True! Many smaller software companys use features here that automatic scan incoming invoices. outgoing invoices are nice in erpnext but incomming transactions are not easy to handy so you do it not by yourself and have to give it to an accountant. but more and more businesses are seeking for automation incoming invoices also because an external accountant is expensive for some startups and accountants use software that offer these tings more and more.
Two general Workflows:
1.) BANKING > CSV > UPLOAD INTO ERP
- you download from your online banking a .csv file with transactions (incomming and/or outgoing invoices)
- you import the csv into your accounting software and just check the prices > and put it to the right categories/account nr. and taxes. At the end of the quater/year you have also all the incomming transactions and their taxes in one place and hand the tax ammount over to the officials.
2.) SCAN > AI ANALYSE > IMPORT
you scan your invoices with your mobile (simply take a picture) and upload it to erpnext.
a AI image software (open source AI frameworks out there already?) scans the invoice automatic for DATE, NR, TAX, or CUSTOMER and generates the Data for the incoming invoice.
Like @becht_robert said, these things started not long ago by startups-for accounting and are going fast, and is becoming more and more standard, and if a bounty goes in this direction it will be the right path to invest, for sure.
edit: like becht robert is saying.