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EProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Elizabeth Palian, Senior Systems Support Analyst Scott Brechtel, Purchasing Manager Jerri Painter, AP Supervisor.

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1 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Elizabeth Palian, Senior Systems Support Analyst Scott Brechtel, Purchasing Manager Jerri Painter, AP Supervisor UNC Charlotte

2 Session Etiquette Please turn off all cell phones. Please keep side conversations to a minimum. If you must leave during the presentation, please do so as quietly as possible. 2

3 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Introduction to 49er Mart Elizabeth Palian 49er Mart System Administrator Business Systems Analyst Financial Data Administration 3

4 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Projected enrollment of 35,000 by 2020 Record high of 26,234 students enrolled this Fall. 19 PhD programs, 3,000 Faculty & Staff Fiscal Year July 2011-June 2012 Average Monthly Spend = $5,516,266 Highest Single Month Spend = $12,315,091 27,224 POs 35,055 Invoices 10,282 Electronic Invoices (30%) (Current FY = 33%) 4

5 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Procurement TO Payment Process and Platform Objectives Reduce Cycle Time Eliminate Paper Electronic visibility into supplier catalogs. Electronic Approval Workflow Controls for Policies Direct Spend Cost Savings Consistent practices and processes across departments. Capturing, Reporting, and Analyzing Spend Data and Behaviors Identify process improvement opportunities. Ease of implementation of process changes. 5

6 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Timeline of the Selection and Implementation of the Procurement Solution November 2009 The UNC General Administration selected SciQuest as it’s preferred system wide (16 university campuses) eProcurement solution. February 2010 UNC Charlotte announced plans to implement the SciQuest eProcurement solution. 9 member implementation team announced. July er Mart Go-Live began with select departments. December 2010 Entire campus completes transition to 49er Mart for procurement needs. January 2011 Go-Live for Accounts Payable. 6

7 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Where We Are Now 70% of PRs complete the Approval Workflow Process and transmit POs to Suppliers in less than 1 day. Another 20% within 2 days. 8% within 6 days. Suppliers as of August Hosted Catalogs 18 Punch-Out Suppliers 4,000+ Non-Catalog Suppliers Receiving cXML invoices from 14 Suppliers. Transmitting cXML POs to 17 Suppliers. On-going supplier enablements. Spend Analysis Aggregating Spend Contract Compliance On-going enhancements in responses to experiences, environmental changes and new opportunities. SciQuest Upgrades 3 times a year. 7

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9 Campus Users User access is configurable. All active, full time employees and university temporary employees have access to 49er Mart. User Id activation and profile data updates are automatic through integration points with the ERP. User profile data controls user Accounting Code access. Security access is maintained in the ERP. As of Feburary ,224 Users 478 Approvers Average 748 Unique Users per Month FYTD 9

10 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Training Methods, User Resources and Interaction Moodle on-line Training/ Reference On-Line Manual within the application Organization Message on the home/shop screen. User s (49er Mart Smart / 49er Mart Alert) Monthly User Forums FAQs IT Service Desk Periodic Support Forums that include: Purchasing, Accounts Payable; Travel & Complex Payments; and others related to topics of discussion (example: Fixed Assets). Implementation training methods included: –Focus GroupsSuper-User TrainingVideos –Classroom hands-on trainingClassroom Assistance 10

11 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Shopping Processes Scott Brechtel Senior Purchasing Agent Purchasing Department Member of the 49er Mart Implementation Team 11

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13 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Creating a Shopping Cart Multiple resources in SciQuest assist campus users in placing orders. Hosted CatalogsPunch-out Catalogs Non-catalog ordersCustomized Forms One shopping cart can be built to order all items a user needs in a single session. Multiple suppliers’ items can be ordered at the same time and the system will generate separate PO’s to each. 13

14 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Shoppers build carts through the addition of items either entered as non-catalog or built through one of the available catalogs. Showcased suppliers display UNC Charlotte’s Hosted catalogs. Punch-out catalogs are grouped below the showcased suppliers. Customization options for the catalog layouts continue to be added. 14

15 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Hosted catalogs are a database of all the items contained in the contract with that supplier. Price file is maintained by the vendor and then updated on a regular schedule. Every new price file must be approved by the institution before it becomes active on the site. Pricing and other details are verified. Consistent and uniform look. “Shop at the top” will search all hosted catalogs. Simply select items and add them to the shopping cart. 15

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17 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Punch-out Catalogs Punch-out catalogs direct the user to the suppliers customized external website. The look varies from supplier to supplier. Pricing will be the contracted pricing secured by the institution. 17

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19 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Non-Catalog Items Users are still able to order from any vendor. Item numbers, descriptions, and prices will be entered directly by the user. 19

20 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Specialized Forms Specialized forms can be utilized for specific purchases. Customizable. Limitless number of form types. Example is UNC Charlotte’s Change Request Form. Forms address specific institutional needs. Can control processes. Workflow specific processing Forms can have their own workflow within the master workflow based upon the type of form. 20

21 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education UNC Charlotte Change Request Form 21

22 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Requisition Workflow After the addition of all items is complete the user will enter the rest of the required requisition data. Shipping Accounting Codes Notes Attachments Once complete, the user places the requisition into workflow for approval. 22

23 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Approval Workflow Approval workflow is determined by the institution. Configurable to any standards and requirements that must be enforced. Examples of Approval Step triggers: Accounting CodesDollar Values Forms (and fields on forms)Line item flags (ie. Hazmat) At UNC Charlotte, all requests must have at least one approver. A user cannot approve his own request. 23

24 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education eProcure to ePayables Workflow Process Once all workflow approvals are complete the PO is generated and communicated to the ERP system at UNC Charlotte, Banner. The ERP system returns a UNC Charlotte PO number to 49er Mart 49er Mart distributes the PO to the supplier. System can distribute via CXML; fax; . 24

25 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Receipt Process End users must enter a receipt document onto the system as proof of receiving the goods or services. Partial receipts are possible and users enter information only for the actual items that have arrived. Simple process to revise quantities for items not received in full and complete the document. Receiving is one component of the three-way match required at UNC Charlotte. Missing receipt information will prevent invoice payment. 25

26 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education 3- Way Match Vendors invoice for the goods/services. The system checks for a three-way match between the PO, Receiving, and the Invoice. 26

27 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Accounts Payable Jerri Painter Accounts Payable Supervisor Member of the 49er Mart Implementation Team 27

28 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Accounts Payable Accounts Payable is divided into two areas. Invoice Processing Purchase order payments – 49er Mart Capital Payments –functionality has been added to facilitate these in 49er Mart, that transition is under development. Student Accounts The Library Payments Payroll invoices Travel and Complex Payments processes (Non-PO Payments) Payments to individuals (non-incorporated) require tax considerations and are currently processed outside of 49er Mart. 28

29 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education ePayables Has Improved Efficiencies FY2010 – Accounts Payable touched all invoices. FY2011 – 3,968 were not touched. (Settlement was live for 5 months.) FY2012 – 10,342 invoices were not touched. Meeting the 5-7 day turn-around goal. 29

30 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Invoice Workflow, Invoice Tolerances, and Matching are Configurable Workflow Customized steps and rules can be applied to the invoice workflow. Completed and transmitted to the ERP for payment or routed to the Shared Exception (unmatched) Folder. Invoice Tolerance options are applied at the line item level. UNC Charlotte tolerance settings include: unit and extended prices must be no more than the lesser of 10% or $50.00 more than the PO price. Additional S&H charges are allowed up to $ Matching UNC Charlotte requires 3 way matching (PO, Receipt & Invoice). 30

31 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Electronic Invoices Invoices are currently received electronically from 14 vendors. These vendors were selected as our highest invoice volume vendors. These invoices flow directly into 49er Mart, link to the associated PO and begin the invoice workflow process. If there are no problems with this invoice and it meets all of the workflow criteria, it will integrate directly to the ERP without any AP staff member intervention. 31

32 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Flipping POs into Invoices To enter an invoice we simply flip the purchase order into an invoice. This populates the PO fields and leaves only a few fields (Supplier Invoice No., any discounts…) to be completed. 32

33 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Completing the PO Flip Select the line items to process for payment for this invoice. 33

34 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Automated Notifications Improve User Receiving Compliance Notification that an invoice requires a receipt. Reminder that their order currently has one or more unmatched invoices because of missing receipts. Options to: begin sending daily reminder s after x days; stop sending receipt reminder s after y days. 34

35 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education We have created Exception Folders in the AP workflow. The folders are designed to catch problems with invoices after they are processed but before going to the ERP system. 35

36 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Exception Folder Item Detail Unmatched items are easily identifiable with highlights and details. 36

37 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Comment Section The invoices will stay in the exception folders until all issues are resolved. This allows us to keep all unmatched invoices in one central area. 37

38 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Invoice Error Queue Integrating a matched and approved invoice to the ERP is an automatic process (this is configurable) and may result in transmission errors. Examples of transmission errors: PO Closed; Line item Closed; duplicate invoice #. These errors are returned from the ERP and require research and changes to the invoice or possibly the PO in one or both of the systems before resending the invoice. Invoice integration errors also sometimes require escalation to SciQuest or ERP support. University Incident logs were created as a useful tool for tracking errors and recording resolutions. 38

39 eProcurement and ePayables in Higher Education Collaboration Improving processes requires the cooperation, communication and creativity of the people that are most directly involved, impacted and knowledgeable. Campus Users Purchasing Accounts Payable System Administration Campus IT Application Support – SciQuest and ellucian Supplier IT and Account Contacts Campus Decision Makers 39


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