Can I scan invoices and get the data off?
Yes. You will need software that is setup to look for information on the page and then has the ability to lift it out. Take your supplier invoices, the variations of the words “invoice number" might be Invoice No, Invoice Num, Our Ref, Invoice Reference, Invoice:, Document Num, Document Ref etc. Its unbelievable hoe many variations of the same thing is used by different business across the UK let alone Europe. The key thing here is finding the labels. Once we find a label on the page we can find a value near it. Once we find the value we can export it.
Check out ABBYY FlexiCapture. This program does exactly this and can be used for a variety of documents or forms.