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Butterball is No Turkey When it Comes to EDI

gearsAmerica’s largest producer of turkey products takes business and technology pretty seriously. With seven plants and $2 billion in annual sales, Butterball doesn’t have time to mess around. That’s why the company decided it was time to give its legacy EDI system a last supper and adopt the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite.

Butterball discussed their experience with the migration of legacy EDI technology and the integration with SAP during a recent presentation at the SAPPHIRE ASUG Annual Conference. In short, the company has been able to execute multiple integration projects since adopting the software, streamline business processes and use SAP’s ALE integration layer to significantly reduce project development time.

Butterball’s journey started in 2010, when the company realized its EDI system wasn’t cutting it. It couldn’t handle the workload, couldn’t meet partner’s demand for complex integrations and couldn’t onboard new trading partners efficiently. The company saw a rise in EDI error rates, which put it at risk of processing and shipping delays. Something had to be done.

So Butterball turned to the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) to solve those problems and increase the value of its SAP deployment. Thanks to a 40 percent increase in customer EDI enablement, shorter rush order turnaround and more customer services, Butterball was also able to reduce costs.

Visit our SEEBURGER BIS Solution Center today to learn about best practices in SAP.

 

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The company’s three fragmented, outdated EDI/B2B landscapes were initially merged using a wide range of disparate solutions.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.

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.

 

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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Modernization and Consolidation Webinar: A leading supplier’s journey

SAPInsider Webinar on Consolidating and Modernizing B2B/EDI Applications

An outdated, legacy B2B/EDI system is a tangled web that can really drain resources and hold a company back. Such was the case at Magna International, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers. It needed an effective way to streamline and more efficiently connect with customers, trading partners, financial institutions and others.

By consolidating and modernizing its B2B and FTP landscape onto a central platform, Magna was able to create greater efficiencies, cut costs and increase its competitive edge. The company now has true operational transparency, and a high level of performance that can grow with the business — as its chosen solution provides tried-and-true best practices and high performance in a user-friendly system.

Watch the free SAPInsider on-demand webinar to learn more about Magna’s journey, and about modernizing and consolidating your own business integration environment. Magna International’s EDI Systems Manager Scott Brunlow, and Dave Sufecool, Director of Solutions Architects at SEEBURGER, will let you in on what you need to know.

The Modernization and Consolidation Webinar is part of the SAPInsider Webinar Series.  Visit our blog for additional information and resources related to Modernization and Consolidation.

Major benefits of new SAP best practices – Supply Chain Monitor for SAP

SAP is a wonderful supply chain management application. But what good are insight and problem solving capabilities if only your IT department and EDI specialists can access them? A gap in the supply chain management process leads to higher costs, long wait times and customer service problems — the ultimate triad of business problems. You could also be violating SLAs. This means fines, penalties and lost business.

The fact is business departments need insight into the B2B supply chain without having to rely on busy IT resources. With the supply chain management best practice solution, the SEEBURGER B2B/SCM Monitor for SAP, you’ll get:

  • Real-time problem resolution: Business users can access information in real-time without taking up the time of an IT or EDI specialist. You’ll be able to provide better customer service, faster.
  • Transparency: Business users will also be able to access complete, current insight into transactions progressing through SAP. You’ll see accountability and response times improve.
  • Collaboration: Business and IT users now access the same view of transactions with centralized monitoring within SAP. You’ll enjoy faster resolutions, higher quality data and more efficiency.

Read our new white paper today to learn more about these best practices and to take a more in-depth look at the business problem and its solution — SEEBURGER B2B/SCM Monitor for SAP.

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.

 

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