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The relaxation in the regulations on electronic invoicing in Europe will allow more organizations to take advantage of the lower business costs and greater control and efficiency that they allow but – as Ernst and Young point out in an insightful piece recently – a relaxation in the rules doesn’t mean than “anything goes”. Indeed, care needs to be taken to ensure that e-invoicing systems, whether managed in-house or out sourced, need to be thoroughly audited to ensure that they comply with the regulations.

There are two types of people. Those who get twitter and those who don't. It's genetic. You may or may not get why it’s important to purchasing professionals but whether you are a social networker or not there are some extremely valuable lessons to be learned from the twittersphere and one lesson in particular that some of you are not going to like.

Palette have just announced the appointment Michael Cichy as new General Manager for North America. The enterprise purchase-to-pay specialist Palette is expanding and strengthening its North American operation and has also announced two new partnerships with business automation and integration specialists, OnCourse and AllStar Software.

This is the second article in the series reflecting on how we got here. In the facebook age, when the digital natives – those who don’t remember a time before the internet – are emerging as the new generation of business leaders, thinkers and politicians, it can be easy to forget how today’s business technology evolved. And it’s easy to dismiss it. But knowing a little more than best practice and understanding why we do stuff the way we do is enlightening and helps inform us about the future evolution of business technology.

In the facebook age, when the digital natives - those who don't remember a time before the internet - are emerging as the new generation of business leaders, thinkers and politicians, it can be easy to forget how today's business technology evolved. And it's easy to dismiss it. But knowing a little more than best practice and understanding why we do stuff the way we do is enlightening and helps inform us about the future evolution of business technology.

Supply chain finance generally and dynamic discounting in particular has been has been featured quite heavily in Purchasing Insight. It's not an entirely new concept but in the last year or so it has gained a great deal of traction as a means of getting a real and significant commercial return by being clever with the way invoices are settled and this week, Purchasing Insight is delighted to welcome Taulia, the leading dynamic discounting solution provider, as its first sponsor.

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