BIS as Integration Platform
The Business Integration Server (BIS) is the main component of the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite – a state-of-the-art SOA-based solution that acts as the central process control unit for transferring data with any partner and system.
The BIS is a Java EE application, and as such it is OS-independent and available on a wide range of platforms. For smooth, high-performance operation, the BIS is designed to handle both high-availability and high-load scenarios.
The BIS supports the entire process cycle by providing you with powerful and effective tools to assist you from the process modeling stage through implementation and all the way to execution and monitoring.
Integrated, high-performance process modeling tools give users the option of modeling their business-critical business processes. These might, for example, be internal integration processes or complex B2B processes integrated into the supply chain. For process modeling, the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite uses state-of-the-art BPEL, and as such ensures the full support of web services within these processes.
Because modeling has been divided into a process level and a technical implementation level, it is possible for areas such as purchasing, sales and logistics to be included when drawing up integration or B2B/EDI processes, and for their actions to be incorporated directly into the modeling process as a template.
Exchanging data via a range of technical channels – referred to as messaging – is a vital element in any integration scenario. From the internal integration of various applications through to connections with external partners in B2B/EDI scenarios, messaging always has a key role to play.
SEEBURGER BIS supports every major format of structured data – including all XML dialects (e.g. GS1 XML, GUSI, RosettaNet, CIDX, PapiNet, SEPA and SAP IDOC-XML) – and every standardized electronic document format and its derivatives: ANSI X.12 (including VICS and UCS), TRADACOMS and EDIFACT (including all derivatives such as EANCOM, ODETTE and VDA). Non-standardized formats such as INHOUSE and CSV are also fully supported, and the BIS platform can also handle unstructured data formats like PDF and various Office formats.
For maximum transparency and clarity in regards to various integration relationships and partner relationships, the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite provides integrated trading partner/system management (TPM). This hierarchically constructed TPM function supports the swift, easy management of all the established partner and integration relationships on the system.
One particularly valuable function offered by the TPM is a comprehensive reference base, with preconfigured system and partner profiles with all the key parameters.
Integration processes often involve accessing and exchanging business-critical documents and confidential data. For this reason, they are becoming more and more of a focus in legal regulations and internal guidelines governing the handling of such important data (IT governance and compliance).
The SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite provides a flexible rules framework , making it possible to meet regulatory requirements in the context of automated integration and exchange processes. This means that access rights and rules can be configured precisely, and all processes seamlessly recorded and logged. As such, the full spectrum of legal provisions are covered, from archiving through to e-invoicing.
With SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite, in the event of an internal or external audit, you will always be able to demonstrate complete transparency in your processes and the various forms of access these processes entail.
To maintain constant and complete transparency of business-critical integration processes, you require sophisticated monitoring and reporting capabilities. The SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite supplies monitoring software and reporting services to ensure this transparency, in terms of both systems and departments involved.
This monitoring helps the user to identify errors or critical system statuses, get to the root cause and safely fix them. There is also full support for generating individual reports on the integration processes.
With its web-based user interface, the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite also creates transparency for the various departments and external partners, by quickly providing them with important information about the flow of the documents within the system.
A unique “target monitoring” feature enables business users to define key events that should occur within a specified timeframe; e.g. the sales department expects to receive at least five orders per month from customer X. The system will monitor all transactional activity, and if the targeted event does not occur, then the system will issue an alert. This proactive approach to document monitoring minimizes the risk that may be associated with critical partner communications.