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Cloud Purchasing Cuts Insurance Operational Costs

Procure-to-pay services have been around for about two decades now. Its concept lies in the very fact that some services can be outsourced. Not necessarily to other people but to companies that offer software as a service. Some offer one time payments for unlimited use while others require payment on a monthly or annual basis depending on the package you purchase. This method is also loosely described as purchasing in the cloud.

Any business can turn the otherwise costly and time consuming method of providing equipment, machinery and office supplies necessary for operation to an easy and hassle free one. The long established procurement model includes activities like product and supplier research, price bargaining and the ordering itself. Procurement is an ongoing and never-ending process. Even after reception of purchased goods, the process of procurement also requires searching for new ways and innovative options where the company can save and cut costs, money which can be strategically allocated in other aspects of the business.

We’ve all had decades of wearisome procurement with endless forms, PO’s, approvals, and denials before purchase-to-pay software was conceived. Looking at a more concrete example, insurance companies, with their tons of paperwork and other various office supplies, can easily take advantage of the full range of benefits from purchase-to-pay software. Every form, every brochure they need for marketing, every pen they provide for filling out paperwork, logbooks necessary for keeping records, and all other items they need to operate their office are all available at the touch of button with the use of purchase-to-pay software.

Purchase-to-pay software offers easy communication with suppliers but that’s not the end of it. Automation of orders makes ordering items and supplies a breeze. Hundreds of readily available and active contacts are listed and provided for without difficulty. Supplier stock count is provided in real time. But that isn’t all because purchasing isn’t the only feature of purchase-to-pay software. Transaction monitoring helps reduce costs by avoiding unnecessary purchases and allowing easy communication with suppliers. Figures for all orders and transactions are presented easily with built-in reporting features. You don’t even need someone who specializes in IT to use because the you can get this Software as a Service in the cloud with a user-friendly interface and operation process.

Other benefits to the insurance business include reducing personnel and equipment costs to a minimum. Additional IT personnel are not a necessity by purchasing in the cloud. The vendor you select will be responsible for the maintenance and updates of your software so you can focus on your business. Resources for database equipment and space can be allotted to other aspects of the business that needs more financial backing. This is very beneficial for anyone in the insurance industry that want to optimize their resources well.

The legacy of purchase-to-pay software is automating the procurement process and minimizing workforce for the same output and an even more efficient one at that. Consider purchasing procure-to-pay software in the cloud.

April 5, 2012
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