City College Plymouth making significant savings with V1's document management integrated into Microsoft Dynamics GP

City College Plymouth, one of the largest further education colleges in the UK, is achieving significant annual cost savings as a result of implementing V1’s document management and imaging systems. These systems, which are tightly integrated into the College’s Microsoft Dynamics GP accounting system, have also improved invoice processing efficiency and freed-up document storage space.

Andrew Fiderkiewicz, Head of Finance at City College Plymouth, says, “Historically our processes for handling and managing documents were manually intensive and inefficient. For instance, when we received supplier invoices, they were date stamped, batched and then manually entered into the accounting system. Invoices that did not match the original orders were physically sent to the relevant departments for their approval. Once the invoices were paid, they would be sorted and filed away in alphabetical order which was a tortuous, time-consuming process and also took up a significant amount of storage space.”

As the College is embarking on a rebuilding programme, storage space will be at a premium, so as well as improving efficiency, V1’s document management system has already freed-up vital document storage space.

Purchase invoices are now scanned-in using a Kodak scanner and the invoice information is automatically captured using optical character recognition (OCR) technology and verified against the Microsoft Dynamics GP finance system. The imaged invoices are then automatically stored in the electronic archive and linked with all corresponding documents to assist invoice matching. These, and other documents, are quickly and easily retrievable by drilling down through Microsoft Dynamics GP or by using V1’s web browser.

Andrew Fiderkiewicz comments, “We have gained three key benefits as a result of implementing V1’s software. Invoices can no longer get lost and management information is automatically produced from V1’s system highlighting where invoices are and how long they have been awaiting approval. In addition, creditor payments have also been speeded up reducing time consuming external queries.”

Fiderkiewicz adds, “By streamlining our financial processes, we have been able to improve customer service to our creditors as well as making internal savings of both time and space. V1’s software has also been rolled out to include internal processes such as the payment of staff travel and subsistence claims thus releasing further savings and we intend to consider other adaptations in the future.”

Published - 23rd May, 2011  |  Contact PR - pr@WeAreV1.com or call 01625 856 505

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"We have gained three key benefits as a result of implementing Version One’s software. Invoices can no longer get lost and management information is automatically produced from Version One’s system highlighting where invoices are and how long they have been awaiting approval. In addition, creditor payments have also been speeded up reducing time consuming external queries."

Andrew Fiderkiewicz, Head of Finance, City College Plymouth