Top 6 Reasons to Automate Source to Pay for Public Sector

Source to Pay (S2P)
by Steve Carter

The Public Sector is gearing for greater fiscal spending under the new Trump Administration. Along with expected tax cuts, there could be severely strained budgets. Public Procurement and Finance officials are keen to curb wasteful spending and automate processes to shorten cycle times, increase efficiency and transparency.

Public procurement officials at the Federal, State and City level rely on suppliers to provide portions of their services to secure facilities, find and provide talent, and supply needed goods. Many suppliers and their staff have access to internal systems which may contain critical and confidential information about citizens and national security.

Public organizations and public agencies are required to meet higher governance standards by complying with federal directives and operational mandates. They must adhere to policies and regulations while effectively managing risks. The public sector is obligated by law to have a procurement process that is open to its diverse citizens, is digital or e-enabled, enables budgetary restraint, and is fully auditable, accountable and accessible to people with disabilities.

In the current climate of political uncertainty, expected increases in fiscal spending, and lower tax revenues, public service agencies need to focus on curbing wasteful spending or face major budget deficits in the future. Successful sourcing events are a critical first step in achieving cost savings. Automating and managing those sourcing events helps you achieve significant process efficiencies and ultimately significant cost savings.

The successful automation of source-to-pay processes can help the public sector to reduce costs, achieve regulatory compliance, enhance performance, and surpass strategic initiatives.

A comprehensive and easy to use source-to-pay tool set makes it easier for the public sector to achieve strategic objectives:

  1. Reduce costs
  2. Improve control
  3. Increase efficiency
  4. Lower risk
  5. Accelerate innovation
  6. Enable growth

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Steve Carter

Senior Product Marketing Manager

For almost 30 years, Steve has worked as a Senior Product owner and Business Director in organizations selling procurement, Accounts Payable and Billing solutions into the Public and Private sectors. This involved designing and delivering products that support the Source to Pay and Order to Cash journeys for both Buyers and Suppliers. Steve’s last role was in the Crown Commercial Service working with Government Digital Services (GDS) to design the next generation of Public Sector cloud catalogue and marketplaces. This covered specifying market requirements, service design, end-to-end market engagement and sitting on the UK P2P central government working group. 

Over the years Steve has been involved in a vast number of invoice automation and billing projects and has seen technology come and go; from early OCR to the establishment of the e-Invoicing Networks, to new Self-service capabilities. When this is coupled with his all round knowledge of the systems and the processes used within procurement, Steve has a unique perspective on how we should be transforming procurement and more specifically Invoice to Pay in today’s Digital age. Outside of working life, he is a published author and 17th Century historian.

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