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No business process is too mundane to not have a complicated, inefficient and time-consuming set of steps behind it.
An inefficient virus kills its host. A clever virus stays with it just to immobilize it. Wonder how clever your expense processing is?
You can succeed at a manual expense approval process as long as you have vision, determination and an endless supply of expendable labor.
Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things. Your expense reporting process is decidedly neither.
When you earnestly believe that you can compensate for a lack of efficiency by doubling your efforts, there's no end to what you can't do.
We can automate our invoice processing or, with a little creativity, we can fold them to send around for approval more quickly.
Meet your new AP staff. With enough brute force, we can make any manual process appear marginally functional.
Here's a pretty picture for your AP Supervisor to look at instead of focusing on the piles of invoices, expense reports and receipts in your department. Feeling better?
We need either automated expense compliance controls for all or a more uniform, standardized set of cheating guidelines.
You can fool some of the people all of the time if you just claim enough arbitrary expenses unable to be caught in a manual process.
Tight, automated and auditable controls are one way to protect a company's finances and public reputation. Another is Bernie in Accounting. Which do you use?
Some choices are between improved speed or increased accuracy. Your current expense process has eliminated this struggle by offering neither.