Business Integration

Yazaki Europe Ltd. consolidates B2B gateways and updates with tailored automotive industry functionality

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The modernization project will accelerate business and logistics processes, while lowering TCO

Media Release: 13 April 2015 – Bretten / – As the world’s largest producer of wiring harnesses and a worldwide market leader in the automotive industry, Yazaki required a backend system that could integrate its logistics partners (3PL), inter-company processes and more than 500 EDI providers.

A recent acquisition provided an opportunity to tie together a modernization project with a consolidation project all using the SEEBURGER Business Integration Server (BIS6).

Currently, Yazaki is consolidating nine locations of Yazaki Systems Technologies GmbH from BIS5 to the B2B Packaged Solution Automotive in the central BIS6 platform. The increased message volume is composed of approximately 200,000 EDI messages per day, which will now be processed even more efficiently and securely.

‘‘EDI projects are largely implemented in-house at Yazaki. SEEBURGER Professional Services support the Yazaki EDI team with project questions and for training when needed,’’ explains Yazaki Europe Ltd., EDI Manager Kai-Uwe Plonke, who praises the flexibility of the technology which is enabling the existing solution to integrate with new capabilities.

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Shape the future of your Bank

The FSI Global Business Unit welcomes you to visit our newly updated site: www.seeburgerfsi.com

Optimization, Simplification, Agility, Compliance. Shape the future of your Bank.

Our mission is to make it radically simple to connect your critical business systems to get the information you need to the people and places it needs to be – securely, reliably and visibly.

Questions or Feedback? Contact us directly at: FSI@seeburger.com

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How does SEEBURGER Software deal with Leap Seconds in UTC Time?

What is a Leap Second?

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Fig. 1 History of Leap Seconds (Source: IERS)

The time when the civil clock was defined by the position of the sun over Greenwich UK is long gone. Instead, atomic clocks (International Atomic Time – TAI) have become the tick-tock in the clock of civilization. However, there is still a need to synchronize the perceived time of day (Universal Time – UT1 or variations thereof) with the official time used in civil life and commerce (Universal Coordinated Time – UTC).

This coordination is the task of the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) at the Observatoire de Paris. IERS can name specific dates (at end of June or December, but also end of March or September), to insert or remove single seconds (so called leap seconds) to make sure the predicted difference between UTC and UT1 stays below 0,9s. In January 2015, the IERS announced that the next leap second will be inserted on the night (UTC time zone) between June 30 and July 1st 2015.
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Upcoming Java Updates for SEEBURGER BIS

Recent updates by Oracle have introduced two different versions of Java and there is also a major version upgrade to Java 8 in the queue. As SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS 6) and the SEEBURGER B2B Portal depend on the Java platform to run on different enterprise platforms, here is some information about what is happening in development at SEEBURGER.
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Use Silent Setup to Automate your Infrastructure

Installing enterprise software can be an arduous task. Manually answering prompts with technical parameters in multiple environments (‘what was the IP address of the TEST database again?’) can be time consuming and error prone.

Today, we’ll look at how you can use the SEEBURGER BIS silent setup in order to minimize errors, shrink install times, and leverage your existing configuration management and server automation tools to install SEEBURGER BIS.

The ‘Silent Setup’ is an installation option that allows administrators to provide a response file to the BIS installer to specify common parameters like the database connection details and which packages to install.
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Assuring your technical needs grow with you: The value of a product road map

As data patterns chawhy-seeburgernge, governance takes a higher priority and security becomes more complex, Financial Services Institutions are looking to invest in modernizing their transmission platforms. SEEBURGER is ready for this MFT 3.0 drive guided by our significant Banking, Insurance and Financial Services clientele around the world.

M&A strategy for FSI with SEEBURGER

Over the past 15 years, the legacy of mergers and acquisitions, economic cycles, legislation, globalization, diverse lines of business and rapid technological change have conspired to dramatically increase the complexity and fragility of a financial institution’s data transmission platform and community. (more…)

Stretching the IT Spend: Address Pain Points and gain Competitive Advantages with an FSI-specific Platform

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Welcome to the first of our series of seven posts on choosing an FSI secure data transmission platform!

Over the last 5 years, banking infrastructure decision makers are increasingly being faced with new legislation and compliance regulations that change how IT systems are managed and monitored. IT budgets are expended managing these changes and although projects that create value for clients are required for business agility, IT is under pressure to do more with less funding.

The costs of running legacy environments, especially with an increased data exchange volume, further eat away money budgeted for value add IT projects. These changes mean IT infrastructure investors are requiring more out of their IT investments – with considerations for scalability and flexibility at the top of list of requirements.

At the same time, with the ability to switch banks vastly simplified, current and potential clients are informing themselves about the advantages and disadvantages of service providers. The speed at which banking can be integrated with a business can be a major factor in standing out – and ahead – of the competition. (more…)

SEEBURGER products and services are not vulnerable to the Shellshock Security Vulnerability

The GNU Bash (“Bourne Again Shell”, /bin/bash) is reported to have security vulnerabilities nicknamed “Shellshock” CVE-2014-6271.

The Shell is installed and used on nearly all Linux, Unix and MacOS X systems. There are various attack vectors known, where the weakness of the bash shell can be exploited. Among those are also unauthenticated attacks against CGI-Scripts (Web Server), DHCP Clients (System Service) or Login Shells.

Similar to the Heartbleed vulnerability, this is affecting all infrastructure services.

The weakness is actively exploited. It is therefore strongly recommended to update all affected systems with patches provided by the vendor.

There is the potential that the increased focus on bash will lead to further vulnerabilities being discovered in the coming days. We recommend you monitor your systems and the further development closely.

SEEBURGER has analyzed all SEEBURGER products and infrastructure services.

SEEBURGER is not aware of any possibility for an unauthenticated attacker to control environment variables.

For any questions about your SEEBURGER environment please contact us by opening an incident ticket. If you are not a customer and would like further information, please email us at: info@seeburger.com with the subject line, ‘Shellshock Security Vulnerability

Customers can login to our knowledge base for more information here: Service Portal

SEEBURGER not vulnerable to Heartbleed

Here is a short Q&A about SEEBURGER products and services in response to the recently announced security threat called Heartbleed:

Are SEEBURGER products affected?
No. SEEBURGER products are not directly affected by the Heartbleed Open SSL issue. But we do recommend that your company review any use of Open SSL to ensure your system’s security.

Are SEEBURGER platforms or cloud services affected?
No. SEEBURGER products (except BIS5) do not use the OpenSSL library for network servers and we also do not ship or require the library in standard operation. SEEBURGER BIS5 Client Adapters P7 and FTP are not using a version of OpenSSL affected by the Heartbleed bug.

SEEBURGER’s Secure Edge, as well as SEEBURGER BIS6, PI adaptors, SEEBURGER Web-Applications (E.g. IMartOne) and our secure file transfer solutions MFT/SEEFX are based on the Java platform which protect against programming errors common to implementations in the C or C++ programming language.

So is my company totally safe?
Although we can confirm that our products and services are not affected, systems which connect to SEEBURGER products and services may have vulnerabilities and we encourage you to perform your own security audit.

Where do I go if I want more information?
Customers can login to our knowledge base for more detailed information. Visit our homepage under hot topics: www.seeburger.com for our official response from our team, or for more information specific to the heartbleed bug visit heartbleed.com

Onboarding: How to Capture Your ROI After the Deployment

business meetingby: John Applegate

So you’ve done sufficient due diligence during the software acquisition to have confidence that the solution will meet your technical requirements and the solution has been deployed.  Now what?  Job #1 is to focus on meeting business objectives.  Here are three motivating factors that should drive your focus.

Focus on Business Objectives

  1. Capture Revenue:  You want to do business with your customers in new ways but your legacy platform(s) are preventing you from on-boarding them or supporting the business model effectively.  You need to get them on the new platform …fast.    The new system must provide rich features and capabilities.  For example, direct support for all data formats, dynamic routing capabilities, communication protocols available allows you to say ‘yes’, we can do that…today. This translates into faster time to revenue.  And ultimately, this agility will make you more competitive to win more business.
  2. Mitigate Risk: Your new platform provides security that ensures data is protected from loss and that sensitive data is protected.  It enforces compliance with external and internal security controls for transparency and visibility, and industry compliance standards like PCI-DSS and customer SLAs. It also supports business continuity. In a 24/7 financial world, your business needs to be up and running at all times.
  3. Reduce Costs: The solution you choose should not only improve operations, but should also help cut costs.  The new platform will make you more efficient in how you support customers.  For example, you should be able to offer self-service value-add capabilities such as track-and-trace visibility for internal business users (or even customers themselves to eliminate delays, improve customer relations, and cut down on laborious support activities that are a bottleneck.  Additionally, shutting down the legacy platform saves operational and license/maintenance costs.

Accelerating the migration off of your legacy platform and building a methodology for on-boarding will make this promised ROI a reality.  During the vendor selection process, the vendor’s solution for migration is equally as important as the technology itself.  It’s imperative that the vendor has the tools and experience to *finish* your migration….not just start it.  And be skeptical; not all vendors can deliver on their promise.  Without the ability to actually conclude your migration, the shiny new platform will sit idle and your customers are stuck on the old platform with continued costs, risks and bottlenecks.

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