Business Integration

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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Securing Your Company’s Big Data

Along with Mobility and Cloud Computing, Big Data is one of the most important IT trends of 2012. In order to compete effectively, companies are evaluating the best way to work with and manage Big Data. How do you ensure that these huge files reach their location safely? Which transmission paths should be used?

Many companies expect to gain a competitive edge through the systematic evaluation of all its database information (Big Data). Such analysis and evaluation can lead to better customer service, streamlined logistics processes, targeted mailing lists, clarified market trends and more.

Often, data must first be collected from different databases and different locations. So, having good, secure data storage is an important part of the equation. Yet, does that storage security get compromised when large volumes of data are transmitted via open communication channels such as fax, email, FTP or simple copy mechanisms through network connections?

Absolutely! Companies need to make sure to secure not only their data storage, but also how the data is moved between end users and systems. Whether pricing, planned marketing campaigns or personal data, the files exchanged within a company are Intellectual Property (IP) and therefore worthy of protection.

Managed File Transfer (MFT) allows the secure and traceable exchange of unstructured files of any size. Thanks to central monitoring and reporting tools, companies are given a clear overview of all electronic data transfers.

More information on Managed File Transfer (MFT) can be found at http://www.seeburger.com/managed-file-transfer.html

Step away from the supply chain management dead zone

Al has a problem. He just got a phone call from one of his company’s biggest clients about a missed delivery. He wants to know where the EDI order is but can’t locate it in SAP. The only thing his coworker Carole can see is that the order can’t be processed, and the EDI specialist in IT that Al turns to for help is already drowning in other people’s problems. Al has entered the supply chain management dead zone.

A supply chain management dead zone occurs when data goes outside SAP and the business users can no longer access or see it. While SAP’s ability to automate critical business processes makes it an immensely valuable tool, once you bring IDOCs and other supply chain data into the equation, things can take a turn for the worse. Trying to find B2B messages in a tangled web of SAP, EDI translators, JMS, BEA and more is just as hard as it sounds. Things get overlooked until the last minute, or even forgotten.

So what could have kept Al out of the supply chain management dead zone? The new SEEBURGER B2B/SCM Monitor for SAP best practices solution could have. This preconfigured, add-on SAP solution centralizes supply chain monitoring while complementing SAP workflows and enforcing SAP standards. Read our new white paper to learn more — and make sure you don’t end up like Al.

Insurers Drowning in Unstructured Data, MFT to the Rescue

Exchanging unstructured data has long been a fact of life in the insurance industry. And insurance companies generally have done it well.  Think of all the files – policy applications, forms, payouts, related documentation – that daily have to pass through many “hands,” from Underwriting to Claims to independent agents, brokers and policyholders.  Piece of cake, right?

But many companies are finding that they’re pushing the limits of their FTP servers and other file exchange methods.  The amount of unstructured data is growing. File sizes are increasing (video, graphics, audio).  Much of the data is confidential, private, time-sensitive or regulated.  How can you ensure that the right file gets to the right person at the right time, securely – every time?

Managed File Transfer (MFT) can help.  MFT is a process that automates and secures the end-to-end transmission of data transfers – from provisioning through transmission, ensuring guaranteed delivery – across your business and your business network.

A good MFT strategy can help:

  • Secure and document the exchange of files containing confidential or sensitive policyholder information across complex workflows (internal departments, independent agents, brokers, underwriters, reinsurers)
  • Automate and secure file transfers for core insurance processes, including Underwriting Collaboration, Policy Administration, Reinsurance, and Claims and Payout Management
  • Strengthen regulatory compliance, enforce adherence to internal workflows, and improve customer service and response times

To learn more, download the white paper “Streamline, Speed and Secure Insurance Operations with Managed File Transfer.”

Got Order-to-Cash questions? Get the answers in our webinar.

A new approach to SAP Order-to-Cash (OTC) processing is helping customers deal with the trouble that often comes with manual processing of paper-based orders.  High costs and frequent errors lead to unhappy customers and trading partners, and naturally, delayed revenue.

That’s why you should take a look at our on-demand, best practices webinar. You’ll walk away knowing some of the best practices that’ll help you get things right the first time around, including how to:

  • Speed orders by relying on an automated system — not people
  • Help your sales team by eliminating redundant tasks from their list
  • Quickly Increase revenue  by utilizing tools that reduce errors

Accelerate Order-to-Cash: Speeding Revenue Recognition with Order Process Automation features SAP experts Mark Chalfen, finance capability lead at Bluefin Solutions, Michael Krigsman, Asuret Inc. CEO, and SEEBURGER’s Senior Solution Architect, Ed Pearce.

Register today to watch the webinar. And be sure to tweet any of your own questions to us at #seeburgernews.

 

Application integration? We’ve got the visionary thing covered.

SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) — the integration platform of choice for some of the world’s most-recognized companies — has been taken note of again.

Gartner’s newly-released Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Systematic Application Integration Projects analysis evaluated the product portfolios of 16 application integration infrastructure providers, using a broad range of criteria related to the ability to execute and completeness of vision. We’re pleased to announce that SEEBURGER was placed in the report’s “Visionaries” category.

As the industry’s only single platform/GUI solution for multi-enterprise B2B/EDI communications, SEEBURGER BIS was born out of the realization that a need existed to consolidate disparate integration functions.  For over a decade, the BIS platform has done this. But we never quit. Since then we’ve enhanced the suite with award-winning Managed File Transfer, tight integration with SAP, and more.

The value of being able to integrate applications on the cloud or on-premise, and manage all files and communications on a single platform can’t be overstated. The kind of transparency, flexibility and traceability that SEEBURGER BIS offers is what enables governance, compliance, across-the-board security and the agility to meet new business demands.

Read the full Magic Quadrant report on our website.

 

 

IT-Powerhouse Partnership: ETIAH and SEEBURGER

Guest Blogger, Gratien Etiah, President, Chief Executive Officer at ETIAH

What do you get when you partner award-winning global business integration software provider SEEBURGER with Canada-based SAP Consultancy firm ETIAH? Simply put, you gain a powerful partnership which enables businesses to enhance the value of their SAP implementations by seamlessly integrating trading partner communications, secure managed file transfer, order-to-cash acceleration capabilities and various other solutions into the SAP customer experience.

What makes this award-winning partnership so special? SEEBURGER’s consistent high-analyst rankings and their ability to increase data security, governance and regulatory compliance offers SAP users a valuable collection of security and IT features that can be fully integrated with their existing SAP solutions. This means, SAP customers can enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of their business processes, as well as protect important data with SEEBURGER’s highly accredited IT solutions.

The partnership will enable ETIAH to implement and deploy all functions and components of the SEEBURGER BIS, including:

  • SEEBURGER Managed File Transfer (MFT) for SAP, an SAP-specific edition of SEEBURGER’s award-winning SEE MFT suite that works directly within SAP and SAP NetWeaver PI/XI to encrypt, track and trace exchanged SAP and non-SAP business files of any size; stop data leakage caused by file exports out of SAP; and eliminate the unwieldy patchwork of plug-ins, FTP/SFTP servers, and gateway- or application-specific MFT servers typically used to manage file transfers.
  • SEEBURGER B2B/EDI, a set of solutions that automate supply chain transaction messages with strategies ranging from conventional B2B/EDI to WebEDI. The B2B/EDI components of BIS can be used in tandem with SEE MFT to consolidate management and reporting of all business file transfer activity under one interface for the first time.
  • SEEBURGER Order-to-Cash Solution Extension for SAP, a SAP add-on that fully automates booking by scanning incoming paper-based orders, verifying relevant information against SAP master data, and seamlessly linking and automating order entry, order verification, delivery, invoicing and receipt of payment to accelerate revenue recognition.
  • SEEBURGER B2B/SCM (Supply Chain Management) Monitor for SAP, an SAP add-on that provides full visibility into supply chain transactions from the SAP interface for easy access by business users without the need to call EDI staff to check individual processes. This eliminates delays in problem identification and resolution, improves customer service, and reduces costs.

It is our greatest pleasure to announce our newly-founded partnership with SEEBURGER!

 

Website: www.etiah.com

Blog: blog.etiah.com

Twitter: @ETIAH

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/company/etiah-h.-enterprises-inc.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/ETIAHAmericasInc

 

 

 

Protect Your SAP Data with Managed File Transfer

Data loss costs businesses in the U.S. billions of dollars every year — more than 18 billion to be exact. And it’s not an issue that just affects a few.  On an annual basis, more than half of all businesses will lose data. That’s why solutions that prevent data loss are so fundamentally important to ensuring an organization’s future success.

SEEBURGER Managed File Transfer (SEE MFT) for SAP® is the first single, integrated file transfer solution to provide full security, governance and regulatory compliance for the transfer of large or sensitive files.  Not only does SEE MFT for SAP prevent the loss of critical business files and data being transferred in and out of SAP and other applications, it also provides an audit trail that even Hansel and Gretel would envy.

So go ahead and believe.  Because while data loss is as real as it gets — secure, efficient file transfers are now available.  SEE MFT for SAP is your complete solution for files transfer management, and as part of the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite it’s already optimized for trading partner management and supply chain operations. Learn more today by reading the white paper.