Corporate finance departments continue their unrelenting push to
automate manual functions, according to the fourth annual State of
Accounts Payable Report, based on a survey conducted by leading AP
and payment automation solution provider MineralTree.
The survey revealed 43% of finance professionals work for companies that
have either already implemented accounts payable automation technology
(24%), or plan to within one year (19%). This represents a 30% increase
over the number of companies responding similarly in last year’s survey,
reflecting the increasingly mainstream adoption of automation technology
by finance professionals.
The report, which analyzes and evaluates the current state of accounts
payable operations from the perspective of more than 1,400 finance
professionals at middle market companies, also reveals several other
underlying trends that are driving change in accounts payable operations
across industries, including:
A continued rise of electronic payments. Even though paper
checks still dominate, automation was found to enable access to both
ACH transfers and B2B credit card payments. The percentage of
companies paying using ACH grew by 17% and companies using B2B card
payments grew by 26% from a year earlier.
The increasing frequency of fraud attempts in the middle market.
Middle market companies are reporting fraud attempts made against
their business at comparable levels to enterprise companies. In total,
60% of finance professionals reported a fraud attempt against their
organization in the past year.
A lack of visibility into accounts payable costs. For the
fourth consecutive year, finance professionals have drastically
underestimated the cost of manually processing and paying invoices.
“Our fourth annual State of AP Report shows that the macro trend
of digitization in the finance function is gaining significant momentum.
Forward-thinking companies are automating the manual components of the
finance function, and the AP process is quickly becoming the central
point of those automation efforts,” said Micah Remley, Chief Operating
Officer of MineralTree. “The benefits of automation are clear for any
organization in that it drives efficiency, drastically reduces costs,
improves fraud controls, and increases visibility into their cash flow
to optimize working capital.”
The full State of Accounts Payable Report also includes further
analysis providing finance professionals with an opportunity to
benchmark their team’s processes and compare perceptions of AP as a
whole. For a complimentary copy of the report, please visit MineralTree’s
MineralTree provides the easiest to use Accounts Payable (AP) and
Payment Automation solutions for finance professionals at middle market
enterprises. MineralTree streamlines AP, giving customers unparalleled
visibility and significant cost savings in an affordable, integrated
platform that is guaranteed secure. For more information, visit www.mineraltree.com.