Process to Create Invoice Archives

A new button has been added to the Invoice proposal on the action pane.

There are two ways to view the archives, one is automatic and another is manual. Automatic archives will be available only when the Invoice proposal workflow is active. Once the user submits the workflow for approval, the archives are generated automatically.

When the invoice proposal workflow is not active, then the user should generate the archives manually, by clicking on the Create archive file button on the action pane header.

When the user clicks on the button, then the files that have been selected for archiving at the invoicing group will be archived, and a message will be displayed on completion.

Message – The Invoice archive ZIP file is being compiled in the background for Invoice proposal PJIP_0000XXXX.

Note – Based on the parameter setup ‘Maximum file size in megabytes’ on document management parameters form, providing the information on the size of each file that is getting attached into the zip folder.

The zipped documents will be available for viewing when the user clicks on the Attachments icon in the action pane header on Invoice proposal form. When the user selects the zip file in the documents handling form and click on the open button, the contents that have been zipped will be visible as shown in the below screenshot.


File naming conventions followed for the reports

  • Timesheet: Timesheet number_Employee name_ yyyy_mm_dd (period ending date)
  • Vendor invoice external documents: Vendor invoice – Vendor Invoice_Vendor name_Invoice id_Recid
  • Project external documents: no change in file name
  • Project Invoice proposal: no change in file name
  • Expense report report: Expense report number_Employee name_Recid
  • Expense report external documents
  • Documents not attached to a line: Expense report number_Employee name_RecId”
  • Documents attached to a line: Expense report number_Employee name_Line number_ {yyyy_mm_dd}”

Generating One PDF

Once the archive file is created automatically or manually there could be requirement to generate a single file\document for the zipped content. Using the external software program or paid API, these document can be merged into single document.

One cost effective solution is to purchase the Adobe software which allows converting documents and images into a PDF. More information about this application and process can be found here.


Transmitting Big Attachments

Sometimes the attachments are larger than what can be transmitted by email or emailing ZIP files isn’t possible due to restrictions set on the server side. In these cases, the recommended solution is to setup a SharePoint site per customer and upload the files or documents on that location to be shared. Then the invoice email can include a link to the SharePoint document.

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