Business Integration

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!

 

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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.

Find Zen. File security can buy peace of mind.

Many of us long for less stressful workdays.  We want things to run smoothly and efficiently.  Yet many CIOs and business users have nagging doubts about how secure company data is.  Forrester found that 81 percent of senior IT managers need heightened file transfer security options.  Our survey about data and file sharing practices at 200 companies also showed that security is the number one concern of CIOs.

Many of the businesses we surveyed were exposed to risk, and compliance with security mandates often fell short.  They often relied on FTP, email and flash drives that lack the policy, governance and tracking capabilities needed for true security.  That brings me to Managed File Transfer (MFT).  Using a holistic approach to data security that takes unique business needs into account, MFT supports the secure transfer of critical business data. It enables:

  • Collaboration: Files and data are shared in a system that offers a single view of all file transfer activity.  Users can still “send” files from Outlook, for example, but data is transferred through the system.
  • Data sharing: Files can be shared with both internal and external business partners and customers.  Whether human to human, human to system, or system to system, the sharing process is simplified.
  • Cost savings: Replacing a tangled web of FTP servers and Web-based services reduces administrative overhead.  Plus, eliminating the need for CDs, flash drives, paper and more really adds up over time.

In our discussions with many best-run companies, we’ve found that MFT is still a pretty new concept that needs explaining.  That’s why we’ve created a simple and straightforward infographic that provides a visual overview of how MFT works.  It also highlights some of our key research findings.  After you check out the infographic, I encourage you to visit our MFT solutions page for access to white papers, videos, case studies and more. It’s time to get your peace of mind back.

Download a pdf of the infographic

Not just another file transfer solution

The Web. Email. FTP. SFTP. With so many ways to share files these days, it might seem a little redundant to throw another method into the mix. SEEBURGER Managed File Transfer (SEE MFT) for SAP is anything but redundant though. It’s the first comprehensive solution for managing file transfers in and out of SAP to work directly with SAP Netweaver — and it has plenty to offer. Among other things, SEE MFT for SAP:

  • Protects data. You decide who gets to access what, and can track files from point A to point B.
  • Ensures compliance. Enjoy end-to-end visibility, a full audit trail and built-in policy management.
  • Saves money. Now personnel spend time on critical business and IT tasks, not babysitting files.

Don’t delay securing your SAP data. You will reap many benefits by implementing a managed file transfer strategy. Customer service can be easier and more consistent. Compliance can be assured. New partner on-boarding doesn’t have to be a major headache. Want to know how SEEP MFT for SAP can help? Read the recent press release.

Order-to-Cash Solution Extension for SAP®: Ask the Expert!

Order-to-Cash has been a sore spot for many supply chain companies due to a heavy dependence on manual data entry and paper hard copies. When a lot of orders come in, the process is costly. Recently we sat down with Thomas Ebert, SEEBURGER BU Head, Discrete Industries, to discuss the SEEBURGER Order-to-Cash (OTC) Solution Extension for SAP.

Q.         Order-to-Cash Process – Why is improving or accelerating so important for the success of a business?

A.         Despite the fact we live in a very technical world today, many orders still come in on paper or via email. This creates a lot of work for companies. An Order-to-Cash SAP solution extension helps standardize and automate the process so it won’t matter what kind of orders you receive. This is really important, because traditionally orders require manual checking for missing information and so forth. This requires a lot of resources.

Q.        Order-to-Cash Process – What have you observed about the cost to businesses of inefficiencies in the process?

A.         I’ve seen us cut costs and accelerate the process for the more than 70 percent of incoming sales orders that are still manually entered. With such a high volume, you have a good opportunity to cut these costs and accelerate the process through automation. The SEEBURGER Order-to-Cash SAP Solution enables us to save you time and significantly reduce costs.

Q.         What about Order-to-Cash solutions that operate outside of SAP?

A.         There are some companies that have Order-to-Cash solutions, but none of them do it completely inside SAP like ours does. We see a lot of customers who have run those solutions that now want to consolidate onto one system. With our solution, everything you need is within the SAP system you already use every day. This means also there’s little need for training, because the users are already familiar with SAP.

Q.        What is it like for the user once information goes into SAP?

A.         On the technical side, the user starts one transaction in SAP and completes it on a central screen in SAP. Our solution guides you step by step through the whole Order-to-Cash process. Of course, many business users already know SAP’s usual functions. But SAP has a lot of different work steps and transactions. What we do is provide something like a guided tour.

Q.        So what is the top benefit for IT managers? 

A.         It’s standard software available as an SAP add-on. You can install it within standard SAP without the need for additional third-party software, an industry solution, CPG, or whatever. Once you pay the maintenance fee you’ll always receive updates and future new releases for free.

Q.        What are the benefits for the person who has responsibility for the supply chain business process?

A.         I can’t state enough that the biggest benefit for business users at the end of the day is time and cost reduction. A massive reduction of the manual handling of paper-based orders saves a lot. Also, it’s a nice to be able to say to trading partners and customers “hey, send me your order online, in an email, on paper, etc. It doesn’t matter — I have the solution.” Easy orders make for better business.

The SEEBURGER Order-to-Cash Solution Extension for SAP is a best practice solution that reduces process costs and the time spent processing orders. It provides seamless optimization and transparency of the Order-to-Cash process — from order receipt, to delivery, to invoicing. Visit our SAP extensions solution center to learn more.