Some of the greatest technological advancements in business have been made in the procure-to-pay processes, not only in automation, but also in connectivity between the supplier and the purchaser. As with all areas, when technology steps in and automates the processes, the steps required to perform the automation are swept away, where they linger, still the backbone for the process but lost to common knowledge. I have seen this repeated over and over throughout the years. As automation takes over, the steps, required to perform the task, are buried under a blanket of automation. In order to understand the automation, users must first understand the steps involved.
This lost knowledge became the premise for this book, identifying and outlining the manual tasks that automation is built on. This book, the Oracle Procure-to-Pay Guide, is designed to walk functional users and techies alike through the setup and processing steps to create an integrated and automated procure-to-pay system. Both new and old functionality is covered in detail, with field-by-field explanations and references back to the controlling setups. While functional users were my main focus when writing the book, support analysts and programmers will also greatly benefit from it. The setups are usually done by consultants, who then walk out the door with all the knowledge, and this book will assist in delivering some of that knowledge back to the company itself, and just may help you avoid creating a customization or two for a functionality that already exists, just begging to be found and used.