Simplerinvoicing uses PEPPOL specifications for interoperability

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Simplerinvoicing uses PEPPOL specifications for the interoperability between E-invoicing service providers or ERP vendors (Participants) and their clients (Trading Entities) in the Simplerinvoicing network as a part of the wider PEPPOL network.

Why did Simplerinvoicing choose to use PEPPOL?

The use of PEPPOL standards for interoperability ensures the following key concepts:

– Join once, connect to all: By using the PEPPOL specifications for the e-invoice, the transport infrastructure and the contractual framework, all Participants can connect to all other Participants in the network. There is no need for bilateral agreements between Participants.

There are various open source and commercial implementations of the PEPPOL connectivity and the PEPPOL Business Interoperability Specifications (PEPPOL BIS) for the e-invoice in place, allowing potential Participants to join in model that fits them best. Some Participants may decide to use the open source Oxalis or CIPA eDelivery components, other Participants may choose a commercial connector. This helps lowering the barriers for joining.

– PEPPOL provides a sophisticated discovery mechanism (SML & SMP) that enable Participants to resolve how invoices must be routed through the network. Simplerinvoicing makes available a free to use (for Simplerinvoicing Participants) implementation of the SMP part of this discovery engine using state of the art technology provided by Tickstar. – Simplerinvoicing adopts the work that is already done on a European level and already adopted by many e-invoicing service providers and ERP vendors.

How does Simplerinvoicing relate to PEPPOL?

In order to use and contribute to the further development of the PEPPOL specifications and take part of the PEPPOL network, Simplerinvoicing has joined OpenPEPPOL AISBL as a PEPPOL Authority. OpenPEPPOL AISBL is the governing organization, overseeing the development of the PEPPOL specifications and being responsible for the PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure Agreements; the legal framework facilitating many-to-many interoperability between the network participants. There are currently four PEPPOL Authorities; Difi (Norwegian market), DIGST (Danish market), ESV (Swedish market) and SGMAP (French speaking market), all government led initiatives.  Simplerinvoicing has a different approach, as it is a private sector initiative that uses PEPPOL for their interoperability. It is focused on B2B, B2G and B2C e-invoicing and is developed by 13 E-invoicing Service Providers, ERP vendors and the Dutch government. The Simplerinvoicing Foundation will soon be an official PEPPOL Authority overseeing adherence to the overarching PEPPOL rules and regulations. This requires all Simplerinvoicing participants also to be members of OpenPEPPOL.

 What are key characteristics of Simplerinvoicing?

OpenPEPPOL AISBL is the overarching authority (Coordinating Authority) overseeing all PEPPOL Communities. Although it is possible for participants to sign an agreement directly and be part of the PEPPOL network through OpenPEPPOL AISBL, the preferred model for potential participants is to sign up with a PEPPOL Authority such as Simplerinvoicing.  Distinctive characteristics of Simplerinvoicing are:

–  Simplerinvoicing is not a regional initiative, and therefore not bound to a country or region, although it is funded by the Dutch government, and mass adoption in the Dutch market is one of the key priorities.

– Simplerinvoicing represents the requirements from various stakeholder groups, including SME’s, ERP / Accounting software, E-invoicing service providers, accountants, governments and consumers.

– Simplerinvoicing makes available an SMP component that is free to use for Simplerinvoicing Participants. This allows participants in Simplerinvoicing to use the SMP component without having to implement one itself. The Simplerinvoicing SMP enables Participants to mass-upload their clients, making these clients reachable for their suppliers. Participants may choose to implement their own SMP.

– Based on PEPPOL, Simplerinvoicing focuses on the end-to-end experience of the end user, with a special focus on SME’s. Therefore, Simplerinvoicing makes available the Simplerinvoicing brand, which communicates reach and user experience to the end users (senders and receivers of e-invoices) and Simplerinvoicing seeks to simplify the experience for senders and receivers of electronic invoices.

– Simplerinvoicing has a number of rules on top of the PEPPOL rules to facilitate the Simplerinvoicing community. These are rules against blacklisting, exclusion, use of the Simplerinvoicing brand, recommendations on mass-onboarding clients in the SMP, recommendations on activating sending and receiving trading entities.

– Simplerinvoicing makes available a Test Tool that can be used by parties during their development of their PEPPOL Access Point making it convenient to test and configure their access point before going live with PEPPOL.  The use of PEPPOL as the engine under our interoperability, allows Simplerinvoicing to be a truly inclusive, low barrier e-invoicing network that has the vision to bring e-invoicing to the long tail of SMEs that today are often left with clunky and expensive paper processes.