How to make sure e-invoicing solves real problems

Being capable of receiving e-invoices was never the problem, now was it? The problem has always been how to get the data out of all the different systems on the market. To be able to send real e-invoices with high quality information, instead of halfbreed PDF solutions.

This is what we are concentrating on. Because it is what our customers need.

A small to medium sized company is looking for an easy way to send structured data straight from their ERP to a customer that demands e-invoices. Our customers download our invoice app, install it and start sending e-invoices. It is as simple as that.

We know that the vast majority of our customers have no interest or incentive in becoming specialists in how to map one invoice format to another. Let alone having to keep track of routing and different electronic addressing. And they don’t want to make changes to their ERP just to be able to send an e-invoice. But they don´t have to, we do it for them.

While we have been focusing on developing actual solutions and getting tens of thousands companies to adopt e-invoicing, different self-appointed specialists are trying to outsmart each other with endless and more or less useless discussions about formats, VAT compliance and signed PDF:s.

The majority of e-invoicing providers in EU are companies that provide some kind of web based functionality to create an invoice in a browser and send it as a PDF. It doesn’t do much for the development of procurement, but it can be a great solution for micro companies with just a few invoices to send. And it’s eco friendly.

Then there are the “old ones” that will be around for a while. There is no question that EDI is still the best choice when it comes to screws and bolts in the manufacturing sector, but that’s it. Really.

Some of the workflow vendors have naturally turned their attention to e-invoicing. But most of them are only capable of receiving e-invoices and don’t have any good solutions for sending e-invoices, which we all know is the key.

Then there are a few new vendors with one thing in common; they have all developed some kind of solution that are supposed to make it easier for SMB companies to send e-invoices directly from their system. Many of these new vendors are more or less producing PDF:s, but that’s not what the SMB companies should be looking for.

We know that our customers, and all the other small to medium sized companies, need a solution that makes sure that they can send e-invoices to all their customers, regardless of what format the buyer is asking for. And without having to worry about if the OIOXML tag <com:ReferencedOrder> should be the Svefaktura tag <RequisitionistDocumentReference> or <cac:ID identificationSchemeID="ACD" identificationSchemeAgencyName="SFTI">