20% of Operators Globally Now Connected to the Basware Open Network

Oct 27, 2010, 09:00 ET from Basware Corporation

GUILDFORD, England, October 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Basware, the leading provider of purchase-to-pay solutions, has further expanded its Open Network for e-invoice and purchase message transaction by passing the significant milestone of 100 partners across the globe. New partners include First Businesspost in Germany, Unified Post in the Netherlands as well as Inovis, part of the world's largest e-commerce company GXS, in the UK and the US. The Basware Open Network, which connects buyers and suppliers by forming interoperability agreements with local and global e-invoicing partners, has to date supported over nine million global transactions in 2010.

The Basware Open Network's support of multiple data formats ensures that any supplier, buyer or third-party vendor can join, irrespective of whether proprietary technologies are in place or not. This uniquely open model addresses the pitfalls associated with other highly fragmented industry offerings, where every buyer uses a different standard and data format - and where even a modestly sized business cannot hope to meet the requirements of every one of their customers.

Through the Basware Open Network, e-invoices and purchase messages can flow smoothly from any supplier to any buyer via any provider of e-invoicing services - all via a hub designed specifically to overcome this fragmentation issue. Interoperability agreements now exist between Basware and over 100 of the 500 operators, with many more scheduled to be added throughout the rest of 2010 and 2011. The closed model offered by other e-invoicing vendors exacerbates the fragmented landscape and fails to deliver any real value. Instead, it exposes locked-in companies to arbitrary and enforced price increases.

"The key to realising the full benefits of e-invoicing is the ability for organisations to transact globally with ease and efficiency. Buyer and supplier organisations need to choose their e-invoicing network provider carefully, as traditional e-invoicing network models have focused on enforcing connections within their own closed networks, often optimised only for specific regions or industries and often supporting only proprietary document formats," said John Webster, VP Global Product Marketing at Basware. "To combat this, and also mitigate the risk of significant fee increases, Basware enables suppliers to connect to the Basware Open Network either directly or via existing local operators. The Open Network automatically processes e-invoices to the buying organisation regardless of their own operator, location or document format standards."

"Our Open Network is truly global, and we now have over 100 out of 500 operators connected from around the world. It is truly interoperable - all of those operators have worked with us to ensure that their own networks can share data smoothly with ours. By supporting over 50 data formats, we ensure that buyers and suppliers have as much flexibility as they need," said Esa Tihila, SVP of Connectivity Services at Basware. "Our unique approach is transforming what is a highly fragmented global industry by removing the final barriers to a global supply base adoption of e-invoicing - the key enabler for large organisations looking to reap the benefits of e-invoicing. Through our Open Network, suppliers and buyers can co-exist in harmony and no longer have to navigate their way around a multitude of closed networks and standards."

For more information on Basware e-invoicing solutions, visit http://www.basware.com.

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Basware is the global leader in purchase-to-pay solutions with more than 1,500 customers and 1,000,000 users in over 50 countries around the world. With Basware, organisations can reduce the cost of buying and paying for goods and services and gain visibility and control of their entire spending process by automating manual processes, from sourcing, contract management, purchasing and supplier collaboration to invoice automation. Basware solutions and services enable substantial cost reductions across businesses and deliver value by providing compliance and control, as well as fast return on investment. The solutions are distributed and implemented, either on site or as a service, in Europe, the US, and Asia-Pacific through an extensive network of Basware offices and business partners. http://www.basware.com

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