Business Integration

Gartner Magic Quadrant examines application integration projects

icon-WP-gartner-magicquadrantOrganizations have often struggled with finding an effective way to unify and integrate disparate applications. Gartner’s 2012 Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Systematic Application Integration Projects report puts the spotlight on best practices on application integration, market trends and technological advancements.

The leading analyst firm’s researchers have spent plenty of time vetting application integration providers and their application technology portfolios. After evaluating how well 16 vendors and their products met a wide range of criteria—including completeness of vision and ability to execute—Gartner placed SEEBURGER in their “Visionaries” category. Businesses placed in the category demonstrate innovation from a product and technology innovation perspective. They have significant investments in integration technology, and their prospects for survival and growth depend on their ability to establish a strong presence in the market for application infrastructure for application integration. However, the products of some larger Visionaries have relatively small installed bases; in some cases, their production readiness is not fully proved via a spectrum of mission-critical deployments.)

Through diligent and focused execution, some Visionaries could become Leaders, but the likelihood is small. Limited sales, marketing, engineering and support resources create enormous obstacles for such ambitions. Many of these vendors are likely to merge or be acquired by larger companies, but some offer excellent and highly innovative products that outperform large vendors’ offerings.

Often, products from vendors in the Visionaries quadrant can be used with point products from other vendors to create a comprehensive middleware infrastructure that has all the features offered by the one-stop-shopping suites of larger vendors in the Leaders quadrant.

Finding a comprehensive application infrastructure solution that meets the need for B2B, A2A, data and cloud integration can be a mind bender with today’s overwhelmingly large number of choices. With the engineering and vision to back it up, SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) is a complete consolidation solution that remains the platform of choice for thousands of global innovators.

To learn more about where the market is headed and the future of application integration technologies, read the complete Magic Quadrant report today.

1 Gartner, Inc. Research Methodologies

 

Trouble in Paradise for Risk Management and Banking

regulatory complianceWhoever passed around the memo about aligning IT with the business apparently forgot to give it to people who work at banks. A recent article from Forbes goes so far as to say many business leaders feel “disdain” towards their IT risk management staff, and that those same IT staffers are pretty frustrated with budgetary constraints and what they see as a lack of clear direction. Banks have to work pretty hard these days. With service demand growth gradually decreasing and regulations like Basel III increasing, banks have to make liquidity work harder—while implementing solutions just in time to avoid penalties. Part of the problem is that many banks and financial services companies continue to rely on legacy tools that are just not suited to address today’s needs. Promising technology solutions exists outside the traditional IT risk managementbox. An ideal solution incorporates dispersed data that is aggregated from a central in-memory database host. Unlike a single centralized in-memory database solution, this will best serve the needs of different banking units, while also preventing the massive build-up of pressure that would occur on a single system. Considering a major bank may spend half a billion dollars on regulatory compliance, it’s easy to see why fingers can start pointing when things don’t go according to plan. And while it clearly sucks to be “disdained,” the situation offers risk management staffers an amazing opportunity to turn it all around by presenting the case for new solutions that generate business value. Visit our Financial Services Solution Center to learn more.

By: Ian Goldsmith

Email and Data Security — Not a match made in heaven

E-mail concept on white background. Isolated 3D imageAlas, some things just aren’t meant to be—Ashton and Demi, Michael Bolton and long hair, dogs and cats, email and sensitive corporate information.

Yet most people today use email to send anything without even thinking about data security. The problem is that even though email seems way more advanced than licking a stamp and dropping an envelope in the outgoing mailbox—it actually shares some of the same problems.

What happens when the sensitive file or data you’re sending is misdirected, late or lost? Outlook won’t tell you that. Email systems were never designed to track down and protect your sensitive data. We’re not even getting into the file size limits that aggravate senders, recipients and mobile users.

Email is overloaded, plain and simple. It was never intended for data protection or 100MB files. It just wasn’t. The good news is that Managed File Transfer (MFT) is a proven solution. MFT enables you to securely send, manage and track even the largest files in the office and on mobile devices.

So give your email a rest. Read more about why MFT is a clear alternative to email.

 

 

Now’s the time to secure your data, reputation and brand

file-transferThe most important asset your company has is information—often highly confidential or proprietary information about your customers, business partners, employees, intellectual property, and more. We’re talking about employee social security numbers, banking and accounting information, and proprietary product information.

Here’s the thing. Eighty percent of that information is kept in files, not the ERP systems companies invest millions of dollars in. The vast majority of highly confidential and proprietary information is often shared via old-school File Transfer Protocol (FTP) solutions, email programs like Outlook and Web file sharing services like Dropbox.

But you don’t allow external file sharing services, right? Well, you may not know who is using these free file sharing services at your company and what they’re sharing on them, according to an analyst at IDC. Employees turned off by old-school file sharing solutions sometimes turn to modern “user-friendly” solutions like Dropbox as a shortcut.

That’s why you need a file transfer solution that a) won’t turn your users off, b) ensures the security of your data and c) keeps a lid on the hidden costs that pop up with many file transfer solutions. SEEBURGER Managed File Transfer (SEE MFT) combines user-friendly interfaces with the highest levels of security on a platform that helps control costs.

Learn more by reading The TCO of FTP, Hidden Costs of “Free” File Sharing today. For more information about how MFT can help protect your organization, visit our Managed File Transfer resource center to learn more.

Industry leader consolidates and says “take this EDI spaghetti!”

One of the North America’s leading telecommunications companies had a problem. After corporate restructuring, it needed to tell a patchwork network of legacy EDI system to take a hike—but didn’t quite know how to do it. The company needed to consolidate onto an efficient, cost-effective EDI/B2B platform, which ultimately lead it to the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (SEE BIS).

The EDI problem

The company’s three fragmented, outdated EDI/B2B landscapes were initially merged using a wide range of disparate solutions. This overly diversified environment let to redundant processes, a more than ample chunk of overhead and a problem finding experienced personnel for each individual solution.

The EDI solution

The company was attracted by SEE BIS’ robust and cohesive feature set, including comprehensive global support, extensive functionality, multiple language support, pre-built components and more. SEE BIS’ unified integration with SAP also met the company’s need for seamless data exchange on the SAP platform.

The end result

The company found SEEBURGER modernization and consolidation to be of incredible value. In fact, it saved almost 50 percent of EDI costs upon consolidating the systems on SEE BIS. Besides better security that attracted partners and suppliers, and more internal transaction message control, the company:

  • Consolidated its EDI infrastructure into one data center
  • Achieved a 60 percent reduction in software licensing costs
  • Achieved a 30 percent reduction in VAN charges
  • Cut message tracking time from hours to five minutes

Something to consider

How does the idea of potentially cutting your EDI costs in half sound? Pretty nice, eh? Well then take the first step by visiting our modernization and consolidation solution center today to learn more.

Modernization and consolidation worth it for major financial services group

As Northern Europe’s largest financial services group, Nordea’s customers expect it to provide comprehensive, cost-efficient solutions. With set of disjointed, often duplicated file-based transaction solutions and a fragmented infrastructure, something had to give. Costs were too high.

After an extensive review of many solutions, Nordea opted to go with SEEBURGER’s Business Integration Server (BIS6). The company was drawn to SEEBURGER’s competence in modernization and consolidation projects, and the solution’s robust and unified global platform. Thus the business communication and infrastructure integration project began.

Upon completion of the modernization and consolidation project, Nordea was impressed not only by the solution, but also by SEEBURGER’s level of flexibility and commitment.

“We had full access to the SEEBURGER development team and they were really perceptive about our needs and also future requirements,” Claus Richter, head of Nordea global integration services said.

Learn more today by reading the full case study.

 

Calculate your real world FTP costs

For more than 40 years File Transfer Protocol (FTP) has been the mainstay of file transfer management solutions. If it was a married couple we’d be patting it on the back for hanging in there—but it’s not. It’s a 40-year-old file transfer solution that is probably costing a whole lot more than you think.

In fact, some estimates pinpoint the cost of operating 100 FTP servers at right around $1 million. When you consider the fact FTP is not secure and simply not equipped to handle large volumes of mission-critical file transfers, nothing adds up other than the cost of running it.

Use the chart below to estimate what FTP is really costing your business. Don’t forget to include indirect costs (personnel, tech support, etc.) in your final calculation. Then read the TCO of FTP: Hidden Costs of Free File Sharing white paper to learn more about the FTP problem and its solution.

ftp costs chart

For more information, visit our Managed File Transfer resource center: www.seeburgermft.com

Financial services firms, banks and cultural change

fsi-calcLast year’s Barclay Bank Libor-rigging scandal was likely caused by cultural problems following a speedy expansion, according to a recent BBC News article. A study found the financial services firm’s strong culture of winning, siloed departments with different values, and lack of emphasis on customer and client needs led to the breakdown.

The simple fact is that we live in a changing world. The Darwinian theory of having to change in order to survive continues to ring true.  Banks and financial services firms have learned this lesson the hard way—through fines, reputational damage and in some cases, having to close their doors.

This pandemic of high-risk attitudes towards winning at the expense of customers has to be cured. In the case of Barclay’s, the answer to restoring the bank’s reputation lays in comprehensive change, according to the news article.

So how can banks make these much-needed changes? The answer exists in two parts.

  1. Ethics must change throughout the financial services industry, with everyone from the highest C-level executives, to IT help desk technicians ensuring they do. Responsible, transparent behavior needs to be the order of the day. This is by no means going to take place overnight; it will be part of an ongoing journey that all employees must undertake.
  2. Part of the answer lays in flexible, adaptable and manageable financial services IT solutions that provide the governance, monitoring and reporting capabilities needed from top to bottom. To do this properly, banks need to invest in deploying rules-based technology that can provide the deliverables sought.

Ultimately, good ethics or IT capabilities can’t deliver the sweeping sea of change needed in the financial services industry alone. They must be put into place together. The top-down instilment of ethical behavior must be supported by the thorough governance, monitoring and reporting capability of sound financial services IT solutions. The twain will simply have to meet.

Managed File Transfer is key for Governance and Compliance

Imanaged_file_transfert’s a given that Managed File Transfer (MFT) transfers files. But what exactly makes it stand out from other file transfer solutions? For one, MFT supports the highest levels of governance, compliance and security. That’s why a growing number of companies are turning to MFT. Businesses simply can’t afford to lose data these days, and MFT ensures data gets into the right hands—and stays out of the wrong ones.

“MFT solutions deliver reliable capabilities to address file transfer across internal A2A, B2B and cloud environments, while providing centralized governance for file transfers across these environments,” according to a Gartner analysis1 of MFT.

A complete MFT suite features services that support management policies, governance processes, coordination and reliable file transfer. Along with workflow automation, provisioning and technological adaptability, MFT enables:

  • File security through integration with other solutions to manage risk, access and authentication
  • Governance monitoring through data, message, file and transaction tracking capabilities
  • File transfer visibility into transactions, the people involved, and crucial processes and systems
  • Reporting and auditing features that collect file transfer data to provide a complete audit trail

To bring MFT out of the abstract and into the real world, we’ve created an infographic to help explain it. Once you’ve viewed it, visit our MFT Resource Center to learn more.

 

 

1 What MFT Is, and How It Applies to You © 2011 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

SEEBURGER offers financial transaction security with SWIFT qualification

Security and Business Continuity dictate a multi channel strategy for Financial Institutions. So we’ve taken another step towards ensuring financial transaction security. We’re pleased to announce the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) has awarded us two key SWIFTNet 7.0 qualifications.

What exactly does this mean? It means the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) has proven it can perform secure data transmission using both FileAct communication protocol variants. This means our customers can rest easy knowing the BIS platform complies with SWIFT’s strict requirements for securely exchanging financial data.

“These initial qualifications demonstrate our ability to meet SWIFT’s stringent requirements, our commitment to the financial services sector and our intention to equip customers in the sector with the tools they need to  solve their business integration challenges,” said Derek Schwartz, SEEBURGER senior VP of financial services.

With these qualifications, financial service organizations using the secure SWIFT network to exchange financial data can use our platform to handle all FileAct traffic and perform other value-added operations. Read the press release to learn more and then visit our website for information on financial services software solutions.