ePayables 2013: AP's New Dawn


REPORT AUTHORS: Andrew Bartolini, Chief Research Officer & Vishal Patel, Research Director
The sun is setting on manual processes and, for accounts payable (AP), it has been a long day. With process automation now the rule and not the exception within the enterprise, the question for AP leaders in 2013 is not if technology should be deployed, but rather, when can it be deployed and how quickly can it be mastered. Welcome to the dawn, AP’s new dawn.
This independent research report seeks to present a comprehensive, industry-wide view into what is happening in the world of accounts payable (“AP”) today by drawing on the experience, performance, and perspective of more than 245 AP and finance professionals. The report is organized into the following chapters:
Chapter One – The State of the AP: This chapter looks at the continuing evolution of the role of the accounts payable and its level of engagement and alignment within the enterprise today as well as the motivations and internal and external drivers that shape AP leaders’ priorities and plans this year and beyond.
Chapter Two – The State of ePayables: This chapter offers an assessment of the extent to which the accounts payable function is leveraging technology to improve its performance while also detailing the different areas within the enterprise that see and feel AP’s impact.
Chapter Three – AP Performance:This chapter provides accounts payable performance and operational benchmark statistics and a profile of Best-in-Class performers and their distinguishing characteristics.
Chapter Four – Strategies for Success: This chapter presents a series of recommended strategies and approaches for finance and accounts payable leaders and their departments who are seeking to improve their operations and their results.

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