Wigan Council Selects UNIT4 Accounts Payable Solution, Powered by Intelligent Capture to Drive Process Efficiency & Cost Reduction

PROACTIS, a global Spend Control and eProcurement solution provider, today announced that Wigan Council has purchased Invoice4, the automated Accounts Payable solution from UNIT4, powered by Intelligent Capture, the recently acquired PROACTIS Group company. Wigan Council selected the solution to meet the objectives of driving greater process efficiency and cost reduction within the Accounts Payable and Purchase-to-Pay processes.
The Invoice4 solution will enable the council to scan incoming paper invoices and automatically import invoices that are received by email, once imported the solution will use intelligent data capture technologies to extract key information and identify invoice exceptions at the earliest opportunity. By adopting Invoice4, purchase invoices will be received into the UNIT4 ERP solution faster, with less effort and greater accuracy. It will also provide easy and rapid access to the electronic images held in the council’s existing UNIT4 ERP solution and deliver a structured process for managing highlighted exceptions.
“We have been looking at what further improvements could be made to the Accounts Payable and Purchase-to-Pay processes, with a key objective being to make the processes more efficient,” said Richard Gibson, Strategic Finance Manager for Financial Transactions and Systems at Wigan Council. “As a UNIT4 customer, we explored a number of options, but found that the Invoice4 solution addressed all of our key requirements. We needed something that would seamlessly integrate and provide us with a scalable platform, addressing our key current requirements but also providing us with peace of mind that the solution will match our future needs. It was also refreshing to see that Intelligent Capture and UNIT4 had developed a strong strategic partnership, delivering a solution designed specifically to address UNIT4 customers’ needs.”
Invoice4 is a UNIT4 solution, powered by strategic partner Intelligent Capture, a PROACTIS Group company. The long-term partnership has seen both organisations work closely to design and develop seamlessly integrated, modular solutions and services aimed specifically at UNIT4 customers for Accounts Payable, Purchase-to-Pay and wider processes.
“Wigan Council, like many organisations, is looking to drive process efficiency and cost reductions,” commented Helen Sutton, Sales and Marketing Director for the UK and Ireland at UNIT4. “Invoice4 clearly delivers against these objectives and we are increasingly being approached by customers looking to take advantage of this.”
“We are delighted that Wigan Council has decided to adopt Invoice4,” commented Ilija Ugrinic, Commercial Director at Intelligent Capture. “The solution is the culmination of a strong partnership with UNIT4 and listening to what UNIT4 customers want and need, we look forward to seeing Wigan benefit in terms of improved efficiency and reduced costs.”
As the solution is modular, the council has the option to generate further efficiencies, for example it could look to receipt invoices in other formats like XML and scan other types of documents aside from invoices, both within Finance and other departments. 
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