Basware Appoints Head of AI and CIO to Lead Innovation Drive

{{article.creator.firstname}} {{article.creator.lastname}}
Editor Coda
Feb 29, 2024

Basware, a global provider of AP automation and invoice processing, has announced the appointments of Anssi Ruokonen as its Director of AI Research and Enablement, and Barrett Schiwitz as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO).  

Ruokonen will further enhance AI technology within Basware's product and service offering, while Schiwitz will oversee Basware's digital transformation projects to deliver an ever-improving customer experience.  

Barrett Schiwitz, Chief Information Officer, Basware (Left) and Anssi Ruokonen, Director of AI Research, Basware (Right)

Generative AI has the potential to generate upwards of $4.4 trillion across all industries, according to McKinsey. Basware's AI strategy is centered around expanding its innovation lead within its product offering and doing better with its customer experience. 

The company is already utilizing AI through its SmartPDF system which automates the conversion of machine-readable PDFs to e-invoices with over 97 per cent accuracy, removing the need for outdated manual processes. Last year, Basware also teamed up with Microsoft to announce the use of ChatGPT within its customer support function, called AskMary

Ruokonen will lead Basware's AI development, shaping the company's strategy, research and approach to AI, implementing AI technology to optimize Basware's product offering and enhance operations across the business. He joins from AI firm Fluentic where he served as Chief Product Officer. 

Ruokonen will be based in Helsinki, Finland and be part of Basware's Products, Cloud Engineering & Operations (PCE&O) function. 

Anssi Ruokonen, Director of AI Research and Enablement, Basware, said: "Basware's commitment to leveraging AI in transforming business operations is exciting and I'm fascinated by AI's potential in revolutionizing industries. Basware's position enables us to leverage AI in every aspect of our business, directly translating to increased customer value. By automating routine tasks, AI frees up human intellect to focus on creativity and strategic thinking. The democratization of AI means not just easing existing work, but empowering every team member with new capabilities."  

Basware is a world-leader in AP automation, developing and integrating AI solutions to deliver benefits across the invoice processing cycle, including invoice capture, data extraction and PO (purchase order) matching. Through SmartCoding, Basware further automates the coding of invoices without a PO. SmartCoding leverages AI and uses the history of a supplier's invoices to automatically code and send invoices along the workflow by creating rules for non-PO invoices. Basware Insights has further harnessed AI to identify the risk of late invoice payments, capture early payment discounts, and analyze patterns in transaction data to help predict cash flow. 

Meanwhile, as Chief Information Officer (CIO), Barrett Schiwitz will oversee Basware's digital transformation projects including the technological advancement and management of Basware's internal digital transformation to allow staff to better serve customers. The project will completely revamp Basware's systems and data across all functions, starting with customer facing areas. This initiative will be supported by major investments in new systems and education to empower staff to deliver more value to customers. 

With more than 30 years' experience in the technology sector as a transformation leader, implementer and software developer, Schiwitz will strengthen Basware's technology team as part of the company's overall digital strategy. Prior to Basware, Schiwitz served as SVP of Integration and Business Transformation at tech firm Snap One.  

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Schiwitz will be a part of the executive team and report into CEO Jason Kurtz. 

To read this article you have to be registered.

Become a member to access all content and / or download it

We value your privacy

We use cookies to enhance your browsing experience and analyze our traffic. By clicking 'Accept All' you consent to our use of cookies.