Interesting announcement yesterday about a partnership between e-invoicing specialist OB10 and forms processing leader ReadSoft. On the surface, you would think that OB10 would be the competition, as their charter is to reduce the number of paper invoices a vendor is dealing with. By all accounts, they handle this transition pretty well through the creation of what they call “vendor networks.” Basically, they attempt to convert the print stream of any invoice output system into an e-invoice that can be integrated with the accounting systems of their vendor customers. Once you become part of their network, and they get used to working with your data streams, the challenge becomes easier.
According to Bob Fresneda, the president of ReadSoft North America, with whom OB10 has formed the partnership, there are still exception processing workflows that need to be executed for e-invoices, and this is where the ReadSoft partnership comes in. Over the past few years, ReadSoft has emerged as a leading vendor of not only automated data capture for invoices, but through a couple of acquisitions, workflow for invoices inside ERP systems from SAP and Oracle. With the OB10 relationship, ReadSoft is evolving further from its origins as a data capture vendor and moving more deeply into the BPM space. This gives brings the company into an additional, but related market, which is typically the most economical way to expand. Look for more BPM-related expansion from ReadSoft in the future.