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SAPinsider article sheds light on supply chain troubleshooting

lost expressionThings like locating a customer order or figuring out why it didn’t ship in an ERP or SAP system can be, well, pretty much a mess. It can take hours to answer simple questions, concerning customers, stalling supply chains, and costing a bundle in labor costs and missed SLA deadline penalties. A little Q&A will illustrate this a bit more.

Q. Can’t I just rely on my ERP system?

A. The reality is you can’t. In fact it’s estimated that IT and ERP staff likely spend as much as half their time troubleshooting B2B processing problems.

Q. Why do ERP systems cause problems?

A. They lack central B2B process visibility and store messages separately from business documents. Even SAP systems can store documents in up to 10 different applications.

Q. What are the real world consequences?

A. It can take hours to research problems, increase overhead, damage your customer relationships, cause you to miss SLA deadlines and create production outages.

Q. So what’s the solution?

A. You need to find a way to speed up the troubleshooting process and make it possible for non-technical users to resolve problems as well. A proper SAP add-on can do this.

As a longtime SAP business integration partner, SEEBURGER’s Monitor for SAP comes as an integrated, preconfigured add-on that provides centralized visibility into B2B processes. It’s easy to use even for the non-technical user, as it’s displayed next to your SAP screen and features the SAP interface you’re used to.

Read the SAPinsider article today, and make supply chain monitoring working for you—not against you.

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.

 

 

A View From The Channel – Part II

Guest blogger, Michelle Jones.  Vice President Global Channels & Alliances

My last post addressed the need for software vendors and channel partners to adapt to changing market conditions, industry regulations, technology landscapes and ever-shifting customer requirements. My take of “adapt or be left behind” has proven true.  In the few short months since that post we’ve seen significant acquisition activity among vendors (and between partners of vendors), endless debate/discussion regarding the risks and opportunities of social business, growth on all fronts “cloud” and  massive attention to the resulting privacy implications.

So what does this mean?  It means that focus is more important today than ever before.  Before hopping on the latest buzzword bandwagon, companies should look at their core competencies- be it technology, consulting, services- and determine how to leverage the new forces at play to make them the best they can be.  Most importantly, keep your compass pointed to customer value.  In my opinion, all roads must lead there.

I am in no way suggesting businesses do not innovate-  innovation is key to the success of any company working with technology.  It does, however, mean do not get distracted by the next shiny thing that emerges for it may prove to be fad vs. future.

Do your homework and remember, your customers and partners chose to do business with you for a reason.  Validate their choice of you as their trusted partner with constant innovation, investment, improvement and modernization of what you do best.  Then exploit new technologies and methods of deployment, strengthen relationships via all channels possible and never forget the end game- customer value. Read more

Will Core ERP Ever Move to the Cloud?

by Dennis Gaughan, Gartner Anlayst

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Gartner’s acquisition of AMR Research. In many ways, I can’t believe an entire year has gone by; it’s gone very quickly. One of the striking differences between AMR past and Gartner present is just the “virtual-ness” of the workplace. Given that most AMR analysts were located in Boston, a lot of our discussion and debate happened in a conference room, which is just not possible in such a large organization. That is not to say those conversations never happen at Gartner, quite the opposite. They just occur on the phone 95% of the time. I bring this up because we had some interesting discussion on the phone the other day about the potential adoption of ERP in the cloud, and that combined with some other data, will help influence our research agenda going in to 2011. Read more

1 SEEBURGER Named a Leader in Comprehensive Integration Solutions by Independent Research Firm

High Scores for B2B Support, Strategic Alliances, Customer Reference Checks & More

BRETTEN, GERMANY (November 22, 2010) — SEEBURGER AG announced today
that it has been named a Leader in Forrester Research Inc.’s recent evaluation of vendors offering comprehensive integration solutions (CIS) that help enterprises solve complex integration challenges. The report, “The Forrester Wave: Comprehensive Integration Solutions, Q4 2010” (November 9, 2010), recognized SEEBURGER for “leverage[ing] a strong B2B (business-to-business) story to offer a more comprehensive suite.” Read more

Supply Chain News: Latest Trends in Logistics Study from Manrodt, Holcomb IDs 5 “Undeniable Supply Chain Truths”

Annual Survey Finds Big Improvements in Inventory Turns – but Will They Hold? Strategy of being “All Things to All People” Surges

by SCDigest Editorial Staff

As always, the annual Trends and Issues in Logistics and Transportation report results were unveiled during a presentation at CSCMP’s conference in San Diego. This 19th version of the study, led by Dr. Karl Manrodt of Georgia Southern University and Dr. Mary Holcomb of the University of Tennessee, summarizes survey responses from just more than 800 supply chain and logistics practitioners across large, medium, and smaller sized companies.

As usual, the survey results were wrapped around a larger theme, which for 2010 was “The Five Undeniable Truths about the State of the Supply Chain.”

According to the report, those truths are: Read more

SEEBURGER Positioned in Visionaries Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Systematic Application Integration Projects

BRETTEN, GERMANY (November 10, 2010) — SEEBURGER AG announced today that it has been positioned in the Visionaries quadrant in Gartner’s just-published Magic Quadrant* titled “Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Systematic Application Integration Projects”, an analysis of application integration infrastructure vendors. The Magic Quadrant examines vendors whose products provide features that address the needs of systematic application-to-application (A2A), business-to-business (B2B) and cloud-based application integration projects. Read more

Go International

Written by Michael Martz
14 October 2010

As I’ve just returned from a trip to Scotland, what topic could be timelier than international EDI? It was tough enough communicating over there with both ‘sender’ and ‘receiver’ using English (we figured that if we could identify one out of five words being spoken to us, we stood a good chance of figuring out the message. That’s generally not a good approach in business). It’s exponentially more difficult when two different languages are involved. The good news is that there are already standard ‘languages’, such as X.12, EDIFACT, and XML, that can streamline the process of document exchange between partners across the world.

We didn’t do a lot of international EDI at my previous employer, but we did enough to have allowed us to identify areas of special concern when dealing with partners outside the USA. The beauty of EDI is that there’s usually a document for everything, and as long as there’s agreement on the standards, you can make some progress. That doesn’t mean it’ll be easy. As I mentioned in the past, most of our work was in connecting to customers who wanted to execute the order to pay process electronically with us. Doing that with an international customer in theory should be no different, but there are a few caveats:

– The obvious first question is…

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SEEBURGER’s 4invoice for SAP Users Adds Ready-to-Use SAP Workflows, Speeding Rollout of Automated Processing for Paper & Electronic Invoices

SEEBURGER’s 4invoice for SAP Users Adds Ready-to-Use SAP Workflows, Speeding Rollout of Automated Processing for Paper & Electronic Invoices

Purchase-to-Pay Solution Cuts 40% Off Processing Time, Runs Entirely in SAP

ATLANTA, GA, October 19, 2010 – SEEBURGER Inc.’s 4invoice, a purchase-to-pay solution that automates invoice processing for organizations using SAP Finance and SAP Materials Management, now features ready-to-use SAP workflows that can cut deployment time in half. 4invoice handles paper, fax, PDF, EDI and web invoices on a single platform that eliminates manual data entry and manual SAP posting even for non-electronic invoices, reducing overall processing time and costs by 40%.

The new templates accelerate 4invoice deployment for SAP users by avoiding weeks of costly customization typically required to define business rules for routing inbound invoices through an organization’s approval processes. Finance and/or accounting departments simply need to define business rules such as payment approval thresholds and department routing tailored to their own procedures. Read more