FUSION 2012 Focuses on Financial Operations Professionals

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For many ERP Software Blog contributors and readers, the Microsoft Convergence conference is the essential industry conference for expanding networks, learning from industry experts, and meeting potential vendors and customers. As I have shared in the past, the Metafile team finds great value in taking an active role at Convergence, but our calendar also includes a few other “can’t miss” events that help us stay connected to the industry.

Most recently, the Metafile team spent a week earlier this month in Nashville at FUSION 2012, the largest conference for professionals in accounts payable, accounts receivable, document management and procure-to-pay. This year, our team presented several sessions to FUSION attendees:

  • Best Practices for Managing Documents and Workflow Automation: Metafile’s Regional Sales Manager Doug Bertram shared how organizations can integrate a document management system into existing business applications like Microsoft Dynamics in order to reduce operating costs, while simultaneously increasing cash flow and productivity.
  • Pitch the Paper Clips and Move to Paperless ERP: Regional Sales Manager Doug Bertram discussed how Metafile’s MetaViewer Paperless ERP solution goes beyond the electronic file cabinet to offer paperless invoice and order capture with OCR, automated workflow, real-time visibility and Microsoft Dynamics integration.
  • Vendor Tours: This year, Metafile participated in two vendor tours on the show floor, titled “A Futuristic Look at Document Management Operations” and “Emerging Technology in AP.” These round-robin sessions provided attendees with an opportunity to hear from many experienced vendors and interact on the show floor to learn what technology is a best fit for their organizations.

As we know from working with customers implementing Microsoft Dynamics, financial operations professionals have their own set of issues that are top of mind when considering new technology. In a recent article, Diane Sears from Financial Operations Matters took a detailed look at why AP/AR technology needs to go beyond merely removing paper and provide strategic value in areas such as workflow, tracking payment status and invoice reconciliation. A few key considerations that Sears identifies include:

  • Cloud computing and its impact on how AP/AR solutions are delivered and utilized.
  • Mobile technology and how changing habits in the workplace could impact the accounting process.
  • The increasing prevelance of enterprise content management and it’s place in financial operations departments.

I encourage you to keep these considerations in mind when looking at integrating new technology with your Microsoft Dynamics solution. Also, I recommend reading the full article, “Get Your Head in the Tech Game,” which provides additional great insights on what is top of mind for financial operations professionals today. As always, feel free to leave questions in the comments section!

-Nick Sprau, Metafile Information Systems.


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