Growing numbers lead to increasing wins
Since its adoption, Brainware has grown with Siemens, and its power has proven to be priceless for the company. Now receiving 3.5 million invoices from vendors worldwide, Brainware’s ability to quickly learn and accurately capture new invoices, as well as those in more than 20 different languages, has been crucial to maintaining and increasing process efficiency.
And, by leveraging its built-in intelligence, the company has been able to add and design processing rules that enable the software to extract over 50 data fields from each invoice.
“We have 51 data fields and more than 90% of them are extracted without manual intervention,” said Ninja Kobor, solution owner for OCR and verification software globally at Siemens. “I think that really speaks to the power of Brainware.”
It’s also boosted process automation across shared services. Barth noted an average automation increase of 30% — however, in some instances they’ve reached up to 80%.
That increase in automation is due largely to an integration between Brainware and SAP. Because each division of Siemens owns individual instances of the ERP system, they have successfully integrated Brainware with more than 50 instances of SAP. This not only ensures the automation of data extraction but also the validation of data and delivery of it to necessary systems.
“Integration is really a key element in terms of and in comparison to the provider solution we initially had in place,” said Carlos Vieira Caldeira, services manager for Brainware at Siemens. “We have a key advantage if you see it from an end-to-end perspective.”
Streamlines processes in shared services
As a result of implementing Brainware, the invoice processing team has gained efficiencies as well as insight into its processes. Leveraging the Visibility tool provided with Brainware, the team now sees dashboards and creates reports to understand how the process flows and where specific invoices are in it.
“The brain is in Brainware because everything you need to know about a particular process is integrated with the system,” Barth said.
AP is now able to process everything centrally and efficiently, and the team responsible for managing the solutions powering financial processing was able to act as shared resources as well. Because they manage less technology, all technical education and management for Brainware sits with a single team of experts. This allows them to even better respond to the needs of the business.
Expands globally across a variety of documents and processes
With their initial success, Siemens has already started to deploy similar solutions using Brainware across their global offices, adding new documents and processes along the way. And with integrations already in place for its SAP instances, it is easier than it would have been previously to deploy solutions for new processes involving those systems.
In AP, the team has started to expand its invoice processing solution to remote offices and processes in eastern Europe and has plans to expand to southwestern Europe as well as operations in the U.S.
“The initial plan was not to roll it out globally but to replace the fragmented solution in the German market and for the rest of the market to go with external providers that outsource OCR and verification,” Barth explained. “Then, we decided because of the great results in Germany to roll it out globally. And it is many times driven by our internal customers who request it after good experience with headquarters’ use.”
Although OCR can often be associated with simple data extraction, for Siemens, Brainware has become an intelligent platform. It learns and captures data from complex documents, validates it and integrates with
other systems all while providing insight into processes they simply never had before.
And Hyland became a perfect partner to help provide guidance and support along the way. “From our sales and customer management contact to our technical contact — everyone at Hyland has been professional in providing us with additional insight,” said Barth.