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With Microsoft decommissioning Basic Auth on 1 October 2022, Efficiency Leaders’ Chief Information Officer Gavin O’Kane addresses some frequently asked questions:

What is Basic Authentication?

Basic Auth is an authentication standard that allows users to access their Microsoft Exchange email using just their username and password. Many applications use Basic Auth in Exchange Online, so developers and users are currently transitioning to more modern and robust authentication methods to enhance security and so they can continue to use these apps from 1 October 2022.  

    Why is Microsoft retiring Basic Authentication? 

    Basic Auth is an outdated industry standard. As such, it is increasingly vulnerable to password attacks and security breaches, meaning user and customer data is at risk. More secure authentication methods are now available, so Microsoft is closing down Basic Auth to force change and prioritise security.

    Does this change affect clients’ RapidAP deployment?  

    RapidAP, Efficiency Leaders’ accounts payable automation product, already uses modern authentication so the retirement of Basic Auth has no effect on users or the functioning of the product.

    Does this change affect clients on Kofax solutions?  

    Some Kofax software solutions, including Kofax Import Connector (part of Kofax Capture) and Kofax TotalAgility, utilise Basic Auth. However, Kofax has now transitioned all versions currently in support to the recommended OAuth2 authorisation protocol.

    How is Efficiency Leaders supporting clients through this change?  

    Efficiency Leaders has identified all clients on earlier product releases and is working with them to transition their software. To continue to automate accounts payable, these businesses will need to upgrade to a later Kofax release that includes modern authentication or migrate to RapidAP.

    Efficiency Leaders is working closely with these clients to determine the most suitable solution for their needs and is supporting them with the process change required.

    What experience does Efficiency Leaders have with the Kofax suite?  

    Efficiency Leaders started out as a Kofax reseller over 13 years ago and continues to support Kofax clients today, including iCare NSW, ACCC, Energy Queensland, Knox City Council, Kennards Hire, and Briscoes NZ to name just a few.

    Within the team we have highly skilled and experienced Kofax-certified staff who support clients to get the most out of their Kofax deployment.

    Why migrate to RapidAP?  

    Efficiency Leaders’ modern, highly configurable best-of-breed AP automation product offers:

    • AI-powered Optical Character Recognition for data capture,
    • Connection to the Peppol network for eInvoicing,
    • Embedded security protocols,
    • Intelligent business rules engine for data validation, exception management, approvals, and straight-through processing,
    • User-friendly interface for visibility of processing tasks and transparency across AP,
    • Integrated document library to report, monitor, search and retrieve payables,
    • Dashboards showing AP performance,
    • Seamless integration with all major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, and more.

    Any other questions?  

    For more information, contact Dan Bennett, Executive Director on d.bennett@efficiencyleaders.com.au.

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