Is your Country a Digitization Hero or Laggard?

The European Commission made clear that the European Multi Stakeholder Forum should monitor the uptake of e-invoicing for the next few years.  A great help for the forum is the Digital Agenda Scoreboard, as it contain invaluable data from the past years, building a great time-based context.

So let’s take a look at how your own country and your fellow EU Member States score on e-invoicing and e-invoicing related processes in 2010. You can play around yourselves to discover and compare what happened  in 2008 and 2009.

EDI for purchase orders

The ‘automatic exchange of business documents’ indicator refers to sending/receiving orders to/from suppliers/customers in an agreed standard format (as EDIFACT, XML, etc) which allows their automatic processing without the individual message being manually typed.

Heroes: Italy, Norway, Luxemburg
Laggards: Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Cyprus

Advanced e-invoicing

The ‘Sending or receiving of e-invoices’ indicator refers to sending/receiving invoices in an agreed standard format (as EDIFACT, XML, etc) which allows their automatic processing, without the individual message being manually typed.

Heroes: Italy, Lithuania, Norway
Laggards: Slovenia, Cyprus, Hungary

E-procurement

The ‘use of e-procument services’ indicator refers to tender proposals that have to be submitted in an e-procurement system itself and not by email.

Heroes: Ireland, Lithuania, Norway
Laggards: Slovak Republic, Turkey, Cyprus

Supply chain

Finally, the ‘electronic supply chain management’ indicator refers to sending/receiving all type of information on the supply chain (e.g. inventory levels, production plans, forecasts, progress of delivery) via computer networks or websites, but excluding manually typed e-mail messages.

Heroes: Croatia, Portugal, Belgium
Laggards: Iceland, United Kingdom, Netherlands (ouch)

The differences in adoption rates between process and between countries explain the fragmentation in e-invoicing and e-invoicing adoption. We can only hope that the EU E-invoicing Forum can create results benefitting all countries and stakeholders.


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