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UBL Invoicing, Today’s Business is Digital
an EDI standard was developed in 1960.
Then the realization came that increased efficiency of administrative
tasks can be achieved using a single standard. That’s when the EDI
standard was born – a uniform language that, for the first time in the history of office automation, exchanged between different computer systems.
EDI stands for Electronic Data Interchange and is still used today in various applications. In the Netherlands, we use it mainly in the food industry and related logistics companies. Given the current interest in office automation, a vibrant digital communications industry has arised around this topic over the past few years.
In line with the EDI standard development, John Bosak of OASIS invented the first version of UB as we know it back in 2001. This first UBL XML was released in 2004 and showed similarities to the previous EDI standard. An important difference was that the UBL standard is free to use.
UBL and standardization development
In 2006, the results of progressing insights led to the basis of what we know today as UBL 2.0. Of course there have been several additions since, and changes will continue to happen as market demands keep changing, managed by OASIS.
OASIS itself is a non-profit organization and specialized in the development of open standards. The bill for development and their housing is paid by their members, such as IBM, Microsoft, etc. More on OASIS and specifically the UBL standard can be found on the OASIS website. A standard like that is a wonderful thing of course, but it’s only worth something if it helps the user! This OASIS website does not help with this directly, although a technically-minded person can find relevant information here.
UBL acceptance and status quo
EasyData automates any invoice reading process, even outside the scope of UBL, for example for systems that cannot create their own UBL. At the same time, EasyData is not the only company on the market in this area. The number of developments with different approaches is growing, and some of them use our technologies as well.
We are always open to partnership.
You can get Cloud applications with our digital transformation platform for evaluation purposes and installed on premises too. It’s all about your needs based on your requirements. And it hasn’t to be invoice UBL reading or UBL invoice printing always. The exchange of UBL format is much wider than just invoices, there is no need to be limited to just invoicing information. Or generally speaking the UBL Schema, flexible as we are any XML schema can be inplemented. Think of automatic XML generation of orders for instance, or standardization of quote information. The possibilities are endless and will lead to a reduction of administrative burdens!
Because of the overview, we limit ourselves to the popular UBL invoicing solution. Although we do have the technology to convert any type of document to XML and able to convert any XML to the UBL standard. Try UBL invoicing today!
Does this mean the eventual end of traditional OCR invoice recognition?
But it will still be a while…
UBL Nuances in practice
So the government’s invoicing requirements can be met simply by submitting a UBL. In this case, the e-invoice format will be converted by the platform used. This is a new phenomenon in modern electronic invoicing, where whoever sends e-invoices autonomously ends up with different providers.
One such initiative is the PEPPOL network, with large companies at the forefront. They see the advantage of such a platform in reducing administrative costs,for example electronic invoicing saves money and does not allow for errors in the interpretation of invoices. As such, more and more organizations are seeing the benefits of electronic invoicing through PEPPOL. And you, too, can take advantage of the extensive capabilities of PEPPOL.
The main idea of ZUGFeRD is that everyone should be able to exchange electronic invoices without prior
consultation or approval. The ZUGFeRD data format for e-invoices is available free of charge.
EasyData can help you solve your UK account problems.