A leading cloud-based software company struggled to achieve the desired efficiencies and scale needed to support consistent growth in terms of accounts payable (AP) and accounts receivable (AR) functions from its facilities in South America and Central Europe. The prior IT service providers’ collections data was consistently in the low range of 60% based on its historical records. As a result, the company was forced to pursue other options to improve cash flow and reduce the aging of outstanding receivables in conjunction with standardization across geographies.
The company reached out to Cognizant—their tried-and-tested strategic partner of seven years—to help them achieve the 70% collections goal.
As a first step, we conducted an audit of the aging receivables report and performed a detailed analysis of the baseline. We redesigned the end-to-end AR process by establishing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for collections and billing agents. This helped agents identify their goals and achieve measurable targets, consequently improving efficiency and outcomes. Simultaneously, our data scientists analyzed customer payment patterns, which drove our collections approach, touchpoints and timeline. They identified that 30% of customers pay after a reminder call, so our agents called immediately after the due date and achieved quicker payments. Our experienced Cognizant team worked closely with agents to understand and address their challenges. We leveraged the company’s own global CRM platform to mirror the processes between the company and its customers. Cognizant also streamlined the company’s operations and call center to reduce language barriers and service disruptions as well as acquire highly skilled resources.