 percent of all occupations by using technology available today. As system’s capabilities increase by utilizing robotic process automation, machine learning and natural-language generation, the business case for automation is strong.

Take Accounts Payable processing; present in every organization, either centralized or handled at the division or location level. In all environments, manual processing of invoices is costly: 14 days and $17 each, according to industry averages. And that’s on top of paying the bills themselves…

Another volatile manual processing risk is late payment fees. Without ERP database and processing workflow visibility provided by automation, adhering to optimized payment scheduling, is a precarious task. Forgoing early payment discounts is also in this spectrum, and depending on scale, can be even more costly.

The answer and the ROI are in automating this back office operation, encompassing purchase information collecting, securing, validating, workflowing and approving payments. This is accomplished with an enterprise content management system (ECM) integrated with the company’s ERP and line of business systems. The results: processing cost reduction to 3 days and $3 each, invoice routing and approval time reduced 80 – 90 percent, along with less late fees paid and more early pay discounts received.

People are engaged through automation. According to The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), unlocking value from the human dimension of businesses is the facet determining a company’s success. They charge that encouraged behaviors that build a foundation of trust upon which (automated) information is shared, as a crucial (fiscal) reality. This is spot-on back office – it’s an organization’s Accounts Payable people who are gatekeepers of financial strength. Automation assists them by:

– Assuring processing workflow accuracy and accountability among all those involved in a transaction, while

– Enabling businesses to utilize processing staff most strategically and profitably.

AP processing is an encouraging function to start or expand back office automation. Its impact on reducing cost is quickly realized throughout an organization.

 

Related Accounts Payable Automation: Leverage the Power of Technology to Streamline Your AP Workflows

IntelliChief Presenting JD Edwards Customer Success Story at Oracle Quest COLLABORATE 18

IntelliChief, LLC, an Oracle Gold Partner, will be presenting at Oracle Quest COLLABORATE 18.

In tandem with Emser Tile, the largest privately held designer and marketer of tile and natural stone products in the US, IntelliChief will be presenting Successfully Automating Sales Order Processing for Emser Tile with JD Edwards and IntelliChief ECM. Join us and learn:

IntelliChief will also be presenting Fiscal Fitness for Oracle Systems: Accounts Payable Automation and Beyond. This session will address the latest advances in JD Edwards process automation and content management.

About Collaborate 18

Oracle Quest COLLABORATE 18 facilitates an international technology and applications forum for the Oracle community. The event brings together users of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, JD Edwards World, PeopleSoft and Oracle E-Business Suite.

This year’s JD Edwards peer user presentation will be held from April 22-26, 2018 at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas. Demonstrations and discussions will be held daily in the Exhibit Section, IntelliChief Booth 212.

Cash Flow Management and AP Automation Case Study

Cash flow management on your mind? You’re not alone. Many companies have started implementing strategies for better purchasing, accounting, and billing outcomes – all with their eye on their bottom line.

Here’s one project we recently completed, helping an equipment rental company achieve major cost savings through ECM.

Want to see what IntelliChief can do for your cash flow? Contact us today.

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PeopleSoft Accounts Payable Automation

PeopleSoft Accounts Payable Automation

How long do your employees spend on Accounts Payable in PeopleSoft?  If you’re not using your Oracle PeopleSoft ERP as efficiently as you could be, IntelliChief can help. We offer AP automation solutions specifically for Oracle, and because we’re an Oracle Gold Partner that has performed countless installations for PeopleSoft customers, we can configure a solution that aligns perfectly with your needs and goals.

What to Expect When You Automate Accounts Payable in PeopleSoft

Our PeopleSoft Accounts Payable Automation tools help you:

  • Collect, process, and store your vendor invoices
  • Capture more vendor discounts
  • Collaborate easily between multiple departments
  • Prevent lost or misplaced documents
  • Eliminate inefficiencies from manual entry

Automated workflows let you capture purchase orders, order acknowledgments, and receiving documents from both paper-based and electronic formats. Once captured, they’re organized and stored with any related transactional documents. Meanwhile, our software compares all of the data with the transactional information you already have saved in PeopleSoft. You don’t have to manually match the information or waste time on multi-step approval routing.

The best part? PeopleSoft users that implement IntelliChief for AP typically achieve a full ROI within one year — and that’s not the only benefit.

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The Benefits of PeopleSoft Accounts Payable Automation With IntelliChief

When you automate PeopleSoft with IntelliChief, your business will become faster, leaner, and more profitable. Customers benefit from:

  • Industry-leading integration backed by Oracle Gold Partner status eliminates the need for multiple vendors or technical resources
  • Embrace a paperless office that is more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and adaptable
  • Full visibility in the Accounts Payable process, including micro- and macro-level tracking
  • Boost deployment speed
  • Improve accuracy with advanced validation software that gets smarter over time
  • Automatically capture invoices from a monitored inbox
  • 80-90 percent reduction in manual data entry
  • Lightning-fast 2-, 3-, and even 4-way matching
  • Secure digital repository creates a centralized hub for all documents
  • Analyze processing speed, cost, efficiency, and ROI achieved with IntelliChief
  • Remote access from any smartphone or tablet
  • 24/7 security and audit protection

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Discover Our PeopleSoft Accounts Payable Automation Solutions

Is your company ready to phase out old, inundated processes that prevent it from reaching its potential? Your growth objectives are clear. You’re ready to take the next step, and IntelliChief can help you get there with PeopleSoft Accounts Payable automation. Realize instant ROI as your processes become faster, more accurate, and smarter — literally paying you back over time by automatically taking advantage of early payment discounts while eliminating late payments.

Want to learn more about our PeopleSoft Accounts Payable automation solutions? Contact us today for a free consultation. Our automation experts will help you determine whether or not your business is a good fit for automation.