Category Archives: Purchasing

Esker Strengthens Its Purchase-to-Pay Solution with New PunchOut Catalog Feature

Sydney, Australia — October 9, 2018 — Esker, a worldwide leader in AI-driven process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, today announced the launch of a new PunchOut catalog feature for its Purchase-to-Pay (P2P) automation solution. Esker’s new functionality enables users to “punch out” from their procurement application to select online catalogs so that they can order anything online without leaving Esker’s P2P solution. As a result, users save time while purchasing at contract-negotiated prices.

Esker’s cloud-based, AI-powered platform automates the entire P2P process, eliminating manual tasks from purchasing and accounts payable, such as: supplier information management, contract management, procurement, accounts payable (AP) automation, expense management, payment and supply chain financing.

Read more here: https://www.esker.com.au/company/press-releases/esker-strengthens-its-purchase-pay-solution-new-punchout-catalog-feature/

PICKING THE WINNING BRACKET (AND AUTOMATION SOLUTION)

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It’s bracket time! Millions of people fill out brackets every year with the hopes of getting it right and winning big. Whether it’s for your local office or a national pool, the chance to win big money is too enticing to pass up. As I have been filling out brackets since the age of 6 years old,  I thought I would share the three factors that help me decide on who has the best chance of winning it all — and how to do the same when it comes to picking a winning automation solution for your business.

To start, here’s a little history. The first NCAA tournament was in 1939 and the Oregon Ducks ended up winning the championship. In those days, only eight teams made the big dance. Today, that number has ballooned to over 72 teams in 2017. That’s a lot of unknown factors to account for, leaving the chance of you perfectly predicting the bracket as 1 in 9.2 quintillions. Yup, that’s a real number.

So what factors do I follow to increase my chance of winning (and that companies can follow in their hunt for an automation solution)?

  1. The Point Guard: The most important position come tournament time. Why? Because point guards are the extension of your coach on the floor. They communicate what offense to run, control game tempo and are usually responsible for defending the other team’s point guard.Think of your customer service representatives (CSRs) as your organizational point people. Not only are they responsible for entering orders, CSRs answer customer questions, handle disputes and make sure customers are taken care of. They are an extension of your company’s values, philosophies, and strategies. According to Forrester Research, great work by CSRs (aka point guard play) can translate to over $80 million in additional revenue.
  1. The Coach: One of the most underrated aspects of picking a potential candidate for winning March Madness. Look for a coach with a history of creating a culture of winning. That kind of coach excels at recruiting talent and utilizing that talent to maximize the potential of not only each individual player but of the team as a whole.Organizations that are constantly looking for ways to improve business processes are creating a culture of winning — always improving and never content with last year’s successes. In order to achieve success, they must be willing to invest in their talent by giving them the coaching and tools to meet customer needs in a timely matter.
  1. Defense, Defense, and More Defense. In today’s data-driven world, you can look at statistical splits (+/-) to try and predict how far they will go. Field goal percentages at the rim and the three-point line can all be used to forecast a team’s performance come tourney time. Taking a peek at advanced statistics can also reveal underlying issues that wouldn’t otherwise be noticeable.Visibility into how efficiently your company is processing orders and invoices allows organizations to take advantage of things like early payment discounts, and help the supply chain with demand planning and inventory thanks to the ability to monitor orders before they even hit the ERP system!

Having a winning bracket usually isn’t based on luck … I mean, there are some folks who guess correctly based on uniform color, mascot, or even who sponsors their shoes. Luck isn’t sustainable,  but your organization’s success is — especially once you’ve carefully evaluated your people, process, and technology. Esker can help your organization optimize its business functions with automation, just give us a shout here.

Esker Announces Partnership with Optima ECM Consulting to Expand Revenue Opportunities and Accelerate Delivery of Cloud Solutions

Alliance is designed to accommodate Esker’s growth while enhancing solutions offered by Optima

Sydney, Australia — January 9, 2018Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, announced today its partnership with Optima, a global implementation organisation. The relationship is aimed to benefit the customers of both companies by providing a more holistic set of offerings that complement the evolving nature of digital transformation. 

Esker’s exponential revenue growth and increased consumer demand for cloud-based solutions is predicted to continue into 2018. In order to accommodate such rapid growth while maintaining excellent customer service, Esker entered into a partnership with Optima to help create efficiencies and better implement its solutions.

“As the demand for our solutions grows, we continue to look toward trusted partners to help us scale while identifying new revenue opportunities,” said Steve Smith, U.S. chief operating officer at Esker. “Because Optima has a reputation for unparalleled expertise in purchase-to-pay (P2P) and order-to-cash (O2C), it was a natural fit for us.”

Optima turned to Esker to help capture the mid-size market and to expand its business service capabilities to include a cloud solution.
“Esker is a known entity in the cloud space with a superb reputation for integrity and excellent customer service,” said Alex Nadesan, founding partner and chief operations officer of Optima. “Our customers are looking to the cloud and, in Esker, we know we have found the technological and cultural fit we were searching for.”

Now that the two brands have forged a synergistic partnership, they will begin offering integrated solutions to current and future customers in 2018.

About Optima EDM Consulting

Optima ECM Consulting is a global implementation organisation that specialises in the strategy, design and implementation of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) solutions for Compliance, Optimisation, Revenue Enhancement and Collaboration. Optima’s unparalleled experience in strategy, design, implementation and management of EIM solutions such as Purchase to Pay, Sales Order Management, and Enterprise Content Management solutions enables companies to achieve both their strategic and business objectives as they look to execute their digital transformation. With more than 60 consultants and offices in USA, Mexico and Spain, Optima is uniquely suited to ensure businesses rapidly recognise expected ROI and drive immediate value across their organisation. For more information on Optima and its solutions, visit www.optimaecm.com.

Esker Named Innovative P2P Technology of the Year Winner by PayStream Advisors

Purchase-to-Pay (P2P) automation suite selected for enhanced user experience

Sydney, Australia — October 20, 2016  —  Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, today announced its P2P automation solution was awarded Innovative P2P Technology of the Year Award by PayStream Advisors.  paystreamThe renowned independent research and advisory firm hosts the PayStream Advisors Innovate Awards each year to honor innovators in the field of Accounts Payable and purchasing automation. This year’s awards took place as part of the PayStream Advisors P2P Automation Masters Summit held during the IOFM’s AP&P2P Conference in Las Vegas Oct. 24-26.

PayStream recognises the top accounts payable (AP), procurement and P2P technologies each year to highlight the leaders in those sectors and to help guide customers with their purchasing needs.

“Esker has made great strides in improving its P2P offering this year, and we now see it as an ideal tool for organisations looking for a straightforward way to automate basic indirect procurement functions,” said Jimmy LeFever, Director, Research & Consulting, PayStream Advisors.

Esker’s P2P automation suite, which serves over 300 customers in 30 countries, was chosen for its flexibility, interoperability and customisable user experience. The P2P suite integrates with more than 30 different enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, has optical character recognition (OCR) that reads 130 languages, and has a customisable set of dashboards to show key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics as needed.

“We believe our Purchase-to-Pay automation suite generates added value and profitability for all sizes of organisations – from mid-market to Tier 1 corporations,” said Christophe DuMonet, Managing Director at Esker Australia and New Zealand. “Our goal is for our customers to have the ability to communicate, collaborate and transact effectively and efficiently with their suppliers to procure high-quality goods and services at the best cost and at the right time.”

 

 

Order and Issue Management: An Untapped Potential for Improved Productivity and Enhanced Customer Relationships (Part 6)

 

The early and broad adoption of EDI technologies in ANZ in various industries means that a large proportion of customer orders are transmitted via EDI. However, like everywhere else, EDI orders are processed via one set of technologies whilst fax and email orders are processed either manually or via another set of technologies – often enough not in an integrated manner. This means that the customer service team seldom has access to all customer orders from one interface, cannot easily reconcile all customer orders from customers using multiple channels (EDI, fax, email, tel) and in some companies a dedicated team needs to check and correct EDI orders.

A simpler, integrated solution to manage all orders – EDI, fax, email – provides an effective tool to increase productivity and increase customer satisfaction.

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Order and Issue Management: An Untapped Potential for Improved Productivity and Enhanced Customer Relationships (Part 5)

 

The early and broad adoption of EDI technologies in ANZ in various industries means that a large proportion of customer orders are transmitted via EDI. However, like everywhere else, EDI orders are processed via one set of technologies whilst fax and email orders are processed either manually or via another set of technologies – often enough not in an integrated manner. This means that the customer service team seldom has access to all customer orders from one interface, cannot easily reconcile all customer orders from customers using multiple channels (EDI, fax, email, tel) and in some companies a dedicated team needs to check and correct EDI orders.

A simpler, integrated solution to manage all orders – EDI, fax, email – provides an effective tool to increase productivity and increase customer satisfaction.
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Order and Issue Management: An Untapped Potential for Improved Productivity and Enhanced Customer Relationships (Part 4)

 

Many industries and hence companies in ANZ also have seasonal peak order processing (garden products, home renovation products, season dependent food products, etc). Often enough companies hire additional temporary admin staff to handle the increased workload. Whilst this approach might work OK for some companies, every year these companies go through the same stressful situation of recruiting, training, temporary staff and do not really address the core issues. This is another great opportunity for companies to ‘do more with the same resources’.

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Esker Shortlisted for 2016 SaaS Awards

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – July 12, 2016 – Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing , today announced that it is a finalist in the 2016 SaaS Awards Program in three categories: Best SaaS Product for ERP, Best SaaS Product for Business Accounting or Finance and Best SaaS Product for Management Accounting or Budgeting.

With awards for excellence and innovation in SaaS, the Software-as-a-Service Awards program received more than 200 entries from around the world, including companies located in the US, Canada, Australasia, UK and EMEA. 2016 is the inaugural year for The SaaS Awards program, which is partnered with the annual Cloud Awards.
“Our mission is to enable our customers to streamline their business processes by improving efficiencies, accuracy, visibility and costs,” said Steve Smith, U.S. chief operating officer at Esker. “We consider it validation of our success in that goal to be recognised among the best SaaS providers worldwide.“

Esker’s solutions help organisations automate multiple document-based business processes on one integrated platform, approaching the entire cash conversion cycle through one interface. Esker was also the first to offer 100% cloud-based solutions that free businesses from buying, building or maintaining the necessary IT infrastructure.

“We have seen a great adoption of Esker’s SaaS solutions for order management and accounts payable in the Australian and New Zealand markets over the past 7-8 years. To be nominated in three categories is a fantastic recognition of the commitment of the Esker teams to driving Cloud adoption through smart and robust Cloud software solutions,” said Christophe DuMonet, Managing Director at Esker ANZ.

Esker’s sales order processing (SOP) solution, which automates the entire order process, from the reception of a customer order to its creation in the ERP/business application, is a finalist for the Best SaaS Product for ERP category. Esker’s accounts payable (AP) solution, which streamlines the process of verifying, entering vendor invoices and getting approval of the order, is a finalist for the Best SaaS Product for Business Accounting or Finance and the Best SaaS Product for Management or Accounting categories.

SaaS Awards and Cloud Awards organizer Larry Johnson said: “The SaaS Awards is a recognition platform specifically for software solutions. In a maturing international marketplace for cloud services, SaaS has proven to be the poster boy for leveraging thin-client technologies, while ensuring end-users are always working at the cutting edge.”
Final SaaS Awards winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. To view the full shortlist, please visit: https://www.cloud-awards.com/2016-saas-shortlist/

About the SaaS Awards

The SaaS Awards is a sister program to the Cloud Awards, which was founded in 2011. The SaaS Awards focuses on recognising excellence and innovation in software solutions.

Order and Issue Management: An Untapped Potential for Improved Productivity and Enhanced Customer Relationships (Part 3)

 

Whilst the numbers in ANZ might vary slightly – lower % for SLAs commitment, higher % for meeting SLAs and higher % for urgent order processing – the same root causes prevail in ANZ. There is a great opportunity for many companies to better manage the order management process with automatic processing (identification of priority orders for instance), real time analytics (prioritisation of order processing based on cut-off times for shipping) and team performance.

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Order and Issue Management: An Untapped Potential for Improved Productivity and Enhanced Customer Relationships (Part 2)

 

Whilst the mix of inbound channels for receiving order in ANZ might vary slightly – greater EDI adoption and lower faxed orders – the same challenge of VISIBILITY exists in ANZ. Typically there is no single view of the customer orders and no real time analytics on order management is available to supply chain management and business managers.

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