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PairSoft • July 9, 2021
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Bonita Springs Utilities, Inc. is a member-owned cooperative providing water and wastewater services to more than 30,000 customers throughout the picturesque Gulf Coast town of Bonita Springs, Florida.
Bonita Springs Utilities’ success story started with a challenge. The organization’s 130 employees work from four separate locations. Without centralized electronic requisition processing, all purchase requests landed on the desk of the organization’s purchasing agent who would then need to verify budget compliance and route requests to the appropriate approvers. It was a time-consuming, inefficient process that lacked the controls the organization needed to ensure accuracy, visibility, and compliance.
Key requirements for the procurement automation solution included a robust requisition approval workﬂow engine that would allow the organization to vary the approval workﬂow based on the amount of purchase or department.
In addition, Bonita Springs Utilities utilizes Microsoft Dynamics GP as its accounting and ﬁnancial application and sought procurement management and automation solution that offered integration to minimize duplicate data entry, enforce budget limits, and to ensure accurate encumbrance and accrual accounting.
PairSoft provides the strategic functionality Bonita Springs Utilities needs, serving as its complete procurement management solution. The solution provides seamless integration to the utilities’ accounting application, Microsoft Dynamics GP, and delivers ﬂexible and robust approval routings that match the organization’s unique workﬂows.
The organization reviewed several procurement management applications before selecting PairSoft. “All of our staff preferred PairSoft,” recalls Jeff Neuenshwander, Business Analyst III and PairSoft Administrator with Bonita Springs Utilities. “It has an intuitive interface that makes it easy to learn and use.”
A majority of Bonita Springs Utilities’ 130 employees use PairSoft to speed and simplify the entire procure-to-pay cycle. “We’re using it to establish and maintain our procurement workﬂows and gain the necessary visibility and controls into the procurement cycle,” says Neuenshwander. “PairSoft has become an integral tool that helps us manage our procurement process.”
Previously, the organization’s purchasing manager was responsible for obtaining approvals and ensuring budget compliance for every requisition. With PairSoft, approval routings and budget enforcement are automated, eliminating manual tasks and saving a tremendous amount of time. “Our purchasing agent is now able to spend time on more strategic tasks such as negotiating better pricing,” says Neuenshwander.
Now, requisition requests follow the approval routing Bonita Springs Utilities has established in PairSoft, which can vary by department, cost, or expense category, for example. Once each reviewer in the workﬂow has given their approval, the utility’s purchase manager gives the ﬁnal approval and the requisition is converted into a purchase order in Dynamics GP. The seamless integration with Dynamics GP is a real beneﬁt to the organization. “We can create requisitions in PairSoft using inventory item numbers, cost information, and our preferred vendors from GP. That’s a huge time saver, and also ensures staff is buying the right parts from the right vendors.”
The integration also ensures Bonita Springs Utilities has better control over its budget and visibility into encumbrances. “We continually monitor encumbrances to keep overall budgeting on track,” Neuenshwander notes. “As users create requisitions in PairSoft, the software checks the budget ﬁgures in Dynamics GP and warns or prevents users from continuing. And open requisitions are counted when we run encumbrance reports giving us true visibility into the purchasing cycle.”
The utility company is also beneﬁting from Punchout capabilities within PairSoft procurement solution to efficiently shop with key vendors, including Amazon and Grainger. “With Punchout, we can shop the vendor’s websites normally, and during check out, PairSoft creates a requisition that then enters the normal approval routing workﬂow,” explains Neuenshwander. “It’s very convenient, and we’re sure our staff is shopping with approved vendors and receiving the best pricing.”