IAPP/IARP and TAWPI Create Expanded Print Magazine for Finance, Operational Professionals

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Publication Offers Enhanced Benefits for Advertisers and Partners, and Additional Content, Larger Readership for Each Association

As organizations increasingly turn to shared services operations, combining their financial functions under one umbrella, it’s becoming more critical for one hand to know what the other is doing.

Combining the strengths of three established publications, International Accounts Payable Professionals and TAWPI have announced plans to merge their magazines into one must-read resource for senior-level executives, including CFOs, controllers, and directors of shared services, as well as practitioners in accounts payable, accounts receivable, payments and document management operations.

Starting with the March/April 2010 issue, IAPP’s AP Matters and TAWPI’s Today will be bound and distributed together as one publication with two different covers that will maintain the brands established by both longstanding industry magazines. The move combines the distribution of more than 5,000 for AP Matters and 2,000-plus for Today, boosting each publication’s subscriber base to about 7,000. In addition, the combined magazine will contain content from AR Matters, an online publication launched in October by IAPP’s sister organization, International Accounts Receivable Professionals.

The enhanced publication will retain the topics and features currently produced by each magazine individually. AP Matters covers trends relevant to the accounts payable profession in areas such as invoicing, travel and entertainment expense reporting, 1099 tax issues, procure-to-pay solutions, payables fraud, purchasing card programs, vendor portals, and policies and procedures. TAWPI’s Today addresses news in payments automation, receivables management, healthcare payments and records, and document automation. AR Matters covers collections strategies, recovery, lockbox use, credit policy, legal trends, and third-party AR management, among other issues.

The combined magazine will address topics relevant to all three audiences, such as finance technology, leadership, career development, economic strategy, ethics, auditing, outsourcing, and shared services.

The magazine will be divided into three sections: accounts payable; operations and automation; and accounts receivable. Advertisers can choose to place their materials anywhere in the publication. A combined table of contents will help readers reach their favorite content quickly.

The expanded magazine will introduce several new features, including:

  •     Need to Know – a column of relevant and timely news briefs in each of the three specialties.
  •     The Exchange – excerpts from social media materials generated by each association’s readers, such as hot topics on Linked In, blog essays, and online poll results.
  •     A Day in the Life – question-and-answer profiles of readers who work in the various financial fields the three associations advocate.
  •     Calendar – a listing of upcoming events in each financial field, along with pictorial coverage of select events.

“As organizations increasingly turn to shared services operations, combining their financial functions under one umbrella, it’s becoming more critical for one hand to know what the other is doing,” says Tom Bohn, CEO and executive director of IAPP/IARP, based in Orlando. “We want this magazine to be a one-stop resource for people in multiple financial fields. The more they can learn about each other, the better they can work as a team.”

Both Bohn and Frank Moran, president of Boston-based TAWPI, will continue to write columns that appear at the front of their association's version of the expanded magazine.

In July, TAWPI and IAPP announced a partnership to co-host Fusion 2010 (http://www.TheIAPP.org/fusion), a professional conference May 9-13 in Dallas that is expected to attract as many as 150 vendors and 1,000 attendees.

“It’s important that our associations maintain our focus on our respective audiences while we leverage our combined resources for this very important publication,” Moran says. “We want our readers – and our partners and sponsors – to know they’re getting more for their money with this new product.”

All three associations will continue to maintain separate online publications. They can be accessed at http://www.APmatters.org, http://www.tawpi.org, and http://www.ARmatters.org.

About IAPP and IARP

International Accounts Payable Professionals is internationally recognized as the trustworthy guidance-setting association for the accounts payable profession. Serving members throughout the world, IAPP is the AP professional’s global voice, chief advocate, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, and principal educator on all AP operational, regulatory, leadership, tax, control, and fraud-related topics. Together, the IAPP and its sister organization, International Accounts Receivable Professionals, have more than 5,000 members in 70 chapters throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and provide training, conferences, knowledge sharing, certification, online resources, AP Matters and AR Matters magazines, and more. For more information, visit http://www.TheIAPP.org and http://www.TheIARP.org.

About The Association for Work Process Improvement

TAWPI is a membership association that facilitates the peer-to-peer exchange of actionable information, ideas, and best practices on the converging technologies and processes that enable payments automation and document management. TAWPI provides unique resources and forums for the exchange of information and advice on payments automation, healthcare payments and records, and document automation. For more Information, visit TAWPI at http://www.tawpi.org.

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