The phrase “easier said than done” characterizes nearly every aspect of the enterprise technology field. Real-life IT, as experienced in actual enterprise environments, can be quite challenging and complex. Yet, with the right tools and know-how, it is eminently possible to connect critical systems and make data flow to all the right places at the proper time.
SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) offers users the tools they need to network IT systems intelligently and integrate technology with across partners, customers and suppliers. It can serve as a central integration platform for a company’s entire ecosystem—performing the heavy lifting required for a truly digital business. BIS users on IT Central Station acknowledged these qualities, elevating the platform to the #1 ranking in the categories of Business-to-Business Middleware, Managed File Transfer (MFT) and Cloud Data Integration. This article offers highlights of their user experiences. Except where noted, reviewers work at organizations with more than 10,000 employees.
The SEEBURGER BIS is ranked #1 at IT Central Station in business-to-business middleware, connecting systems between companies as well as within the same organization. One aspect of BIS that’s distinctive in this context is the scale at which it functions. Andrew H., Integration Team Lead at Wincanton, for example, runs around 800,000 processes a week on BIS. These are diverse workloads, too. As he described, “There are some common interfaces here and there but, generally, it’s all bespoke to each customer, of which we have about 75 to 80 and that are changing every month. There is about a 50-50 split between internal systems talking to it and external customers sending files in.”
For Evan M., Application Manager – EDI at a transportation company with over 1,000 employees, the benefit of BIS as middleware became apparent as “our other application development folks don’t have to spend time worrying about doing that part of the project.” He noted, “I’m something like a middleman and using SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) has decreased the turnaround time on a lot of these projects.”
Support for legacy technologies also counts a great deal in the complex world of enterprise IT, as a VP of Digital Services at a tech services company found. He selected SEEBURGER over webMethods and SAP Process Integration because of support for EDI. He said, “overall, in terms of the EDI capabilities specifically, because we were mainly looking for the EDI, SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) stood out.”
Managed File Transfer (MFT)
Moving files is a big part of business integration. That is why Naresh S., Integration Specialist at a logistics company, preferred BIS as his choice for Managed File Transfer, as he explains in his review at IT Central Station. As he put it, BIS is good at “communicating between two applications, changing formats and using the required protocols.” He added, “Some might have applications which are very old and they can’t do more than FTP or SFTP. With SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) we’ve got that flexibility. We can have one site communicating in an old FTP or SFTP style, or via file transfer. And with other applications, we could have API or a web service call or some other protocol used to send information. SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) acts as an intermediary between them.”
“Before this product, we used to use a solution that required us to write code and then go through the process. It would take five to seven days for our development team to do the code, test it, and then promote it,” said an Enterprise & Tech Ops Hosting Svcs at a pharma/biotech company. For him, “The SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) MFT solution is really configuration-driven. It comes with a number of adapters for file transfers. Some of these processes, which used to take five to seven days and cost an average of $5,000 per integration, can now be done in a couple of hours because of the configuration. And they cost less than $1,000 dollars overall. We are able to do faster delivery and it’s much more robust, handling large files really well. And it does bring cost savings.”
For an SAP Global EDI Lead at a construction company, the benefit came from the fact that BIS is a multi-component platform which offers more than just EDI. He shared, “It has components with WebEDI, manages file transfer, and some other areas as well. We’ve been able to have a high-volume system, though probably not as high volume as some of the eCommerce organizations, but we’re getting up there.”
Cloud Data Integration
IT Central Station members praised BIS for its ability to perform cloud data integration tasks, which make SEEBURGER BIS the leading product also in this cloud data integration category at IT Central Station. The SAP Global EDI Lead noted, that BIS is “flexible when adding integrations.” He further explained, “We have a cloud-based service. When adding integrations, it is a single point of access. Therefore, we are looking at expanding and using additional functionality with their BIS platform.” The pharma Enterprise & Tech Ops Hosting Svcs lead related, “We use it mostly for data integration. We use a module from SEEBURGER called Managed File Transfer or MFT. We move about 30,000 to 50,000 files in a week in our company. The files are moved intra-company but they also move between our company and our external partners. We also have a bunch of stuff on Amazon. We use SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) to integrate our data center with Amazon file transfers.”
As the reviews and #1 rankings show, IT professionals are benefiting from BIS in multiple categories of enterprise technology. To learn more about what makes SEEBURGER BIS the #1 solution in our Cloud Data Integration, Managed File Transfer, and Business-to-Business Middleware categories, visit IT Central Station.
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Written by: Ayelet WexlerAyelet Wexler is a Customer Success Manager at IT Central Station, where she works closely with Enterprise Tech companies on achieving their marketing goals by using the voice of their customers. Her role uses her passion for marketing and allows her to constantly learn by speaking to interesting and smart people. Originally, from New York, Ayelet moved to Israel and graduated from Bar-Ilan University with a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.