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Onboarding: How to Capture Your ROI After the Deployment

business meetingby: John Applegate

So you’ve done sufficient due diligence during the software acquisition to have confidence that the solution will meet your technical requirements and the solution has been deployed.  Now what?  Job #1 is to focus on meeting business objectives.  Here are three motivating factors that should drive your focus.

Focus on Business Objectives

  1. Capture Revenue:  You want to do business with your customers in new ways but your legacy platform(s) are preventing you from on-boarding them or supporting the business model effectively.  You need to get them on the new platform …fast.    The new system must provide rich features and capabilities.  For example, direct support for all data formats, dynamic routing capabilities, communication protocols available allows you to say ‘yes’, we can do that…today. This translates into faster time to revenue.  And ultimately, this agility will make you more competitive to win more business.
  2. Mitigate Risk: Your new platform provides security that ensures data is protected from loss and that sensitive data is protected.  It enforces compliance with external and internal security controls for transparency and visibility, and industry compliance standards like PCI-DSS and customer SLAs. It also supports business continuity. In a 24/7 financial world, your business needs to be up and running at all times.
  3. Reduce Costs: The solution you choose should not only improve operations, but should also help cut costs.  The new platform will make you more efficient in how you support customers.  For example, you should be able to offer self-service value-add capabilities such as track-and-trace visibility for internal business users (or even customers themselves to eliminate delays, improve customer relations, and cut down on laborious support activities that are a bottleneck.  Additionally, shutting down the legacy platform saves operational and license/maintenance costs.

Accelerating the migration off of your legacy platform and building a methodology for on-boarding will make this promised ROI a reality.  During the vendor selection process, the vendor’s solution for migration is equally as important as the technology itself.  It’s imperative that the vendor has the tools and experience to *finish* your migration….not just start it.  And be skeptical; not all vendors can deliver on their promise.  Without the ability to actually conclude your migration, the shiny new platform will sit idle and your customers are stuck on the old platform with continued costs, risks and bottlenecks.

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SEEBURGER Virtual Summit- Trends in Business Integration and Secure File Transfer

SEEBURGER-Virtual-Summit-websitebuttonsTime and again, our customers have requested the opportunity to get together with other SEEBURGER users to share ideas, learn from experiences and discover best practices. As such, we are pleased to announce our first ever Virtual Summit on October 23, from noon to 3 pm eastern time.

As we were building out the agenda, we realized that we had so much great content and information to share that we decided to open up the event to all individuals interested in learning more about business integration, secure file transfer and best practices for SAP. This half day event will have 3 parallel tracks in order to address the different needs of IT, Security, and Supply Chain professionals. We will cover topics like Trading Partner Collaboration and Enablement, future trends in EDI and B2B, Cloud, DLP and much more.

We are also excited to have a number of SEEBURGER partners participating in this summit. They will be on board to share with you their knowledge and best practices. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from and interact with experts from HP, Code Green Networks , Freudenberg IT  and others to name a few.

What makes this online event very different from a webinar, is that it’s a totally interactive experience. Think of it like going to a conference and tradeshow, but from the comfort of your desk.  You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, interact with attendees, visit sponsor booths and participate in group chats on a number of industry topics. One of the live chat sessions is a unique opportunity to interact with SEEBURGER’s CTO and Head of R&D, Michael Kleeberg. This will be a fantastic opportunity for you to hear about future developments, ask technology questions, or simply ask for tips for how to take your enterprise to the next level.

The event will open with a panel discussion, hosted by our SVP of Global Strategy, Rohit Khanna. Together with industry experts from HP, Wipro and others, Rohit will cover topics of Big Data, Mobility and Cloud, including impacts and challenges to improving B2B integration and file transfer.

To learn more about the agenda and to register, visit our registration center. You will receive a confirmation email once your registration has been processed. Make sure to visit the Virtual Summit environment a week before the live event to take advantage of some of the pre-event course work that will be available. You’ll have the opportunity to get some in-depth information about secure file transfer, B2B integration and SAP best practices. This will also be a great time to fill out your profile, to take full advance of the networking opportunities this event has to offer.

We look forward to seeing you at the SEEBURGER Virtual Summit!  Register Now!



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.

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SAPinsider covers eight great reasons to modernize B2B architecture

SAPinsider 1.2013B2B integration architecture needs a makeover. When it comes to whether or not it meets the demands of a modern business, many are simply not passing the test. All too often businesses still rely on a veritable soup of integration technology—which is expensive and lacks features like SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

Furthermore, a recent analyst survey discovered that more than half of IT managers find legacy B2B landscapes problematic in terms of integrating EDI, supporting partners without EDI capabilities and a whole lot more. As illustrated in the new SAPinsider, here’s a sneak peak at four of the top reasons to modernize B2B architecture:

  1. Eliminate “Integration Spaghetti”
    Spaghetti belongs on a dinner plate. A jumbled mix of B2B components must accommodate various encryption requirements, new protocols, partners and more.
  2. Integrate File Transfer Functionality
    Would you buy one car for work and another for errands? Nope—makes as much sense as one B2B infrastructure for managed file transfer and another for EDI/B2B.
  3. Conquer B2B-related Big Data
    No one wants to go swimming in data, and respondents in one recent survey ranked EDI/B2B supplier community data as one of the most difficult types to work with.
  4. Strengthen Data Security
    Legacy B2B systems lack modern security features that enforce policies, notify of failures and more. Using Web services to transfer files only exacerbates the security gap.

To learn more and read the full list of the eight top reasons legacy B2B has got to go, check out “Does Your B2B Architecture Pass the Test?” in the latest issue of SAPinsider.



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.


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.




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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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.

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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