The map is a draft presentation of the different players in the automated electronic invoicing process in Austria. It is a wokring model, which will be updated in case of further identification of relevant environments. Everybody is welcome to add his/her comments to this article.
Service providers are playing a central role for the delivery of electronic invoices. As a first step the following services have been identified:
- Certification Authority is responsible for issuing certificates based on the different requirements of the organisations or governments.
- Additional services, which depend upon the market requirements, are available from different Service Providers (e.g. Archiving Service).
- Infrastructure (Addressing and Routing Service), which takes care of the actual routing of the different invoices.
First of all, the organisation has to open its closed IT environment, in order to receive electronic-invoices. The signature of these invoices need to be validated and delivered to the ERP-System. The mapping layer is required for mapping the business documents from defined standards (e.g. ebInterface) to the standard that is readable by the ERP system.
Apart from the ERP system, a specific archiving system is required, which follows the tax and legal requirements.
Furthermore, electronic invoices are not only about delivering invoices, but also about changing the workflow of handling business documents.