Press release Launches Industry’s First AI-Enabled Business Payments Platform with End-to-End Workflow Automation

Sponsored by Businesswire,
a leader in financial process automation, today introduced the
industry’s first platform leveraging artificial intelligence to provide
end-to-end financial workflow automation. The new Intelligent
Business Payments Platform streamlines and controls payment processes
while saving SMBs and midsize companies time and reducing human error.

Advances in technology are shaping business expectations, but today many
businesses still
spend 23% of workdays
manually managing many processes. This is
creating a new demand for back office automation which, until recently,
has only been available to enterprise companies. Now, is
bringing advanced automation technology to SMBs and midsize companies
and through its new platform saving customers a substantial block of
time that can be used more productively. In a recent customer
survey, customers reported the platform saves them on average 5.5 hours
per week which translates to more than 35 business days annually.

“ has focused on developing new technologies that help SMBs
grow. Automating the back office is a huge industry-wide need,” said
René Lacerte, CEO and Founder. “Our new intelligent platform,
which is the most significant update to since its inception, is
built on ten years of experience managing business payments and hundreds
of millions of bills and invoices to train the AI. Increasing the speed
and ease of payments will help businesses get ahead.”

The focal point of the new platform, which has undergone
extensive testing and usability research, is its Intelligent Virtual
Assistant (IVA) capability. With IVA, invoices are automatically
handled. Approval processes start with no manual lag time and are 2-3
times faster than other methods. This automation easily scales as a
business grows to:

  • Eliminate manual data entry: IVA uses machine learning
    to automatically capture data from invoices, intercept and recognize
    human error and start the approval process automatically.
  • Anticipate Customer Needs: IVA will recognize workflows, such
    as bill approval routing and thresholds for payment, and automatically
    create those business rules on behalf of customers.
  • Offer new and faster payment options: The new platform enables
    new ways to pay, including international payments and virtual cards,
    that commonly shave one to two days off a vendor receiving payment.
    The new AI-enabled platform also can be set to auto pay
    recurring bills so the user doesn’t even have to think about it.

“ offers SMB and midsized companies an end-to-end payments
management platform powered by artificial intelligence and machine
learning,” said Kevin Permenter, Research Manager at IDC. “In the recent
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SaaS and Cloud-Enabled Accounts Payable
Applications 2019 Vendor Assessment
, was named a Major
Player. From minimizing data entry and human error when processing bills
and invoices, gaining approvals and making payments, the platform’s
intelligence and accuracy streamlines and gives full control to the
overall accounts payable process.”

“Any company that’s still making bill payments the old-fashioned way
really needs to innovate their back office,” says Gary Hornbeek, VP of
Finance for Quicken. “The Intelligent Virtual Assistant saves a
great deal of time for our finance department. When invoices come in,
IVA automatically processes and codes the invoices in the system with
vendor name, invoice number, amount and due date. This can drastically
reduce hours spent on manual entry.”

For more information, visit here
or join the intelligent
accounts payable webinar
on June 11 to learn how the new
platform uses AI and machine learning to automate payments and financial
processes to save time, reduce errors and eliminate manual data entry.

About is a leading digital business payments company with a network
of 3 million members, managing more than $60 billion in payments
annually. Making it simple to connect and do business, the
cloud-based Intelligent Business Payments Platform automates,
streamlines, and controls the payments process, saving more than 50
percent of the time typically spent. partners with the largest
U.S. financial institutions, more than 70 of the top 100 accounting
firms, major accounting software providers including NetSuite, Intacct,
QuickBooks and Xero, and is the preferred provider of digital payments
solutions for, the technology arm of the American Institute of
CPAs (AICPA). Winner of more than 70 awards, is recognized as
one of San Francisco Business Times’ and Silicon Valley Business
Journal’s “2018 Best Places to Work.”