Processing paper invoices is time-consuming, error-prone and introduces delays in
the payment cycle for any business. For a company the size of RS Components,
optimising and automating this process was a necessity.
Adflex were asked to replace an existing semi-automated process for level 3 data processing for VISA
and AMEX corporate purchasing card (CPC) transactions and to integrate this into
the SAP system used by RS, the business needed the solution live in two months.
How We Solved It
Adflex implemented their SAP Payment Connector product to enable the rapid
deployment of the card-processing capability and the integration of RS's invoicing
process with standards set by VISA and AMEX regarding level 3 transaction data.
The challenge here was that the SAP Payment Connector was designed to run on
ECC6 and uses SAP web-service integration capabilities, whereas RS were running
an earlier version of SAP that did not support many of the features and functions
required for web-service integration with the Adflex Payment Gateway.
To solve this, an additional module within the SAP Payment Connector was created to
'back-port' the integration functions and exploit the available capabilities of the
earlier SAP version.
In parallel, RS were upgrading their SAP system to the latest ECC6 release, and
Adflex were able to perform a dual deployment of the SAP Payment Connector to
meet the requirements of both the older live environment and their newer cutover
RS have been able to run hundreds of thousands of their card transactions directly
and synchronously from their SAP environment out to the Adflex Payment
Gateway for authorisation and settlement processing without the need of FTP
files, off-line processes and reconciliation spreadsheets since go-live.
amount of time taken to deliver and deploy the SAP Payment Connector solution
meant that RS could meet a deadline for a change in data processing standards
mandated by the card-schemes, and also prepare themselves at the same time for
a smooth cut-over to their new ECC6 SAP system.