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Evan Meyer
Real User
Application Manager - EDI at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 29 2019

What is most valuable?

The one thing about SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) that we really liked is that it's what I would call "platform independent." Most of our systems back in 2012 were on an AS/400 or iSeries… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have different application development groups within IT. My area is primarily EDI and integrations, but in some of the other areas, like HR or payroll or shipping, there's a great need to transfer… more»

What needs improvement?

The BIS Front End needs a little bit of refreshing, especially when it comes to setting up new trading partners and trading partner agreements or transactions. It can be a bit clumsy to copy and… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

All the new adapters are individually priced, which is good. You don't buy the whole system and then, if you don't use it it just sits there. You only buy the stuff you want, which is good. There are… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking to implement SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS), talk to other companies that are already using it, some that are in the same industry. That would help you feel more… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We wanted to be platform-independent from our iSeries and AS/400, and we wanted a more modern product for our EDI integrations. We looked at SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) vs IBM Sterling… more»
Naresh Shetty
Real User
Integration Specialist at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 10 2019

What is most valuable?

It's been a good tool so far. It's helped us do things which we were not able to do. Most applications nowadays are third-party applications which require data in… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It helps in communications. It's the only gateway between our client systems and any internally-hosted or cloud-hosted systems. SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS)… more»

What needs improvement?

We wanted to use API. We were told that in 6.52 we could use API management. Later on, we found that API management wasn't that completely integrated into the 6.52… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost-based model is slightly different now in SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS). They changed the licensing, based on adapters and other things. In the old… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using IBM Mercator which they now call WebSphere. The move to SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) started because at that time the company wanted to check… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice would depend on the purpose you're considering SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) for. If you are going to use it like we are using it, I would say it is… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

They went through the selection process to see what interfacing applications were available in the market.
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Maman89321
Real User
Materials Management Team Lead at a university with 10,001+ employees
Dec 18 2018

What is most valuable?

Number one, the ease of integration of the SEEBURGER product into SAP was pretty seamless. There wasn't any trouble, there weren't any complexities. SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) also… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Coming into the SAP implementation here, coming over from our legacy EDI product, at that time we had 12 EDI vendors. It took us 12 years to get those 12 vendors, due to the limitations of our legacy… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is cheap. In fact, when I saw the pricing, I thought, "Really? What's the catch?" But the functionality that we get out of it, for the price we pay, is great value.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had a legacy system called Enterprise Solutions, and it was a healthcare-specific procurement and inventory system that was born in the late 1980s. When we decided to go to SAP in the early 2000s… more»

What other advice do I have?

The first thing I would say to anyone looking at a solution is to make sure you understand your requirements. That's where you have to start with any product solution. Then, make sure you buy what you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had IBM come in and do presentations. We had Sterling Commerce come in and do presentations. And we had a conversation with SEEBURGER. IBM came in here, they sent 15 guys and tried to sell us a… more»
Michael Osiecki
Real User
Partner For Experience & E-Business at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jan 20 2019

What is most valuable?

Among the most valuable features are the EDI translator and a lot of the components which enable creating compliance sets. Having something standard, out-of-the-box, and being able to use that has… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit of using SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS), one that we like to tout right now, is the interaction of the solution's front end with the CMA module that we purchased from them… more»

What needs improvement?

They made improvements to the email error alerts that go out, for the EDI technical. Those typically go straight out to the partners. Those messages are significantly clearer and easy to read. The… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had an older version of webMethods, which was not an EDI translator. Comparing SEEBURGER BIS vs webMethods, the latter was just a communications broker. We knew we needed to switch for a long time… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to make sure you have a good, strong change-management group which can assist and help along the way. If you're not coming from something like we did, it can be a struggle getting… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There was a big list, including the IBM solution. There were six other platforms but it was three-and-a-half years ago. Both our US and Canadian operations evaluated the same companies then, and… more»
Real User
VP Digital Services at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 10 2018

What is most valuable?

In general, I think the EDI tools that SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) has are pretty robust, pretty easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

The EDI implementation that we used before took a while for us. Now we are able to do it pretty quickly. For the tool that we used to have, we had specially trained… more»

What needs improvement?

One thing that comes to mind is the service-oriented architecture. I have seen, in some of the other middleware tools, that you can create one service and then reuse it… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing, compared to the tool that we had earlier, is cheaper. The way they have their licensing structure set up, they have a lot of different modules. For us, we did not… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used to have a different solution. At the time that we bought this tool, we had also acquired another company. That company used to use a different tool. And for us, we… more»

What other advice do I have?

Training, of course, is really important. Get trained on the tool. If we could have used some of the consulting from SEEBURGER for the initial implementation, we could… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate webMethods vs SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS). And because we were doing an SAP implementation and SAP had its own middleware tool, we evaluated… more»
Real User
Enterprise & Tech Ops Hosting Svcs at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 19 2018

What is most valuable?

It's a very robust solution and it's very configurable. Before this product we would use an ESB-type of solution which required us to write code and go through a process… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

There's always room for improvement. One of them is that the product is not integrated very well with different cloud providers. We did work with the vendor to build a… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It has a very goofy pricing model in the sense that they have so many components and it's not very clear what components you require to do your work. When you ask for… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We switched mostly because of efficiency and cost reasons. Our previous solution required a lot more development and SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) is a much… more»

What other advice do I have?

The only advice I would give is to see that the industry is moving towards the cloud and this solution is an on-prem solution. The vendor does not have a cloud offering… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did a big PoC. We narrowed it down to three or four vendors and we invited all of them to come on site and demonstrate their products. We gave them a use-case scenario… more»
Lori Knox
Real User
Business Analyst at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Dec 20 2018

What is most valuable?

It has a lot of basic EDI already established for all the main users. Also, it lets me share setups that I had already set up for my first plant. I was able to use them for my second one which was… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For us, it's all been about the fact that, for the first time ever our two facilities can support each other. Before, we had completely separate systems. One was doing EDI and one wasn't and our… more»

What needs improvement?

I would've liked, from day one, to learn how to do my own mapping. It would have saved a lot of time and effort if that had been brought forward earlier. It's there, I just didn't know about it. Also… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I find the pricing expensive. But I know that when we evaluated another company, it was about the same. That just seems to be the market. It's probably not expensive overall.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We went to SEEBURGER because we needed a global solution for the first time in our company's history. Up until then, each plant used to use its own EDI solution, because we had our own ERP solution… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure your internal team has the manpower required and the knowledge, of course. It's big. It shouldn't be left up to SEEBURGER, the way I did. I made them do more work than they should have had… more»
Richard Lehane
Real User
Head of IT at a pharma/biotech company with 201-500 employees
Aug 29 2019

What is most valuable?

The automation is the most valuable feature. We have full EDI automation through SEEBURGER BIS, which has been the biggest win for us. It removes the complexity and makes the process straightforward… more»

How has it helped my organization?

What would have been a manual process of transmitting data items around between us and third-parties has been automated. SEEBURGER BIS handles the automation and mapping side of the communications… more»

What needs improvement?

The speed of development needs improvement. If you acquire any customization, it can be a slightly slow process. I would like to see more flexibility around customizations. The time frame right now… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our licensing model is based on transactions. We have a base service contract which is priced against a volume of transactions and another volume of individual transactions, which are covered by one… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were not previously using another solution. When SEEBURGER BIS came onboard, we changed our ERP systems so they were pretty much in parallel with that.

What other advice do I have?

Do your technical homework carefully to ensure that it's the right solution for you, because all solutions are slightly different in various different ways. It depends on your own back office systems… more»
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What is SEEBURGER BIS?

The SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS) is a central platform for all integration activities. It enables you to respond easily, rapidly and innovatively to your digital transformation challenges:

  • B2B integration: Network and integrate your company with any or all of your business partners.

  • API integration and API management: Establish a framework for networking all of your systems across companies in real-time.

  • Managed File Transfer (MFT) integration: Use secure and simple mechanisms for standardized intra- and cross-company data exchange processes and data integration.

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Seeburger Business Integration Suite
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