Accounts Payable Automation

Driving Efficiency and Providing Visibility to the Enterprise

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 8, 2010) -  Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), announced the release of its latest accounts payable study, E-Payables 2010: The Strategic Value of Accounts Payable Automation. This study explores how enterprises of all sizes can derive efficiency gains from automation, capturing cost savings and providing visibility into invoice and payment status.

"Whether focusing on the receipt or payment ends of the accounts payable process, companies are responding to a common set of pressures driving their focus on A/P process improvement," says Scott Pezza, a senior associate at Aberdeen Group. "At the top of the list, companies are facing top-down directives to cut costs, and are experiencing difficulties in working with information in paper-based formats." This report provides an overview of possible solutions, from technology-based decisions to convert paper documents to usable data, to engaging suppliers to enable alternative payment options.

"Transitioning away from paper checks is certainly a goal easier stated than achieved," according to William Jan, a senior analyst in Aberdeen Group's Financial Management and GRC practice. "However, with an informed strategy for supplier engagement, businesses can spend their time wisely, by selectively approaching those business partners most likely to agree to a change."

This study also presents the current state of A/P functions, the cost impacts of inefficiency, and outlines how top-performing companies are leading the way in digitizing documents and automating processes for enhanced corporate performance and external collaboration.

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