As the digital-era continues to evolve at a rapid pace, the use of analytics to measure a variety of things isn’t really foreign anymore. Increasingly, we rely on technology to track and measure our diets, our sleep and our overall health, or to measure our financial wellbeing and spending habits, or even to help us successfully set and achieve our goals. So why shouldn’t this technology be used to help us work better?

What are Analytics?

Analytics can be a loaded word in some ways because it’s difficult to pin-down one specific meaning. While many people see analytics as a means of measuring static events without correlation to the presiding issue, true predictive analytics give actionable insights that can drive business strategies. This provides decision-makers with pertinent real-time information that can assist them in making strategy alterations to create the desired outcome. Utilizing predictive analytics can help your business succeed in ways you’ve only dreamed of.

Benefits for Accounts Payable

Accounts Payable departments are typically ideal candidates for all forms of technological tools, such as predictive analytics. With an analytic tool at your fingertips to provide a detailed view of your outbound cash-flow, assist you in establishing benchmarks, and enhance the strategic role of accounts payable, it’s easy to see why you’d employ this technique. Additionally, predictive analytics will improve your internal and external customer service with its ability to identify trends and details you may have missed otherwise.