Business Integration

MFT Essentials Part 1: Four common situations that call for Managed File Transfer

Data SecurityManaged File Transfer (MFT) is becoming well-known now as a highly secure alternative to more traditional (and faulty) methods of data sharing. There are four scenarios in particular that exemplify cases in which using an MFT solution would be incredibly valuable.

  • Email attachments are the most common method of transferring files that leads to confidential information being leaked out. Many users are either unaware or unwilling to encrypt files being sent as attachments before sending them out. And when a file is too large to be attached, users often resort to even more insecure methods such as flash drives and File Transfer Protocol (FTP).
  • File exchange portals are usually FTP-based custom or homegrown solutions for sending and receiving files over the Web. Like many similar FTP solutions, they lack the security and visibility supported by MFT. Web-based solutions without cutting edge security technology to back them up are vulnerable to unauthorized access, malicious or otherwise.
  • File sharing and collaboration services are often free and used to simplify the process of storing and exchanging files. This is one situation in which organizations are exposed to a great deal of vulnerability. Users are dabbling with free, unsecure technologies with limited capabilities. While users have the best intentions, their methods are exposing sensitive and proprietary data.
  • Mobile devices are becoming so commonplace that half of all midsize and large companies are expected to have mobile solutions for file sharing and collaboration within the next three years. As the number of tablet and smartphone business users increases, so do worries about what could happen should a device become lost, stolen, or access an unsecure network.

Check back here December 28, 2012 for part two of this series, “What to look for in an MFT solution,” in which we’ll take a look at what you should require from an MFT solution. Until then, visit our MFT Solution Center to find white papers, case studies, multimedia and more.

Source: “Four Common User Scenarios that Demand MFT,” Gartner, May 21, 2012

 

Does your SAP data need security from…you?

In a large organization, chances are there is more than one Rob Johnson, Bill Smith or Susan Hill working there. Whatever the case may be, sending files through SAP to the wrong Rob, Bill or Susan, is just one of the many ways data can get lost inside and outside a company. The fact of the matter is data loss is more likely to be caused by someone inside your company than a hacker.

Data is often lost during simple day-to-day transactions. Unfortunately, SAP doesn’t provide a native way to prevent unauthorized data exports. In this day and age, simply counting on your people to protect what they should is a big leap of faith that can end up costing you a small fortune. Organizations need a way to ensure data falls into the right hands and stays out of the wrong hands.

SEEBURGER Managed File Transfer (SEE MFT) for SAP was specifically designed for ensuring data security in SAP solutions. It overrides SAP’s export function to automatically enforce predefined business policies and permissions to ensure both senders and receivers are authorized to access and transmit a file. It’s a user-friendly solution that’s no muss for the end user and no fuss for you.

We recently published an article in SAPinsider that explains how you can protect your SAP data.  Once you’ve reviewed the article, visit our MFT solution center to learn more.

 

 

SEEBURGER Targets the Financial Services Industry

Derek Schwartz shares his insights on joining SEEBURGER to head up the Financial Services Business Unit

Financial institutions have an ever increasing need for agile integration of a variety of constituents onto a consolidated platform that embraces all external and internal data movement patterns and processes. Solving the breadth of requirements securely takes innovation and a paranoid dedication to quality.   After many years in the industry, I found SEEBURGER to possess the unique elements needed for excellent execution in the Financial Services industry.

The dedication to core values at SEEBURGER ensures true ‘cohesive’ development of solutions; delivering total ‘interoperability’, not simply just ‘co-existence’.  Its substantial financial war chest secures the longevity of the business for the benefit of its customers at zero risk.  Large enterprise with mission critical needs like banks and insurance providers deserve this from their vendor.

I’m honored and excited to build on the success already achieved in the Financial Services business at SEEBURGER and look forward to leading the global Financial Services business unit.

To learn more, read today’s announcement.

 

New poll: Everyone’s data is 100 percent secure

It seems that every four years, we find ourselves searching for the truth a little more than usual. Well in honor of our upcoming election (no political affiliation required) here’s a little fact checking for you.  Our headline was 100 percent false. Sorry.

In fact, only one in five organizations have the policies and tools in place they need to safeguard their data, and every year yet another major organization incurs significant financial and reputational costs after data loss. So, time to fact check your own campaign for data security. Do you have the policies and tools in place you need?

If you don’t, now is a great time to take a look at Forrester’s latest analysis of the state of data security and privacy today, and what can be done to improve it tomorrow.  Download your complimentary copy today and get the facts—not fluff.

EDI, B2B and SAP. One location. Easy troubleshooting.

Picture a huge mall. Often times managing EDI and B2B supply chain messages is like spending the day at one of these monolithic malls — aggravating. That’s why we’ve just released a solution that will put an end to those days. SEEBURGER Monitor for SAP now enables users to monitor and research all EDI-triggered processes in one window within the SAP interface.

Think of it as one-stop shopping. You don’t have to go to spend hours at the mall searching for the one 36” red plaid shirt you need.  SEEBURGER Monitor for SAP is the first solution to link IDOCS with associated SAP transaction documents. As documents pass through the SEEBURGER gateway, they are automatically linked. It provides one place to view all your EDI and B2B supply chain messages — so no more tiresome searches, and difficult transactions and analysis.

As a fully-integrated, preconfigured SAP add-on package and extension of the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite, SEEBURGER Monitor for SAP is designed to get answers for you in minutes that you’d usually have to wait a day for from an EDI or IT specialist. It will help prevent supply chain interruptions, improve customer and partner relations, and reduce operating costs.

Read the press release to learn more about what the solution offers, and then visit the SEEBURGER Monitor for SAP solution center.

 

Three really good reasons to switch from FTP to MFT

Some old things are nice — a fine antique desk, a watch from your grandfather, a classic car. But some are not. File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is like a laptop built in 1999. It’s outdated, and simply not equipped to ensure secure file transfer in the face of today’s modern IT landscape.

So what are the two major reasons you should swap FTP for Managed File Transfer (MFT)? Why should your organization give up a tool that seems so alluring with its ability to quickly share files for free?

  1. Security. Simply put, FTP does a poor job of securing data. It won’t do anything to address potential breaches, while MFT offers central monitoring and management capabilities.
  2. Compliance. While FTP lacks an audit trail, MFT provides one. FTP allows users to send data to whomever they choose. MFT instills protocols that keep data out of the wrong hands.
  3. Cost. As the old adage goes, you get what you pay for. When a FTP or ad hoc system of transferring files fails and data leaks, you can expect the bill to range in the millions.

A recent CIO Magazine white paper illustrates these points and the fundamentals of data loss, and delves down into the intricacies of and differences between FTP and MFTRead the white paper today to learn more about why this is one switch you should definitely make.

Nuts About Partnering

We are thrilled to announce that IndSoft, Inc is the newest partner to join SEEBURGER’s 5 Star CRN Partner Program.

IndSoft, Inc., certified MBE and SAP Services Partner, brings a rich history of providing value added cost effective services to clients in Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin and Indiana. With this partnership, their customers can now benefit from SEEBURGER’s market leading business integration and secure file transfer solutions:

  • Established in 1998
  • Strong network of SAP Professionals
  • Multicultural workforce
  • IT Staffing Services
  • US based Consulting

SEEBURGER is nuts about partnering with companies like IndSoft who help clients gain a competitive advantage as they look to modernize and consolidate their business-to-business landscape on a unified platform.

For more information on IndSoft, please visit www.indsoft.com or connect with them on twitter: @indsoft.

 

 

 

Two minutes can save time, money and secure your SAP data

Say what? We know how it goes. Whether you get chest pain, headaches, or are just plain tired, keeping an IT organization up and running smoothly is no small feat. There’s a lot of pressure in knowing you’re the backbone of the business. That’s why it’s always a pleasant surprise when a solution comes along that actually solves problems instead of adding to them.

Managed File Transfer (MFT) has been getting a lot of buzz lately, and for good reason. Users have found they can rely on it to do things FTP and other transfer technologies can’t. They’ve been able to monitor for potential leaks, prevent them and exchange files with any of their trading partners — even those without secure transfer technology. MFT also adds a lot of value to SAP NetWeaver PI®.

SAP NetWeaver users often add on multiple file transfer technologies in an attempt to transfer critical files securely. Truth is, SAP NetWeaver isn’t designed for far-reaching data transfers. You need a solution that will protect this data while reducing costs and complexity, and diminishing the odds of data leaking into the wrong hands. SEEBURGER Managed File Transfer for SAP leverages your existing investment, by centralizing file transfers within NetWeaver.

To help illustrate these things a bit more, we’ve created a short 2-minute video that provides a brief overview of SEEBURGER MFT for SAP. So take a break, put your feet up and watch the video.

 

Meet Aptelis, The Newest Member of SEEBURGER Partner Network

Their name says it all. Derived from two words- Apt, capable, and Fidelis, faithful – SEEBURGER’s newest channel partner is on a mission to provide solutions unmatched in service, value and integrity.  We here at SEEBURGER couldn’t be happier that they selected us a strategic partner to deliver on those commitments.

Partnership, as defined by Wikipedia,  is “an arrangement where parties agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests.”  We have a slightly different perspective on partnership.  You see, for  Aptelis and SEEBURGER, it’s all about the customer.   So our definition reads something like “an arrangement where two culturally aligned companies come together to leverage one another’s capabilities, technology and people to serve customers like never before.”

Aptelis’ brings more than 15 years of SAP consulting experience which, with SEEBURGER’s industry leading business integration technology, enables us to jointly deliver more efficient, optimized and effective operations to our mutual customers.

Aptelis has a proven record in delivering end to end solutions so that their clients can focus on running their businesses with trusted technologies and resources.  SEEBURGER serves our customers in the very same spirit, and we are pleased to welcome Aptelis to our family of partners.

For more information on Aptelis, please visit www. Aptelis.com or connect with them on twitter: @aptelis.

One IT Improvement that Can Pay Big Dividends for Banks

Banks are under fire these days.  This means that bank IT people are under fire – more than usual, even.

Particularly with growing  transaction volumes, consolidating and modernizing B2B communications is an obvious place to save money, reduce risk and speed time-to-market.   But few of us have the time, money or reputation capital to risk on any kind of prolonged architecture project.  

By zeroing in on one particular problem spot – your data transmission gateways – you can get a big payoff in a relatively short period of time.  You can save time and money by combining multiple or departmental transmission gateways into a single system with a single transmission gateway.  SEEBURGER can help you automate the creation of a single, secure system for B2B, EDI, and file transfers.

With a single system and transmission gateway, you can quickly and cost-effectively connect with:

  • Any payment format (NACHA, SEPA, ACH)
  • Any exchange (payment, remittance, treasury management, electronic transmission)
  • Any transaction and message format (structured, unstructured)
  • Any standard (EBICS, SWIFT)
  • Any communications protocol
  • Any document (paper or electronic)
  • Any business partner

Next, you can look for ways to use your consolidated gateway to update and streamline processes such as STP, cash management, regulatory compliance, and SAP integration.

Nordea, the largest financial services group in Northern Europe, used SEEBURGER solutions to consolidate and modernize its business communications and integration architecture, to deliver more unified, cost-effective service to its customers.

To learn more, download the white paper “Speeding and Simplifying Bank Operations by Consolidating and Modernizing B2B and File Transfer Environments.”

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