Electronic invoicing for small businesses
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The Norwegian government has released an act suggesting that all invoices sent to the public sector should be sent electronically by the year 2012. In addition more and more large companies demand their suppliers to send invoices electronically. Such demands may exclude less resourceful participants from taking part in trade with a section of the market. Hence, this project is set out to find a solution for sending electronic invoices aimed at the less resourceful small businesses and sole proprietors. The study has identified user habits with issues involved, and carried out a market analysis including research of existing infrastructure and related systems. The findings of the made studies have been transferred to a solution design, prepared for release within Norway and possibly for use within the Pan-European Public Procurement On Line, PEPPOL consortium. Morover, certain aspects of the solution design have been implemented in a prototype. It is believed that the proposed solution will ensure that less resourceful participants can still take part in trade with all of the market. The documented design specification, in combination with the prototype, provides a solid foundation for full-scale implementation.
Masteroppgave i informasjons- og kommunikasjonsteknologi IKT590 2011 – Universitetet i Agder, Grimstad