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BYOD Is Not Going Away—in fact, it’s going to explode.

BYOD-imageBring Your Own Device (BYOD) is basically an official, unofficial or unwanted policy of employees bringing their own mobile devices to work to use for work purposes. They use their devices to access confidential company applications, data and files. BYOD exposes companies to significant risk. But it also offers companies significant opportunities. As far as the trend goes, employers are finding it next to impossible to stop it. When it comes to how you approach BYOD, you essentially have two options.

Ignore it

1)  What can happen?
You’re exposing yourself to data breach risks, as well as potential regulatory non-compliance. You are also inadvertently sending a strong message to your employees that you find them too untrustworthy for BYOD and they should just accept the burden of managing multiple devices.

2)  Next steps:
Self-explanatory

Deal with it

1)  What can happen?
BYOD offers the potential to cut costs on the money you spend on mobile devices, including smartphones, laptops and tablets. You also increase employee morale by telling them you trust them to use personal devices for the benefit of the company. You are a flexible employer.

2)  Next steps:
Put a solution in place that will ensure company data is secure from unauthorized data breach.

If you choose to accept the future of BYOD, you need a way to secure your data when it’s on employee’s personal devices. That’s where a solution like SEEBURGER SEE FX Mobile comes in. Considering we’re the recent Info Security Product Guide Awards gold winner in the BYOD category (our fourth award since its inception), you’d be hard pressed to find a better solution for mobile data security on employee’s devices. SEE FX Mobile allows users and the business to:

  • Access files on the SEE FX server on the go without a laptop
  • Subscribe to and synchronize the latest versions of files automatically
  • Enforce corporate and regulatory security policies for mobile users
  • Maintain a complete, integrated audit trail of all file exchanges

As a component of our SEEBURGER MFT solution (which is offered on a low monthly subscription basis or through a traditional license) SEE FX Mobile is a free downloadable mobile app—can’t beat that. And with clients like Keurig owner Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the world’s largest investor-owned energy provider and the largest financial services firm in Northern Europe, it’s a tried-and-true solution that major companies know they can depend on. Learn more today by visiting our SEE FX Mobile and SEE MFT solution centers.

 

5 Major Risks of Operating with a Legacy IT Infrastructure

risk manMany companies run a mix of point solutions acquired on a piecemeal basis for EDI, B2B integration and file transfer. These applications are expensive and complex to manage and lack advanced capabilities such as visibility enabled by integration with enterprise applications. Other risks and downsides of running legacy B2B and file transfer solutions:

  1.  A lack of functionality and visibility in older infrastructure limits the organization’s ability to comply with governmental and/or industry mandates (for security, auditability and reporting, for example). In certain industries, such as health care, strict data privacy and confidentiality regulations are difficult to comply with, absent a modern platform. Other industries—high tech is one—have their own standards, such as RosettaNet. It can be prohibitively expensive to comply with these standards with an out-of-date infrastructure. Meanwhile, to meet regulatory mandates such as Dodd-Frank or Basel III, financial services companies need secure file transfer systems that provide the necessary functionality to be compliant. What’s more, the lack of functionality in older platforms limits the ability to support changing trading partner requirements. Often, the need to support a newer technology or protocol requires upgrading to a new platform.
  2. The costs and risks of supporting disparate systems and solutions are notorious. Companies that operate a mixture of products often have done point integration, leading to “spaghetti infrastructure”—a proliferation of manually connected systems and applications, understood by only a few people in the organization, aiming to handle  structured and unstructured data such as marketing materials, financial information and design documents. The cost of continuing to operate this way grows ever higher as the people who understand the connections retire or move on to other positions.
  3. Existing software faces end of life. Software vendors end their support of application and technology versions on a regular basis. Once these applications are retired, many vendors no longer offer support or version updates to meet B2B standards. They may require costly professional service engagements for any type of support, and even those may be curtailed.
  4. Companies that don’t reevaluate their IT roadmaps in light of technological developments and new hardware and software offerings at least every three to five years risk missing major opportunities to innovate and increase efficiencies.
  5. Redundant resources, rather than a staff trained on a single-platform solution, are required to operate multiple point solutions.

For more information, read CIO Magazine’s whitepaper “Reduce Enterprise Risk by Implementing One Platform for Secure and Efficient Data Transfer” and then visit our business integration resource center.

 

 

Top 10 Benefits of Using a Single Platform for Transactions of All Types

flying filesSignificant business benefits come with replacing outdated, disparate systems with a single platform that can handle all types of data transfer securely and reliably. First, the following benefits are associated with using a single platform for transferring both structured and unstructured data:

  1. Reduces risk, cuts operating costs, improves customer service, shortens time to market
  2. Speeds value to the business
  3. Streamlines, protects and accelerates supply chain processes and business operations
  4. Speeds up onboarding of trading partners—even those with limited technology or expertise
  5. Reduces the threat of data’s being misdirected, late, lost or stolen
  6. Ensures compliance with government, industry and customer privacy and security mandates

Then there are the benefits associated with increased visibility :

  1. “Single source of the truth.” It is difficult to get accurate answers and insights when data resides in multiple systems. Say, for example, a customer sends an inquiry about the status of an order that came in a few days ago. If the customer service agent has to go to multiple systems to piece together an answer, there are many opportunities for inaccuracy and inefficiency to creep in. Having a single platform means that employees need to check only one place to get an answer—increasing speed and accuracy, both of which boost customer satisfaction and confidence. Companies can also elect to give their customers and trading partners access to the same data their internal people use, an added bonus.
  2. Consistent capabilities, so employees won’t get stranded, unable to reach an answer because they are on the wrong system.
  3. Consolidated database for reporting and a single place for all the information on what happened with transactions, including file transfers and orders. As noted above, having answers reside in one place makes life easier for employees, customers and trading partners.
  4. Consistent interface within the application. When the vendor writes the application with full functionality from the ground up, having a consistent interface is a major benefit. Some vendors cobble together a solution from a variety of point applications, which adds to the training burden and often hampers usability.

For more information, read CIO Magazine’s whitepaper “Reduce Enterprise Risk by Implementing One Platform for Secure and Efficient Data Transfer” and then visit our business integration resource center

 

Trouble in Paradise for Risk Management and Banking

regulatory complianceWhoever passed around the memo about aligning IT with the business apparently forgot to give it to people who work at banks. A recent article from Forbes goes so far as to say many business leaders feel “disdain” towards their IT risk management staff, and that those same IT staffers are pretty frustrated with budgetary constraints and what they see as a lack of clear direction. Banks have to work pretty hard these days. With service demand growth gradually decreasing and regulations like Basel III increasing, banks have to make liquidity work harder—while implementing solutions just in time to avoid penalties. Part of the problem is that many banks and financial services companies continue to rely on legacy tools that are just not suited to address today’s needs. Promising technology solutions exists outside the traditional IT risk managementbox. An ideal solution incorporates dispersed data that is aggregated from a central in-memory database host. Unlike a single centralized in-memory database solution, this will best serve the needs of different banking units, while also preventing the massive build-up of pressure that would occur on a single system. Considering a major bank may spend half a billion dollars on regulatory compliance, it’s easy to see why fingers can start pointing when things don’t go according to plan. And while it clearly sucks to be “disdained,” the situation offers risk management staffers an amazing opportunity to turn it all around by presenting the case for new solutions that generate business value. Visit our Financial Services Solution Center to learn more.

By: Ian Goldsmith

Industry leader consolidates and says “take this EDI spaghetti!”

One of the North America’s leading telecommunications companies had a problem. After corporate restructuring, it needed to tell a patchwork network of legacy EDI system to take a hike—but didn’t quite know how to do it. The company needed to consolidate onto an efficient, cost-effective EDI/B2B platform, which ultimately lead it to the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (SEE BIS).

The EDI problem

The company’s three fragmented, outdated EDI/B2B landscapes were initially merged using a wide range of disparate solutions. This overly diversified environment let to redundant processes, a more than ample chunk of overhead and a problem finding experienced personnel for each individual solution.

The EDI solution

The company was attracted by SEE BIS’ robust and cohesive feature set, including comprehensive global support, extensive functionality, multiple language support, pre-built components and more. SEE BIS’ unified integration with SAP also met the company’s need for seamless data exchange on the SAP platform.

The end result

The company found SEEBURGER modernization and consolidation to be of incredible value. In fact, it saved almost 50 percent of EDI costs upon consolidating the systems on SEE BIS. Besides better security that attracted partners and suppliers, and more internal transaction message control, the company:

  • Consolidated its EDI infrastructure into one data center
  • Achieved a 60 percent reduction in software licensing costs
  • Achieved a 30 percent reduction in VAN charges
  • Cut message tracking time from hours to five minutes

Something to consider

How does the idea of potentially cutting your EDI costs in half sound? Pretty nice, eh? Well then take the first step by visiting our modernization and consolidation solution center today to learn more.

SAPInsider article looks at B2B consolidation and modernization projects

Outdated B2B systems are holding a number of companies back today, and many don’t even know it. So try this. Imagine a scenario in which you spend 50 percent less than you used to on B2B-related administrative costs, and exchange data with your business partners using built-in enterprise application integration capabilities.

If this is only a fantasy and doesn’t describe your current situation, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about consolidating and modernizing your B2B environment. That’s where our new SAPInsider article can come in handy. It takes a look at the pressures companies with legacy B2B systems often face, the benefits modernization and consolidation projects can provide, and the requirements of a successful project.

Couple the fact a recent study found companies must reprioritize their B2B strategies with the reality that legacy B2B platforms are crippling the companies that use them — and the value of holistic, integrated business platforms becomes more apparent. A successful B2B modernization and consolidation project is the key to remaining competitive in today’s market.

Modernization and consolidation: true business partner integration

While originally implemented to solve problems and save money – outdated legacy B2B integration systems now create problems and waste money.

When integration systems first came out ─ they were a major hit. They made it possible for companies to connect with customers, vendors, financial institutions and other business partners efficiently.

Unfortunately, the increasing number of expansions, mergers and acquisitions in today’s global corporate world is rapidly causing those standalone, site-specific B2B integration systems to become obsolete. What once was revolutionary is now holding many companies back.

Outdated B2B architecture is no longer competitive

 

Companies with many standalone solutions are quickly losing ground in today’s dynamic and competitive environment. Organizations worldwide are coming to the conclusion that old, complex B2B platforms are reducing their ability to remain competitive. These legacy systems:

  • Require manual intervention
  • Need constant monitoring and maintenance
  • Hinder the efficient flow of data
  • Are expensive and prone to errors

A Forrester study of EDI and B2B applications found that 80 percent of IT managers planned to consolidate their B2B systems over the coming year. The researchers also concluded that B2B integration is a vital component of customer service. Automated supplier communication is essential if orders are to be processed quickly ─ and clearly ─ companies with flexible, innovative systems have the advantage.

Need for B2B consolidation reaches urgent levels

 

While most companies are aware of the problems caused by disparate B2B technologies, many are simply biding their time when it comes to consolidation. What they often don’t realize is a “wait it out” mentality is costing them dearly. They’re losing money and the ability to remain competitive.

An AMR Research International study of ERP and B2B integration found that 47 percent of companies increased their B2B capacity as a result of projects like introducing SAP ERP or migrating data from a legacy SAP system. But many of these companies are failing to adequately prepare for the changes.

They tend to underestimate the time, resources and other requirements involved in B2B consolidation, and fail to carry out adequate testing before introducing ERP. Poor B2B connectivity can have serious consequences like the loss of production.

Advantages of progressive B2B solutions

 

Let’s break it down. The biggest costs of outdated B2B systems to your business are:

  • Software
  • Maintenance
  • Server operations
  • Human resources

That’s where consolidation comes in. Consolidating existing EDI and B2B solutions onto a single platform is the ideal way to save money by eliminating the need for human intervention and maintenance, and minimizing software and power supply costs. A progressive B2B solution will not only save you money, but will support your needs as your business grows and evolves.

It will also allow you to integrate easily with applications like CRM and partner ERP systems, as well as advance to the highest level of secure enterprise file transfer ─ Managed File Transfer (MFT) ─ which provides comprehensive control of the file transfer process.

Taking the risk out of system modernization

 

Companies must consider a number of factors to prevent problems when they’re ready to take the next step and consolidate and modernize their B2B landscape. That’s why it’s critical to ensure that the chosen solution provider offers not only the best integration technology ─ but also in-depth knowledge of commercial and logistical processes. SEEBURGER has a seven-point plan to ensure successful migration to a modern B2B platform.

B2B integration solutions differ widely in the number of formats they can handle. The more trusted and stable the offering, the greater the depth of process integration and the greater the breadth of communication media. The chosen solution should also follow a holistic B2B strategy.

Leading B2B suppliers also offer reliable analysis tools in order to prevent problems before they happen. When the right supplier is selected, companies can rest assured that data will be transferred safely and cost effectively. Then consolidation and modernization can begin taking their business to the next level.

 

For more information, visit www.seeburger.com

Consolidation — the path to modernization

Today’s CIO knows that the key to efficient IT is modernization, innovation and risk reduction. With such an overwhelming array of MFT, B2B and EAI environment products and solutions available on the market today, the answer is consolidation. For more than 25 years, SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (SEE BIS) been trusted by more than 8,500 customers across the globe to help them achieve that goal.

  • Leading Technology Company: This global computer manufacturer was able to replace multiple products with the end-to-end platform of SEE BIS — something none of our competitors were able to do. The replaced products cost $510 thousand annually before administrative expenses.
  • Automotive Supplier: As one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, Magna wanted to consolidate its global information network. SEE BIS allowed Magna to cut costs by supporting consolidation of all formats and business processes with complete integration in six months.
  • Retailer: One of Switzerland’s largest retailers, Coop was able to meet the demand set by a rapid doubling of EDI partners and processes with SEE BIS. The solution met Coop’s OS requirements and enabled direct integration with sister companies through various BIS integration points.

With just a single platform, SEE BIS provides 100 percent integration. Learn more today by reading our complimentary white paper, Modernization and Consolidation of Existing B2B Landscapes.

Achieving Cost Savings with a Consolidation Strategy

Today’s CIOs share similar challenges, regardless of vertical industry, geographic location or company size:

  1. Cost Reduction
  2. Drive Core Revenue – making IT a revenue center rather than cost center
  3. Reducing Risk

These problems can be addressed with the following solutions:

  1. Consolidation to reduce costs
  2. Modernization to drive revenue
  3. Data security to reduce risk

Today, I want to share with you some information about the cost reduction that can be achieved with the right Consolidation and Modernization strategy.

We interviewed a global sampling of our customers to learn how they stay competitive in today’s economy.  The findings show that by consolidating and modernizing their EDI/B2B along with file transfer technologies on a single unified platform like the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS), they were able to cut application and project costs by up to 80% while maintaining high levels of satisfaction of internal and external partners*.

These well run companies also achieved the following savings by modernizing their EDI/B2B and large file transfer environments:

  • Operating and maintenance staff costs                             50%
  • Creating new B2B/EDI interfaces                                      65%
  • Software maintenance costs                                              60%
  • Search costs (status, errors, document tracking)              96%
  • Transfer costs                                                                     30%

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing practical tips for how you can achieve similar savings for your organization, grow your business and reduce risks.  In the meantime, for more information, pls visit us at www.seeburger.com/modernization-consolidation

* (Survey done with International automobile suppliers, ODETTE conference, 2011).

A perfect pair. SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite and SAP

Many of us today are managing a wide selection of business integration, file transfer and process management software and applications. Like a poker hand with a bunch of ill-matched cards, a wide range of IT solutions from different companies just won’t get you where you need to be. Instead, a grab bag of solutions tends to leave you inflexible. It’s costly to maintain and manage, and not likely to integrate well with SAP.

SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (SEE BIS) is a centralized integration platform that lowers operating costs, improves customer satisfaction and alleviates risks. Along with a precision-engineered platform and complete set of integration tools, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing SEEUBURGER is a long-time strategic SAP partner. SEE BIS provides:

• Pre-defined, standardized SAP solutions and content on a single platform
• Real-time, relevant information from a central location in SAP
• Industry-specific content and components that support SAP best practices

Visit our solution page to learn more about risk-free modernization and consolidation. Discover what SEE BIS can do to meet your SAP integration needs — and more.

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