Suggesting and Processing Payments

With Payment Management, you can take advantage of an extended payment journal that provides enhanced functionality for your payment processes. This includes features like payment validation and direct communication with the bank when creating and sending payments to vendors.

To use the extended payment journal, Payment Management must be enabled and set up on the payment journal. For more information, see the Setting up payment journals with Payment Management article.

To create vendor payment suggestions

To create vendor payment suggestions:

  1. Use the Search for page or report icon, search for Payment Journals, then select the related link.

  2. Go to the Batch Name field, select the three dots, and on the General Journal Batches page, select a journal that has the Payment Management Journal column checked.

  3. On the action bar, select Home > Suggest Vendor Payments.

  4. On the Suggest Vendor Payments form, to filter payments you can use various criteria such as the Last Payment Date, decide whether to summarize payments per vendor, fill in a posting date. Additionally, you can choose to filter on a specific vendor: use the fields in the Filter: Vendor section to, for example, filter on a specific payment code.

  5. Select OK to generate the vendor payment suggestions. The payment journal will now generate payment lines that align with the settings of the payment journal suggestion.

    After creating payment suggestions in the payment journal, you can rely on the associated Status column of each payment line to understand its current stage in the payment process. If you use direct communication, statuses will also be imported from the bank. For more information, see the Using the payment status article.

    All payment lines must have status Valid before they can be sent/exported to the bank. In case of errors on a payment line, you can use the Payment File Errors FactBox in the lower right corner of the payment journal to find a more descriptive error message. Select the error message to learn more about the error.

To send or export payments

When the payment lines in the payment journal have the status Valid, they can be sent or exported depending on the chosen type of bank communication.

To send or export payment lines:

  1. Use the Search for page or report icon and search for Payment Journals, then select Payment Journals.

  2. Go to the Batch Name field, select the three dots, and on the General Journal Batches page, select a journal that has the Payment Management Journal column checked.

  3. On the action bar, select Home > Export/Send Payments.

  4. Select All Lines or Selected Line and select OK. It is possible that you will be asked to confirm your bank account information. To learn more about bank account verification, refer to the Bank Account Verification article. If you send payments to various banks, you must choose to which bank you wish to first send payments. After having sent payments to one bank, you can repeat step 3 and select the next bank to send payments.

    The status of the sent/exported payment lines will be updated to Sent for exported payments, or Processing for payments send by direct communication. For more information, see the Using the payment status article.

    Note

    It is possible to specify a custom-defined name for payment files manually exported from the payment journal. Use the Search for page or report icon and search for Payment Management Setup, then select the related link. In the action bar, select Troubleshooting and navigate to the FastTab General. In the field File Name (Payment File), define the file name to be used for manually exported payment files.

To post payments

You can post a payment line when it has the status Sent or Processing. However, it is recommended not to post any payment lines before they have been paid in the bank. You can define posting criteria to ensure that no payment lines are posted before they have been paid. For more information, see the To determine a required status for posting payments article.

To post the payment lines:

  1. Use the Search for page or report icon and search for Payment Journals, then select the related link.
  2. Go to the Batch Name field, select the three dots, and on the General Journal Batches page, select a journal that has the Payment Management Journal column checked.
  3. On the action bar, select Home > Post/Print > Post.

To suggest vendor payments automatically

To enhance the payment suggestion process, Payment Management has implemented a job queue for automation.

To enable the CPM Suggest Vendor Payment (6216318) job queue:

  1. On the payment journal, on the action bar, select Prepare > Payment Journal Setup.
  2. On the Payment Journal Setup page, select More options >Actions > Job Queue > Enable Suggest Vendor Payments Job Queue. Once enabled, the system will automatically generate payment suggestions for vendor payments.

To view payment details

While working on the payment line, various information about a chosen payment line will be available on the right side of the payment journal. For more detailed information, select the information displayed in green text.

The payment line information includes the following:

Fact boxDescription
Payment ManagementAll changes to the payment line status are logged for your reference. To view a complete log, select the status displayed in green text. This will open the page Credit Transfer Log, from where you can also access the File Archive for the payment line.
Journal Line DetailsThis section provides the most basic journal line details, such as Posting Group, Account, and Balance Account.
Payment File ErrorsIf there are errors on the payment line, each error will be described in more detail in this list. When the payment line status is updated, errors that have been resolved will be deleted from the list.
Recipient Bank DetailsLists the details of the bank account you are making a payment to. In the Account Verification section, you can check the verification status of the bank account. To learn more about bank account verification, refer to the Bank Account Verification article.

See also

Setting up payment journals with Payment Management
Using the payment status
To define a required status for posting payments