Author: Pete Loughlin

This week I had the privilege to see a demonstration of a technology that is going to fundamentally change accounts payable. Kofax announced the acquisition of Mobiflex in December last year. They announced at the time that this would bring Kofax Capture to remote workers allowing truck drivers, field engineers, architects and insurance claims assessors to capture data from documents in the field. We wrote about it here and I have to confess I was skeptical. But, after seeing the demo, skeptic no more. From an AP automation perspective, Kofax Mobile Capture is even better than even Kofax know. And here’s why.

This is 2012 and still my bank appears not to know who I am. This is despite the fact I have credit cards, insurance, checking accounts and mortgages with them.  Shouldn’t their customer relationship management systems be able to identify me? Maybe they do have a clever CRM system and maybe I’ve just been segmented into the “who the f*** is this guy” category. It’s one of the great disappointments of the 21st century that the local pizza place knows me better than my bank.

It's ironic. The very statistics that show the compelling case for AP automation also show that AP automation is the last thing a business needs to be planning. Today at Kofax Transform 2012, Scott Pezza from Aberdeen (@scottpezza) presented a comprehensive set of numbers illustrating the compelling case for automation of Accounts Payable. One metric after another showed that best in class organizations stand head and shoulders above even average businesses in terms of benefits they derive from initiatives like e-invoicing and scan and capture. But as I listened to Scott's eloquent presentation, something nagged at me.

I was excited to read about Alusta last week – the end-to-end framework or platform that Basware have developed for their procure to pay offerings and I was keen to understand a bit more about it when I hooked up with Juha Häkämies VP Market Development, Rowan Lemley, product Marketing Manager and John Webster, VP Global Product Marketing What is Alusta exactly? Is it the purchase to pay panacea or simply vaporware – a new marketing spin on an old set of products?  Actually a bit of both – but in a good way.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 6, 2012 – Taulia Inc., the only SAP®-certified SaaS platform for Dynamic Discounting and e-invoicing, today announced its will present in two separate sessions at the upcoming SAP Financials 2012 conference in Las Vegas, March 13-16, 2012.  SAP Financials is geared toward teams that use, evaluate, deploy, and support SAP functionality for financial management, reporting, and planning.  Taulia will also exhibit during the conference at booth # 475.