Business Integration

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 It’s outdated, and simply not equipped to ensure secure file transfer in the face of today’s modern IT landscape.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 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. 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

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.