One of the trends we’re seeing at Selectica is the ever increasing rate of companies–even small ones–abandoning their manual, paper-based procurement systems for the proven efficiencies and documented cost advantages of cloud-based, SaaS (software as a service) procure-to-pay, spend-management systems.
The reasons for this migration are both numerous and compelling. The tipping point for transitioning to an automated spend-management system usually comes when the veritable “flood” of paper invoices, delivery receipts, and PO’s begins overwhelming the accounts payable team. Symptoms of this condition include a near constant stream of lost/misplaced documents as well as an ever-growing list of processing errors resulting in late, missed, or erroneous payments that are embarrassing, time-consuming, and costly to fix.
On the other hand, a cloud-based SaaS spend-management solution, such as Selectica’s, can immediately increase the accuracy and efficiency of your AP team by minimizing the human errors that invariably are a part of manually keying-in all those PO’s, delivery receipts, and invoices.
Other advantages of having an automated spend-management system include:
- Speed – bottlenecks (usually caused by human hands) are minimized in a digital system with automated workflows.
- Accessibility – cloud-based SaaS applications can be viewed anywhere, at anytime, from any web-connected device.
- Audit trail – most of these systems (including Selectica‘s) will log and time-stamp all documents to help companies comply with their Sarbanes Oxley requirements.
- Improved Visibility – spend compliance behaviors greatly increase in an automated system as managing the exception rather than the entire process becomes the norm.
- Affordability – monthly subscription prices continue to drop for cloud-based Saas spend-management systems making these systems highly affordable and in some cases ROI positive in as little as 90 days.
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