Chris Rauen

Chris Rauen

About Chris Rauen

In his role at SAP Ariba, Chris Rauen educates procurement, finance, and shared services professionals on the business value of accounts payable automation, procure-to-pay transformation, and collaboration via business networks. Chris has addressed these topics at finance and shared services conferences, in articles for trade and business publications, and in blogs for online communities. Chris has more than 15 years of experience in e-payables, and holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Business Payments In A Digital Economy: It’s About Timing

21-Sep-2017 | Chris Rauen

“When will I get paid?” For me, the answer to that question is generally “in the middle and end of the month.” For many suppliers, though, the payment date remains a mystery. When they call

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The New World Of Accounts Payable: When Invoices Process Themselves

7-Sep-2017 | Chris Rauen

Who would have thought that processing an invoice could be more challenging than building a house? Well, that might be a stretch, but 3D printing in construction has simplified the home-building pr

And The Invoice Goes To? Get This Right To Optimize Your Working Capital

13-Jul-2017 | Chris Rauen

Much has been written about the errors made at this year’s Academy Awards and before that, the 2015 Miss Universe Awards. Behind the scenes, in accounts payable, errors and exceptions are a way of

horse race

Cloud Computing Breakthroughs: From The Preakness To Payables

8-Jun-2017 | Chris Rauen

When a horse named Cloud Computing won this year’s Preakness Stakes, it created a groundswell of Twitter posts from technology executives. The upshot: cloud computing has arrived. Now, that’s n

It’s Time To Start A Treasury Hunt

24-May-2017 | Chris Rauen

Today, many large organizations have growing cash balances, but don’t earn much on that cash.  At the same time, many small to midsize companies with which they do business have the opposite proble

The Neglected Metric In Corporate Finance

27-Jul-2016 | Chris Rauen

In a recent Shared Services Link webinar, Deliver Savings and Increase Profits: Top Working Capital Management Strategies, attendees identified their top KPIs relating to working capital management. A

Is It Just My CFO’s Imagination, Or Can Invoices Process Themselves?

13-May-2016 | Chris Rauen

In your mind, is the ability to pay an invoice without having someone grab, sort, route, validate, match, code, fix, and approve what is submitted on paper nothing but pure magic? Then it’s time

Getting Your Payables House In Order: The Recap

14-Dec-2015 | Chris Rauen

Eighth of 8 blogs in the series. Read previous blog. In this series, we’ve provided guidance on how you can transform your accounts payable operations for business advantage. Whether your projec

Getting Your Payables House In Order: The Remodel – Part 2

9-Nov-2015 | Chris Rauen

Fifth of 8 blogs in the series. Read previous post. Imagine tackling a home improvement project without fixing a faulty heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The design and stru

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Getting Your Payables House In Order: The Remodel – Part 1

2-Nov-2015 | Chris Rauen

Fourth of 8 in the series. Read previous blog. OK, so you’ve centralized receipt of invoices and started to scan paper invoices. Is that all there is to an accounts payable remodel? Not if t