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State of Flux, the London based procurement and supply chain consultancy, has launched their 2011 global SRM survey.  This year’s survey focuses on the current state of SRM practices, the value they deliver, and the much talked about (but little researched) theme of “customer of choice”.

Readsoft and OB10 have announced a new global partnerships - aimed it seems at delivering the synergy that the two organisation can deliver around e-invoicing and AP automation. The press release states that the two companies have developed a "comprehensive, end-to-end business process solution that will integrate seamlessly with SAP, Oracle and other leading financial and ERP systems using the ReadSoft INVOICE COCKPIT Suite as a universal invoice hub to control all invoice processing irrespective of document format."

Purchasing is a complex set of interconnected and dependent people, processes and technology. - market knowledge; benchmarking information; purchase to pay and accounting systems and processes and last but by no means least - data. Data - your procurement organization's Achilles heal.

There's been a good debate on linkedin over the past few days full of insightful and educated opinions on every side of the e-invoicing discussion. It was started by Christian Lanng from Tradeshift asking what free really means but it spawned into a wide debate about e-invoicing generally and the relative merits of PDF, EDI, XML and of course, scanning which some of the the purists believe, is not the answer to the "e-invoicing problem" because it requires manual intervention.

Taulia, Inc., the leading cloud-based dynamic discounting solution provider for SAP®, today announced that it has acquired billFLO.  billFLO helps small businesses monitor cash flow and identify liquidity gaps by automating the accounts payable, accounts receivable and expense reporting processes.  The combined company turns the conflicting cash flow needs of large buying organizations and their smaller suppliers into a win-win with its cloud-based financial supply chain solution.

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