This piece in CFO Dive is written by a senior at Capgemini, the global consulting, technology, and managed services firm. As we have pointed out consistently over the past several years in member research and various other forms of communication, the systems and processes supporting business cash cycles have been trending towards automation and convergence, which then opens up windows into other latest gen technology, thereby helping to optimize financial operations. The author discusses this dynamic in the posting.
‘Over the past few years, organizations have been moving away from traditional ways of working and a wanting to do a lot more with less and all the while improving business outcomes. Leveraging the right solution to make it easy for customer to buy and pay, collect money fast, seamlessly post cash, reduce exceptions across order-to-cash (O2C) and boost working capital is important now more than ever…
The next generation of O2C technology and platforms can deliver the extra innovation needed to gain advantage. Providers that deliver data orchestration, automated insights, predictive analytics, and simple self-service functionality for customers are driving enhanced O2C outcomes through incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) coupled with machine learning to power decision-making.’
There are various terms used to describe the processes and systems that form cash cycle management across organizations, which is key to effectively managing working capital. In this case, the author uses O2C (Order-to-Cash) which is the comprehensive term (although may or may not include sourcing suppliers) to include procurement through cash application, and potentially all things in between. Companies have been taking a closer look at how to visualize these as a continuous flow, including payables and receivables. The execution around automating these key financial operations then allows for more comprehensive uses of the accumulated data, resulting in greater effectiveness over time with improved AI capabilities.
‘The road to frictionless commerce starts with a fully integrated solution that makes it easy for your customers to buy and pay, makes interactions more valuable, and delivers results that you can’t get with a traditional model. Now is the time for your organization to be bold with its O2C vision and roadmap – augmenting your workforce with AI to “act now” instead of “react later.” Insights to enable smart decision-making, dependable results, and an AI-augmented workforce can help your organization to excel…
In the current climate in which cash is tight, AI can bring about better and faster decision-making by rapidly connecting dots that humans can’t see, and in a way that excels performance and outcomes.’
Overview by Steve Murphy, Director, Commercial and Enterprise Payments Advisory Service at Mercator Advisory Group