When it comes to implementing digital transformation solutions, accounts payable often takes a backseat to other business processes. This makes sense because of the increased rigor that financial documentation goes through during processing. However, optimizing customer-oriented workflows, or process automation, without optimizing your invoice and billing solutions is a half-measure that will generate production bottlenecks in time.
Instead of treating your accounts payable department like a burdensome cost, you can implement innovative managed services that will transform accounting processes into value-generating assets. Once you start quantifying value in terms of cost-savings and efficiencies, the opportunity to upgrade your accounts payable processes is one you will want to take as soon as you can.
There are three ways that managed services can help generate value in enterprise financial departments. From digitally processing invoices to implementing state-of-the-art data and network security solutions, you can provide your accounting department with the tools it needs to produce long-lasting value.
Three Workflow Solutions to Improve Accounts Payable Efficiency
Today’s finance officers have to cope with increasingly complex regulations while being able to offer useful advice to executive partners using modern data analysis to draw insight. This puts CFOs in a position to balance concerns of performance, efficiency, and risk using data that may not always be immediately available.
To be able to take advantage of the data that accounts payable processes generate, you need to collect, store, and communicate data effectively. A solid financial data infrastructure can remove up to 25 percent of your current staff’s workload, increasing your capabilities significantly.
Our workflow optimization specialists identify three valuable ways today’s organizations can reduce waste and inefficiency in the accounts payable department. These include customized workflow solutions, managed print services, and mobile compatibility.
1. Customized Process Automation and Workflows
Your organization operates according to a strict set of unique processes that determine what happens to incoming financial documentation. Those processes include solutions for invoices, procedures for billing, and retroactive corrections of mistakes (when possible).
Paper-based workflows are simply too slow and too inefficient to generate value in today’s workplace. But you cannot reasonably expect to bulldoze your own existing processes and replace them ad-hoc with brand new digital ones.
You need customized digital workflows that mirror your paper-based processes while improving the speed and efficiency with which accounts payable employees process individual documents. This allows you to set hard-and-fast rules that enforce regulatory compliances and speed up the capture of incoming financial documentation.
Additionally, customized digital workflows allow you to route new documents using automated tools that prevent the possibility of sensitive data getting into the wrong hands. Customized workflows allow you to keep a closer eye on data transfer and printing so that your company enjoys greater data security.
2. Managed Print Services
Printing can account for up to 15 percent of unreported annual business spending. That alarming figure is easy to understand when you factor in the cost of ink and toner cartridges, paper, printer maintenance, and employee downtime caused by printer-related issues.
Managed print services transform your print fleet into a value-generating asset that is scalable, efficient, and easy to manage. These services turn an ad-hoc expense into a fixed fee while incentivizing your service provider to keep your print fleet in perfect working condition.
Powerful analytics allow you to look at print consumption at the individual user level to determine which employees are abusing print resources – and why. This also gives you the power to change your print fleet layout to accommodate employee workflows so that the departments that print the most have the ideal resources available to do so.
3. Mobile Office Solutions
Enterprises are increasingly moving towards the Bring-Your-Own-Device trend. For an increasing number of employees, work no longer refers strictly to what happens at your desk. The ability to process and communicate data from the palm of your hand is an important and valuable asset.
While there are legitimate security concerns to letting employees use their own mobile devices, the fact is that employees will choose the most convenient way to get things done. If that means using a mobile device to send sensitive customer financial documentation, it is up to you to make sure that the transfer is a secure one.
Developing and deploying robust mobile office solutions help to standardize processes and procedures for using mobile devices. This allows employees to print, scan, and transfer sensitive data from their mobile devices securely while enjoying full access to company resources.
Are you ready to incorporate state-of-the-art process automation and workflow solutions into your accounts payable processes? Contact an RJ Young specialist today!
“Only 16 percent of organizations use a document management system for tax work.”— Business Finance
Alarming statistic considering the amount of important and sensitive information required for tax returns. Despite the three extra days this year to gather your paperwork, the countdown is on to Tax Day (April 18). Document management systems are key to productivity and efficiency, which is especially needed during the crunch-time of tax season.
3 Ways to Simplify Tax Time with Document Management
- Digital Documents
Don’t lose key documentation for deductions, scan paper documents and receipts to turn tax files into digital documents. Lost documents and receipts are costing you money. Organize documents and reduce clutter. Shed in an organized digital filing system to reduce losing critical information.
- Document Retrieval
Create a digital filing system for easy access. Find, share & edit tax documents using keyword searches/search by keywords, file type, etc.
Sensitive tax documents are secure. Electronic storage system always keeps documents backed up in the event of a disaster. Electronic storage systems help protect sensitive data and keep confidential financial documents, confidential.
Don’t waste valuable time and money searching for misplaced or lost tax documents. Transition paper documents into electronic information. Using a document management system not only simplifies tax time, but also helps to stay organized, increases productivity and efficiency and keeps important documents secure for every aspect of your office.
Mark Turner, Director of Software Services
Mark Turner brings a wealth of experience in document software systems to his position as Director of Software sales for RJ Young. Mark helps clients be more successful in their businesses through document management, workflow automation and software systems to streamline the transfer of document information.