e-conomic integration configuration

Introduction

The integration between TimeLog and e-conomic consists of partial integrations that provide seamless cooperation between the two systems.

Description

From TimeLog to e-conomic:

  • Automatic transfer of customers
  • Automatic transfer of contacts
  • Automatic transfer of employees
  • Automatic transfer of invoices
  • Automatic transfer of projects

From e-conomic to TimeLog:

This also takes place:

  • Update of customer and contact information in e-conomic
  • Invoice balancing between the two systems

e-conomic

The integration brings a lot of advantages.

  • TimeLog is more suited to drawing up invoices based on time data than e-conomic.
  • Financial analyses can be carried out in TimeLog with every available dimension (employee, project type, project category, department, etc.) incl. the financial reporting
  • Project managers can retrieve all information related to invoicing in TimeLog and therefore do not need to access e-conomic, which saves you money on licences
  • The transfer of invoices to e-conomic saves time and provides an increased quality assurance around your invoicing

You start the setup in the system administration -> Integrations & API -> Integrations.

Connection setup

Once you have added e-conomic, you click Connect. This opens a new window, where you are re-directed to e-conomic’s website and asked to enter your contract number, user ID and password to log in. Once the connection is created and the integration is active, you will see two green checkmarks in this section.

We recommend that you have an extra licence for e-conomic. You need this licence to link the integration to, so you avoid to lose the connection, if a person changes login information or is no longer working at your company. The extra licence must have super user access to be able to create and update customers in e-conomic.

Please note: If you are not able to establish the connect, it may be due to missing activation of API access in your e-conomic under Settings and add on modules.

Customer setup

To be able to use the integration, you must first link the customer databases in the two systems, and then you need to select how you would like to maintain your customer data. In general, we recommend you use TimeLog as master for your customer database to have as little maintenance work as possible.

Linking customer databases

To transfer invoices, the customer listed on the invoice must be available in e-conomic. Click Link customers to get started. This change the view to three tabs:

  • One match: Customer pairs which are readily recognisable
  • More matches: e-conomic customers with several matches in TimeLog
  • No match: e-conomic customers with no matches in TimeLog


On all three tabs, it is possible to link the customer information in three ways:

  1. Link and use data from e-conomic: This action links customer pairs, overwriting customer data in TimeLog with those of e-conomic. Fields left empty in e-conomic will not be overwritten in TimeLog.
  2. Transfer and use data from e-conomic: This action links customer pairs, overwriting customer data in e-conomic with those of TimeLog. Fields left empty in TimeLog will not be transferred.
  3. Import as a new customer in TimeLog: This action creates a new customer in TimeLog based on e-conomic data.

Once you have imported the new customers in TimeLog, we recommend that you correct your customer number series in the System administration -> General settings -> Number series, so the new customers you create in TimeLog get a customer number continuing the series from e-conomic. In this way, the customer numbers in the two systems will be the same.

Please note: To transfer customers from TimeLog to e-conomic and link customer pairs, the customer number in TimeLog must only consist of numbers, as e-conomic does not accept special characters or letters in the customer number. The customer number can be up to nine numbers.

The linking procedure depends on one of the typical scenarios below:

  1. No customer data in e-conomic or TimeLog
  2. Customer data in e-conomic and none in TimeLog (new TimeLog customer)
  3. Customer data in TimeLog and none in e-conomic (new e-conomic customer)
  4. Customer data in TimeLog and e-conomic

The four scenarios are detailed in the following.

Scenario 1: No customer data in e-conomic or TimeLog

In this case, linking customer databases is not necessary, so you can skip this step. Customers will be created continuously in e-conomic, by linking with the TimeLog customer database or in connection with invoicing.

Scenario 2: Customer data in e-conomic and none in TimeLog

Begin by transferring the relevant e-conomic customers to TimeLog. The tabs One match and More matches will be empty, and you can skip these. All e-conomic customers are shown in the No match tab. Mark the customers you would like to create in TimeLog and select Import as new customer under Select action and click OK.

The customers are now created in TimeLog and linked to their matches in the e-conomic customer database.

Scenario 3: Customer data in TimeLog and none in e-conomic

In this case, linking customer databases is not necessary, so you can skip this step. Customers will be created continuously in e-conomic, by linking with the TimeLog customer database or in connection with invoicing.

Scenario 4: Customer data in TimeLog and e-conomic

This linking is the most time consuming, as you will need to manually link each customer pair. Luckily, the system helps you find matching customer pairs.

Please note that if you have many customers in either TimeLog or e-conomic, only the first 200 will be shown, and the list can be updated by clicking the little arrow next to the number of customers.

Once you are done linking the customers, you click Back to integration configuration to continue your setup of the integration.

Maintenance of customer databases

You have three options to choose from when it comes to the ongoing maintenance of your customer databases.

  1. Is done manually on customers and contacts in TimeLog
  2. Happens automatically when transferring the first invoice (recommended)
  3. Creation in e-conomic and manual import via Link customers

1. Is done manually on customers and contacts in TimeLog

If you select this option, you can transfer your customer manually from TimeLog to e-conomic via the lightning on the customer card. Here you select Link customer with integration, which opens a pop-up, where you click the grey dot to make the link. The system will ask you to confirm that you would like to create the customer, and you click OK. You can do the same with contacts.

You can remove the linking in the same way by finding the customer or contact in question and using the lightning icon. The opens the same pop-up, where you now have the option to remove the checkmark to break the link. Afterwards, you can check the integration log to see if the action was successful.

2. Happens automatically when transferring the first invoice (recommended)

When you select this option, your new customers from TimeLog will be transferred and created automatically in e-conomic when you transfer the first invoice for the customer. At the same time, the contact on the invoice is created in e-conomic.

We recommend this form, as it gives you the least administration, you avoid manual maintenance and you can invoice your customers much faster.

3. Creation in e-conomic and manual import via Link customers

No matter which option you select in TimeLog, you must use the Link customers interface to import customer to TimeLog, if you create a customer in e-conomic first. If you create the customer both in TimeLog and e-conomic without linking them, you risk that the invoice is not transferred correctly or that you have duplicated customer pairs.

If you change the customer number in e-conomic, you will experience errors on the integration, when you transfer invoices the next time. Read how to solve it in our FAQ.

Select default values for data transfer

Default values for transferring customers

When customers are created in e-conomic, a string of values need to be filled out in e-conomic. Some of them are not available in TimeLog, and you must select default settings for all customers for:

  • Debtor group
  • VAT code (VAT zone)
  • Payment terms
  • Template collection

Your selection is saved automatically. Subsequently, these values can be adjusted in e-conomic and will not be overwritten when customer data are updated automatically in TimeLog.

It is an advantage that you create the same payment terms in both systems, as most users will use the invoice in TimeLog as their reference.

Please note: The values in the four dropdown lists for customers are collected from e-conomic, and you are only able to change these values in e-conomic.

Default values for transferring employees

When transferring an invoice to e-conomic with an internal reference, TimeLog checks whether the employee has already been created in e-conomic. If not, an employee is automatically created from the e-conomic employee directory. Remember to link the employees in e-conomic to an employee group.

The default group used for creating employees is selected in the Default values for transferring employees section. You can change the employee group in e-conomic for employees created in TimeLog. Later updates will not overwrite this group. Your selection is saved automatically.

Importing product numbers

Start by clicking the Import product numbers link. A list of active product numbers in e-conomic are loaded, and you can mark the product numbers you would like to use in TimeLog. Select the Activate action and click OK.

Configuration of product numbers

An important element in the integration between TimeLog and e-conomic is the creation of a product number catalogue in TimeLog. e-conomic demands that each invoice line has a product number attached, which decides how the invoice line is booked in relation to the yearly books with VAT and revenue statistics. You cannot book the invoice in TimeLog, if you have not selected a product number for each invoice line, and only booked invoices can be transferred to e-conomic.

The product number setup is carried out in TimeLog and consists of the following steps:

  1. Configuring default product numbers for project work and external expenses
  2. Adding product numbers to each of TimeLog’s different data types

The integration may work despite the setup of default standard numbers not being completed. If this is the case, manually select a number for each invoice line when creating an invoice in TimeLog.

We recommend a setup of default product numbers, as you will save a lot of time in your invoicing process, when the right product number is added to the invoice lines already when they are created on the invoice draft. It is especially a big advantage, if you are many people sharing the invoicing responsibility. The setup of default product numbers strengthen the data quality in your reporting and yearly books, and you save time as you do not need to double check each other’s work.

1. Configuring default product numbers for project work and external expenses

To expedite invoicing, you can configure TimeLog to suggest product numbers for invoice lines based on the data to be invoiced. For each data type and settlement form in TimeLog, you can select a principle for default product numbers. You also have the option to select, if product numbers should be selected when invoicing, or you can select a specific product number for each data type in TimeLog.

2. Adding product numbers to each of TimeLog’s different data types

When you have selected the principles for your default product numbers, you can move on to selecting which product numbers should suggest which data. After this setup, you have different options under Actions to the right. Click e.g. Add product numbers to hourly rates. In Hourly rates, you will find a new column, Product number. Click the name of an hourly rate, or click Edit and select a product number. The same product number can be used for multiple hourly rates. If you cannot select a single product number for an hourly rate, simply omit it and select a product number on each single invoice line.

When adding a product number to the different data types, you have three options: Select when invoicing, Select dimension or one of the imported product numbers

  1. Select when invoicing: Here the product number is selected on each single invoice line when you build your invoices
  2. Select dimension: Here the selected dimension must be updated in the system administration afterwards
  3. If you select a specific product number: The product number is automatically added to invoice lines containing the data type

If you have e.g. selected Hourly rate for the data type Time & material, you need to add a product number for each of the hourly rates in the System administration -> Finance -> Hourly rates. Click the name of an hourly rate, or click Edit and select a product number. The same product number can be used for multiple hourly rates. If you cannot select a single product number for an hourly rate, simply omit it and select a product number on each single invoice line.

If you have selected Project type, Project category, Expense type or Task type, you do the product number selection in the System administration -> Finance -> Linking product numbers. Here you select the data type in the top filter, and you select a product number per unit in the list.

The same product number can be used for multiple dimension names.

Click Back to integration configuration to return and continue to the next type.

Import expenses from e-conomic

You can import expenses from e-conomic to TimeLog by flagging specific e-conomic accounts. All expenses added to these accounts can be imported to TimeLog via the Import of project expenses page, and you can add them to your projects to get a total overview of your project finances. You thereby get the option to add the imported expenses to the invoice drafts in TimeLog.

Transfer projects to e-conomic

When you create a project in TimeLog, the project number can be automatically transferred to e-conomic. The project number may only consist of numbers, otherwise it cannot be transferred to e-conomic. There are no limitations to the total number of characters.

Please note: You can only use this functionality, if you have activated the project module in e-conomic. This is not a requirement to be able to use the integration.

The advantages of using the project module is that you can add the project number to your expenses in e-conomic, which will be automatically added in TimeLog when the expenses are imported via the Import of project expenses page.

Export expenses to e-conomic

You have the option to transfer the expenses your employees add in TimeLog, e.g. via our Mobile app, to e-conomic. If you enable this function, you need to decide which journal you would like to add the expenses to. To be able to transfer the expenses, you must add the corresponding account number from e-conomic on each expense type in TimeLog. You do this in the System administration -> Time and expense registrations -> Expense types. Remember to provide access to the transfer of expenses via the role management under Employees

Transfer product no. department on invoice lines

In e-conomic, you can add a department to each product number. If you enable this functionality in TimeLog, the department will be added to each invoice line on the product numbers in e-conomic, when you transfer the invoices from TimeLog to e-conomic. You can only see the department in e-conomic, there are no links between departments in TimeLog and e-conomic.

Confirm integration setup

You complete the setup by confirming you have been through and completed all steps in the setup. See it as a checklist to make sure you have done everything. In particular, lacking configurations in linking customers may result in TimeLog creating customers in e-conomic which are already there.

Mark the checkboxes, click Activate and the integration is completed.

Last updated 17 Sep 2019

Technical questions?

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