Sep. 20, 2011 – Lake Forest, Calif. – Take the top 15 most innovative companies (according to the “Information Week 500 Ranking” released last week) and two of them are using iPayables InvoiceWorks for accounts payable automation and electronic invoicing.

The InformationWeek 500 ranking is different than some other lists that simply look for the largest IT expenditures; it highlights the power of innovation in information technology by tracking technologies, strategies, investments and administrative practices.

“Our clients are innovative,” commented Ken Virgin, CEO at iPayables. “They look to technology to make their businesses better. The accounts payable departments at these firms aren’t fanatics who believe they are the key to market dominance. They simply take part in that companywide vision of using technology to improve.  They’re innovative by culture.”

Accounts payable automation has a number of different variations, but in this case, it is the elimination of paper by having suppliers key or upload invoices electronically over the internet.  Any suppliers unable or unwilling to submit electronic invoices are given a PO Box to send paper invoices where the invoice becomes electronic.  The electronic invoices are matched against purchase orders or routed for approval and paid.

Industry benchmarks for invoice processing put the average number of days from receipt to approve at 23 days. In the payables automation examples above the average number of days from receipt to approved for both companies is 3.5 days.  Both supplier and buyer have visibility into the progress of the invoice so inquiry calls are reduced and online dispute resolution tools allow issues to be resolved directly between the affected parties rather than putting accounts payable in the middle of it. As one client of payables automation put it, “We don’t do anything anymore, it’s all automated.” As it turns out, it was a little overstated, since they actually moved most of their clerks into an audit function. They still have work to do, just not the work they were doing before automation.

The benefits are obvious, but the question remains as to how long it will take for payables automation to become mainstream. The current buyers are very innovative companies actively looking for progressive technology.  While most other companies have a desire to automate, the fear of new technology seems to be too large of a hurdle. A survey by iPayables of large US companies that termed themselves “very interested in payables automation” showed that over 60% had had the initiative as a medium or high priority for over two years without pulling the trigger.

While betting on the newest technologies can have its risks, in this case, the most innovative companies are reaping the benefits of their courage, while their timid counterparts are stagnating in paper.

About iPayables
We’re experts in the automating of accounts payable departments while optimizing workflow and streamlining the invoicing / payables process. By using our advanced internet invoicing system (InvoiceWorks®), companies can process invoices electronically, make changes, and can track payments all while eliminating phone inquiries, data entry, filing and the scanning of documents.

The world’s largest airline, largest grocer, largest restaurant chain and other Fortune 100 companies use iPayables InvoiceWorks® because of its functionality, flexibility, and unmatched value. iPayables provides supplier tools for invoice web-entry, file upload, EDI, PO flip and paper invoice capture; which integrate seamlessly with our robust and dynamic workflow, purchase order matching, dispute resolution, payment and dynamic discounting capabilities. To learn more about iPayables log on to www.ipayables.com