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Bloodletting

In the old days bloodletting was considered to be a universal cure to diseases. Later when it was realised that it could have only negative effects it still continued for quite a while. Old habits die hard.

There are many similar practises today and the guy sitting on the chair is a typical SME letting himself be subject to a plethora of painful reporting and paperbased practises - even if there are modern cures to his disease = lack of time for real business due to an uncontrollable mass of difficult to understand practises, unnecessary auditing, non-harmonised reporting to authorities, customers, suppliers, financiers etc. All causing high stress levels and from time to time give-up mentality in this by-volume and often also by-agility most important enterprise segment.

The EU Commission has set a goal of cutting costs caused by administrative burdens in enterprises by 25% by 2012. Much more can be achieved by moving away from the expensive habit of de-electronizing invoices by printing or PDFing and thereby losing most of the valuable information - only to use time and big money to re-electronize it. Once a critical mass of migration from this "bloodletting" has happened there is a platform for:

1. eventually totally automate accounting for SMEs (link the e-invoice duplicat to the electronic account statement)

2. automatically produce a realtime cash flow forcast

3. automatically link payment behavior and credit scoring information to e-invoicing, e-ordering, e-rfps and e-offers (same template poducing mostly the same data elements)

4. automate invoice-financing

5. move to real time VAT-payments - instead of costly accumulating+reporting+paying+reclaiming in case of non-payment etc

6. unify reporting codes used both in relation to public sector and other reporting - and thereby create and support also unified accounting charts

All this and more - in one package. Who could be against it? Especially with the coming nosediving of number of EU citizens in working age.

 

Bloodletting
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