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DATA CONVERSION. DATA MAPPING. DATA MANIPULATION. TRANSFER YOUR DATA TO YOUR TARGET SYSTEM. NO CROSSING YOUR FINGERS. NO HOLDING YOUR BREATH. NO WORRIES. WITH LOBSTER_DATA.
  • One tool for EAI. EDI. MFT. Industry 4.0 & IOT strategies
  • No programming & no scripting
  • Intuitive HTML5 interface
  • Ready-made function blocks
  • Inclusive of industry standards
  • Automatic format detection
  • Central monitoring
  • 2 days of training and you’re off …

ANY PLACE. ANY TIME. ANY DEVICE.

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ADVANTAGES

WHAT IS LOBSTER_DATA DATA MANAGEMENT?

Lobster_data is a intuitive tool for EDI (Electronic Data Integration)
and EAI (Enterprise Application Integration).

Information gathered from data conversion, data mapping or data wrangling is transferred directly to a specified target system in six simple steps.
What was once only possible using multiple software products, is now integrated under the Lobster_data umbrella into one package solution that even handles data communication – and all that WITH NO PROGRAMMING NEEDED.

      STANDARDISED SOFTWARE.

      Lobster_data is a standardised software tool for data and system integration.

      Bringing together a plethora of possibilities – and benefits to boot – within one single software product, so you don’t have to rely on complex and vulnerable software combinations for your integration needs. Because Lobster_data gives you access to all integrations in one, single tool.

          One Tool For Everything.

          One tool for EAI. EDI. MFT. Industry 4.0 & IoT Strategies.

          An EAI tool for linking multiple internal IT systems and an EDI tool for automated communication between in-house IT systems and the outside world. Other Lobster_data iterations take care of very simple but secure data fusion processes (e.g. POS systems or basic localised IT systems) so the data can then be processed centrally (MFT = managed file transfer). Lobster_data’s logical IT group solution with its secure, certified data transfer and targeted data distribution processes for routing, labelling and transmitting to partners is also very popular. Lobster_data is the ideal tool for supporting Industry 4.0. and IoT strategies.

              SIMPLE TECHNOLOGY.

              User requirements are confined to data affinity and process knowledge.
              No prior knowledge of programming is needed.

                  ONLINE SUPPORT.

                  Contextual support & documentation

                  The most important goal is to provide supplementary, informative support to Lobster_data users via comprehensive explanations, videos, commentaries, process descriptions, links and in-app chat functions within the online support area, as well as providing product documentation through the supplementary Lobster EDI Knowledge and EAI Knowledge Lobsterpedia platforms.

                      INTUITIVE WORKING.

                      Intuitive Working

                      EDI tool for automated communication between your own IT systems and the outside world.

                      Other forms of Lobster_data facilitate the very simple and at the same time secure integration of data (e.g. cash register systems or basic localised IT systems) so as to process them centrally (MFT = managed file transfer).

                      The logical IT group solution of Lobster_data with its secure, certified data transmission and targeted data distribution for routing, labelling and transmissions to the partners is also very popular.

                      Lobster_data is the ideal tool for supporting Industry 4.0. and IOT strategies.

                          HTML5 INTERFACE.

                          HTML5 interface. ANY PLACE. ANY TIME. ANY DEVICE:

                          The browser-based HTML5 interface enables the user to access Lobster_data software at any time, from anywhere and using any HTML-compatible device (PC, tablet, smartphone). No need for client installations or updates.
                          This is absolutely essential, especially when it comes to monitoring. Online support (explanations, films etc.), wizard feature and online collaboration provide additional assistance.

                              READY-MADE FUNCTION MODULES.

                              Data wrangling is performed via interchangeable ready-made function blocks.

                                  INDUSTRY STANDARDS INCLUDED.

                                  The system comes with all industry standards (EDIFACT, VDA, ANSI, SAP IDOC, XML etc.) free of charge, including all EDI and SAP document types as templates.

                                      AUTOMATIC FORMAT DETECTION.

                                      Automated detection of data formats and simple transfer processes to the various different communication channels (e.g. AS2, OFTP1+2, WebServices, X.400, FTP/SFTP/ FTPS and many more).

                                          CENTRAL MONITORING.

                                          Central monitoring of all processes for efficient error handling.

                                              TWO DAYS TRAINING...

                                              …and you’re off.

                                              Our strict ‘no-coding’ policy means that digitisation and integration projects can be implemented 5-10 times faster and incorporated within Lobster_data in just a few days.

                                                  SECURE. PERFOMANT. SCALABLE.

                                                  • Pioneering, container-based server technology (e.g. docker)
                                                  • New floating licencing approach
                                                  • Encryptions
                                                  • Load balancing
                                                  • DMZ
                                                  • Independent of servers, operating models, databases and operating systems
                                                  • Unlimited scaling: Lobster_data works just as well on mini servers (e.g. CuBox server, Raspberry Pi and embedded systems) as it does on sophisticated servers within computer clusters.
                                                  • Unlimited performance: Lobster_data can be accessed as a cloud solution within our computer centre or run via service providers or at your in-house location, depending on budget, expertise, speed and security standards.

                                                      FEATURES

                                                      FEATURES

                                                      DATA FORMAT.

                                                      • More than 3,000 EDIFACT complimentary, templates free of charge
                                                      • All VDA logistics- and transport-relevant templates also free of charge
                                                      • Mapping of all XML data and automatic acceptance of structures, e.g. via DTD or XSD (BMECat, PRICAT)
                                                      • Input agent reactions to Message Delivery Notification events (MDN)
                                                      • Preparser merges multiple files
                                                      • InforPreParser changes Infor-XML to an XML format that is better suited for mapping.
                                                      • CSV guidelines used as in MS Excel Export
                                                      • IU for generating PDF documents with CSV, FixRecord or ‘Plain Text’ content
                                                      • Excel Appender Unit: a new feature where nodes of the target tree can be written on different sheets
                                                      • Support for TradaComs format in input and output

                                                          CORPORATE STRUCTURES.

                                                          Transparent mapping of corporate structures and organisational units as well as assignment of different access rights with the help of multi-client capability and management.
                                                          Cluster capability.

                                                              COMMUNICATION CHANNELS.

                                                              • Direct connection to SAP systems via ALE with minimal access times
                                                              • Connection to IBM AS400 systems via direct database access
                                                              • Program control of AS400 programs or reading/writing of data queues
                                                              • WebDAV support
                                                              • Odette certification centre
                                                              • SCP support
                                                              • AS2, X-400
                                                              • AS2 and SHA-2 certification
                                                              • SMTP, POP3 and IMAP
                                                              • HTTP(S), FTP(S) and SFTP, SQL, JMS
                                                              • Option to fine tune during profile processing of AS2 data (can react/set on subject field incl. ASM)
                                                              • AS2: Use of ‘user.password@URL’ if authentication is required (for HTTP(S) with basic authentication)
                                                              • Simplified interface management
                                                              • Convenient use of the X400 system
                                                              • SSH: Channels – like FTP – have access rights to directories
                                                              • OFTP (Cron & Agent): ‘Origin’ field (SSID) for more precise grading
                                                              • OFTP2 certification
                                                              • Execution of OFTP pickup call with OFTP profiles is possible in the ‘restart’ dialog box and within partner management
                                                              • OFTP connection test within partner management
                                                              • No transmitting of ‘HTTP chunked data’ by the server to the DataWizard client
                                                              • ‘Timeout’ field with Cron:Http – default is 90s
                                                              • HTTP reply path: Optional HTTP headers can also be variables of the value and name (@VAR_NAME@)
                                                              • SCP, FTP & ASM output: CTRL file designation can be a suffix, prefix or file name variable and wildcard <lines> are permissible
                                                              • ASM with fax support
                                                              • Cron, FTP: GXS user account can be specified
                                                              • Input agent ‘fax’ and response ‘fax’ incl. new IU for converting received faxes into ‘multipage TIFF’ files
                                                              • ‘Trigger’ reply path: Differentiation between synchronous and asynchronous messages in the background
                                                              • HTTP reply path: An error message is triggered if a reply from the server is empty and ‘expected response’ is shown (while ‘forwarding per message’ is active)
                                                              • Support for POP3 and IMAP with SSL
                                                              • CustomResponse com.ebd.hub.datawizard.util.DBProcCustomRespons allows for DB-stored-procedure access

                                                                  CENTRAL MONITORING.

                                                                  • Central monitoring allows for all processes (RDT, conversion, mapping, addressing third-party systems during mapping, etc.) to be intelligibly monitored.
                                                                  • Error message within the profile definition (last page): All defined variables of a profile in @…@ notation possible
                                                                  • Profile call in event of an error: If no data sheet has been generated yet then the supplied variables are used (if available)

                                                                      Performance.

                                                                      • Handling of 1,000 EDIFACT messages including conversion and mapping with data wrangling, as well as direct transmission from the source system to the target system in approx. 2 min. (on standard dual processor PCs at approx. 100 KB per message)
                                                                      • Extended user interface (native application) with excellent user ergonomics
                                                                      • Additional options for the workflow definition of a connection process NEW:
                                                                      • Updated, faster swapping of data (incl. storage optimisation)
                                                                      • Upgraded communication between client and server – stable even with increased data traffic (network load)
                                                                      • Consistent review and alignment of buffered data streams

                                                                          Functions.

                                                                          • Data wrangling without programming
                                                                          • Extended calculation options (e.g. EAN check digit)
                                                                          • Access to third-party systems when mapping (e.g.: ‘Bring me the master data set for KD Nr 4711 from a backup system’)

                                                                              Seeburger®Import.

                                                                              Adoption of existing Seeburger structures for WinElke and BIS (trademark Seeburger AG product names and brands).

                                                                                  ZUGFeRD.

                                                                                  • Lobster_data supports ZUGFeRD – the uniform electronic invoice format. This means our customers are able to process both ZUGFeRD-based invoices as well as paper, fax, PDF and EDI invoices.
                                                                                  • ZUGFeRD allows for the quick and convenient transfer of electronic invoices between businesses, thereby simplifying the exchange of structured electronic invoices. ZUGFeRD-compliant invoices are just as machine-readable as they are human-readable and can be processed by the recipient with ease.

                                                                                  With Lobster_data you can:

                                                                                  • Embed XML invoice files ZUGFeRD-compliant in PDF/A-3 files.
                                                                                  • Extract XML invoice data from a ZUGFeRD-compliant PDF/A-3 file.

                                                                                      Content Inspection.

                                                                                      • Merging or splitting files with arbitrary formats and structures prior to the mapping process – regardless of the origin of the data (FTP, OFTP, Mail, SMS, SAP …)
                                                                                      • Transfer of variables from profiles *with* mapping
                                                                                      • BWA Creator IU: correct detection of D-xxx field names at output
                                                                                      • Upon successfully setting a file and specifying ’Inspector ready for processing’ the latter will be called immediately afterwards
                                                                                      • Timestamp possible instead of date (including hour: minute: second)
                                                                                      • Transfer files to ASM

                                                                                          Modules

                                                                                          MODULES

                                                                                          ASYNCHRONOUS TRANSMISSION MODULE (ASM).

                                                                                          The Lobster_data.asm add-on module bundles the transmission of any number of files to the communication partner at a self-defined time.

                                                                                          This cuts costs along the X.400 communication channel. Files can also be moved to archive containers (ZIP, TAR, …) and then transmitted.

                                                                                          The Lobster_data.asm add-on module bundles the transmission of any number of files to the communication partner at a self-defined time. This cuts costs along the X.400 communication channel. Files can also be moved to archive containers (ZIP, TAR, …) and then transmitted.

                                                                                          Scheduling can be planned to the second using crontab syntax. Data can be dispatched after a specific sorting process. The files contained in the archive can also be assigned a password within the settings tab.

                                                                                          The necessary requirements can be selected from a large number of transmission options. The transmission path can be created easily by choosing the communication channel.

                                                                                          The data tab provides an overview of the files which are ready for transmission, as well as all the data which has already been sent.

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                                                                                              Managed File Transfer.

                                                                                              Transferring electronic data plays an important part in day-to-day business activities. Pricing information, contracts, sensitive POS or financial data, design drawings, production data, media information, orders and much more must all be transmitted in-house or to trading partners, service providers and customers in a way that is fully automated, punctual and protected against theft. Lobster_data EDI/EAI software is here to help.

                                                                                              Lobster also has a Managed File Transfer module (MFT) for business partners, branch offices or systems which communicate with one another and require a higher-level set of rules.

                                                                                              Lobster’s Managed File Transfer comprises the MFT server and MFT clients. The MFT server is located centrally, for instance in the computer centre of a cooperative or at the HQ of a group of companies. It handles all communication between the partners, such as the logging of data and processes, data mapping or data conversions, according to a pre-defined set of rules.

                                                                                              The MFT client can be installed on logistics partner systems, in the branch offices of trading companies or the subsidiaries of a group, for example, and is responsible for sending and receiving data to and from the MFT server. The client can also exchange data internally via FTP. Once installed, no prior IT knowledge is needed for local employees.

                                                                                              Lobster_data Managed File Transfer guarantees:

                                                                                              • a safe and secure end-to-end data flow
                                                                                              • simple handling by branches and partners without the need for IT expertise
                                                                                              • data transfer and data converting in a single system
                                                                                              • elimination of island solutions (such as batch files or shell scripts)
                                                                                              • central monitoring including alerting, controlling and restart function

                                                                                              Let’s take a closer look at how a group of transport and logistics companies used Managed File Transfer:

                                                                                              Previously, this group of companies had used virtual point-to-point connections to transfer data. With Lobster_data.mft this structure was replaced by a star-shaped structure with a central server capable of processing more than just data transfers. It was now possible to log specific data such as delivery note numbers or consignment numbers centrally as well as convert data from and to different formats.

                                                                                              Lobster_data.mft tranfers data in 4 phases:

                                                                                              • A partner sends data to the MFT server.
                                                                                              • The MFT server identifies the data type and the recipient(s) and splits the input data into separate elements for the different recipients.
                                                                                              • Dependent on type (sender/recipient), these data elements are converted to and from different formats (EDI, CSV, XML, …) according to a pre-defined set of rules. Certain fields are logged.
                                                                                              • The data is forwarded to the recipient(s).

                                                                                               

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                                                                                                  Content Inspection (CI).

                                                                                                  The Lobster_data.ci add-on module merges or splits separately transmitted files. The files are then processed by so-called Content Inspectors (CI) in file pools according to previously set parameters. This means the contents can be analysed and combined to form different ‘data federations’.

                                                                                                  Thus, a Content Inspector is defined, for example, which splits EDIFACT data into multiple EDIFACT messages by way of EDIFACT UNH messaging.

                                                                                                  The ‘Plain Text Inspector’ also checks each line to see if a defined initial expression is present and to determine which CI is responsible for this file.

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                                                                                                      DataFlow.

                                                                                                      Data Flow enables the graphical depiction of a process chain. Comparable to a flowchart, Data Flow makes it possible to show connections between the profiles, display them graphically and modify them.

                                                                                                      Where there are a large number of profiles in Lobster_data, the erroneous assignment of data to profiles can thus be avoided. In such cases, data would not be correctly processed.

                                                                                                      The simulation tool in Lobster_data.dataflow clearly indicates which profile would process the incoming data and in what way. This makes choosing the correct profile simple and straightforward.

                                                                                                      Another Lobster_data.dataflow feature is the process view in the ControlCenter. By selecting individual jobs, the user receives a graphical overview of how a profile is integrated into the whole process chain. Errors or gaps in the process chain are immediately visible and are automatically highlighted in red by the system.

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                                                                                                          DEMILITARISED ZONE.

                                                                                                          A Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) is a way of protecting private networks from networks that are publicly accessible. It also safeguards corporate computers which have to be accessible from both public and internal networks.

                                                                                                          The DMZ server can accept incoming data even if the internal server is temporarily inaccessible. This makes it possible to cope with power failures.

                                                                                                          Lobster_data uses this security feature in conjunction with a DMZ server. The Lobster DMZ module is installed only where the necessary communication processes are handled. The intranet (internal server) connection between the DMZ server and Lobster_data is established using a proprietary Lobster GmbH protocol.

                                                                                                          The DMZ status and connection are shown in the Lobster_data ControlCenter.

                                                                                                          The DMZ can also be monitored via the Lobster_data dashboard.

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                                                                                                              MASS DATA PROCESSING XML V4.

                                                                                                              The Lobster_data.xml add-on module is used to disassemble and convert files of 256 GB max., thereby reducing memory usage and performance load. This enables the transmission of entire catalogues, for example. Complex XML structures can also be imported via X-path syntax.

                                                                                                              Mass data processing: An example
                                                                                                              As a rule, the parser needs enough available memory storage to accommodate the size of the XML file x factor 1.3. In other words, with a 120 MB file the memory usage would be approx. 150 MB.

                                                                                                              With a V3 parser, a reference profile (same hardware and same memory settings etc.) needs a runtime of 504s for a 132 MB XML file. A V4 reduces this to a total runtime of 13s. The memory usage is also about 1/10 of that needed with a V3.

                                                                                                              The V4 can be selected with the simple click of a button. X-path syntax can be easily implemented using ‘Copy element(s) in chunk’.

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                                                                                                                  WebMonitor.

                                                                                                                  The Lobster_data module for web monitoring is a web-based monitoring tool which – depending on the user’s rights – allows the user to track the status of certain jobs, upload or change data or restart jobs. In this way partners, customers and employees can track the status of the data from anywhere and at any time, making changes, if necessary, to quickly correct any data errors.

                                                                                                                  A range of rights and roles can be customised and assigned to each user in Lobster_data.webmonitor. As shown in the example below, a specific user may only be allowed to monitor the jobs of selected profiles, restart these jobs, modify files and store them locally. The ‘theme’ feature ensures that certain users see their own company logo, CI, etc. after they log in.

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                                                                                                                      Webportal.

                                                                                                                      (Browser requirements: iE9+, Firefox25+, Chrome26+, Web Portal module)
                                                                                                                      The Lobster_data Webportal module automatically converts input trees into a HTML front end so as to create a manual data collection process. With Webportal, any data can be collected online via a browser and then processed using Lobster_data.

                                                                                                                      This means that employees, partners and customers can process their authorised business operations online, from anywhere in the world.

                                                                                                                      Simple configuration processes in Lobster_data enable a data collection profile to be created quickly and easily.

                                                                                                                      The screenshot shows a basic order entry, where the ‘unit’ field has been assigned a default value, which can, however, be changed using the permitted values, listed below.

                                                                                                                      The profile shown here generates the data input screen with the order header and order item. Each entered item can be found in the overview (referred to as ‘order position’ here) and can be easily modified. The ‘send data and close’ button sends the data to Lobster_data.

                                                                                                                      The processes authorised for each particular user are visible on the left of the process screen. The overview also displays completed jobs, including the respective process status and associated logs. The user can also easily recreate a similar job using the ‘duplicate’ button.

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                                                                                                                          PROCESS LOAD OPTIMISATION (PLO).

                                                                                                                          The Lobster_data Process Load Optimisation module is a service which optimises the handling of very high processing loads. It is worth using if the Lobster IS is running natively or virtually on a machine with multiple processor cores, and if, during times of peak loads, the Lobster data.3 queues (incoming queue and prioritised queue) cannot be fully processed over longer periods of time.

                                                                                                                          The result is a significant increase in performance.

                                                                                                                          The Lobster_data.plo module can also be ordered via ‘on demand’ licencing, whereby process load optimisation is automatically enabled for one hour when a configurable peak load threshold is exceeded.

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                                                                                                                              LoadBalancing.

                                                                                                                              A LoadBalanced system consists of at least one Lobster_data NodeController and one Lobster_data node. The number of nodes can be increased as required. The Lobster_data.loadbalance add-on module accepts data from all input sources (input agents) and distributes the conversion tasks to all active Lobster_data nodes. The tasks can be distributed in two ways:

                                                                                                                              • ‘round robin’ (alternating distribution of new conversion tasks)
                                                                                                                              • according to load factor (based on the workload of the individual Lobster_data nodes).

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                              Lobster_data.loadbalance therefore optimally distributes the queued conversion tasks so they can be processed more quickly.

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                                                                                                                                  Salesforce API.

                                                                                                                                  Lobster_data can be conveniently connected to Salesforce via the Lobster_data.salesforce module. Unlike the comparatively complex handling process via native interfaces, Lobster_data offers a whole host of benefits:

                                                                                                                                  • The Salesforce Web-API is fully incorporated within a JDBC driver.
                                                                                                                                  • Lobster_data is able to use all database functions such as filters, structure generation or input and output channels, making interface creation much quicker.
                                                                                                                                  • The driver offers SQL functionality as standard, so incorporation in SOQL is no longer necessary.
                                                                                                                                  • Header and item data (e.g. address and contacts) can be easily imported into a profile despite automatic key generation (in Salesforce).
                                                                                                                                  • The user is no longer responsible for session handling (login/logout, reload data,..) as this is directly integrated within the driver.

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                                                                                                                                      Testcase Manager.

                                                                                                                                      Software updates or profile changes can be tested easily using the Lobster_data Testcase Manager add-on module.
                                                                                                                                      This is a useful way of detecting divergences and errors, particularly when it comes to processing large numbers of profiles.

                                                                                                                                      Benefits of Lobster_data.testcasemanager:

                                                                                                                                      • Greater security for your production system because profile changes and new software installations are only accepted upon successful testing.
                                                                                                                                      • Clear error source reports facilitate fast, simple corrections.

                                                                                                                                       

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                                                                                                                                          PROTOCOL ADD-ONS.

                                                                                                                                          • SSH service: Server-side sFTP/SCP communication
                                                                                                                                          • X.400 service: TCP/IP and TLS communication
                                                                                                                                          • AS2 service: Communication according to RFC 4130
                                                                                                                                          • OFTP service (1+2): ISDN and TCP/IP communication
                                                                                                                                          • FAX service: FAX gateway
                                                                                                                                          • SAP connection service: Direct SAP system connection

                                                                                                                                              Functional extensions.

                                                                                                                                              1. ENGDAT / ENGPART: Automated CAD data exchange V2 and V3

                                                                                                                                                  CERTIFICATES

                                                                                                                                                  CERTIFICATES

                                                                                                                                                  CERTIFICATES.

                                                                                                                                                  • Drummond certified
                                                                                                                                                  • Odette Certification Authority
                                                                                                                                                  • OFTP-Certification
                                                                                                                                                  • OFTP2-Certification

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                                                                                                                                                      Product Presentation Lobster_data.

                                                                                                                                                        Lobster_data Brochure.

                                                                                                                                                          Installation Requirements.

                                                                                                                                                            Asynchronous transmission module (ASM).

                                                                                                                                                            The Lobster_data.asm add-on module bundles the transmission of any desired number of files to the communication partner at a self-defined time.

                                                                                                                                                              Content Inspection (CI).

                                                                                                                                                              The Lobster_data.ci add-on module merges or divides up separately transmitted files. The files are further processed by so-called Content Inspectors (CI) in file pools on the basis of previously created parameters. The content can then be analysed and combined to form different ‘data federations’.

                                                                                                                                                                Data hub.

                                                                                                                                                                Lobster_data, integration technology for all areas. Data exchange both within a company and between companies, as well as between different systems generally.

                                                                                                                                                                  Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).

                                                                                                                                                                  Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) is a way of protecting private networks from networks that are publicly accessible. It also protects corporate computers that have to be accessible both from public networks and internally. The DMZ server can accept incoming data even if the internal server is temporarily inaccessible. This makes it possible to cope with power failures.

                                                                                                                                                                    E-Fulfillment.

                                                                                                                                                                    The DMZ server can accept incoming data even if the internal server is temporarily inaccessible. This makes it possible to cope with power failures.

                                                                                                                                                                      Managed File Transfer (MFT).

                                                                                                                                                                      Lobster’s Managed File Transfer comprises the MFT server and MFT clients. The MFT server is located centrally, for instance in the computer centre of a cooperative or at the HQ of a group of companies. It handles all communication between the partners, such as the logging of data and procedures, mappings or data conversions, according to a pre-defined rulebook.

                                                                                                                                                                        FRESH CONNECTION WITH LOBSTER_DATA
                                                                                                                                                                        NEW CLIENT: ZWEIFEL POMY CHIPS AG

                                                                                                                                                                        Zweifel Pomy Chips AG produce Switzerland’s most popular and best-selling crisps, and over the years, 95% of their potatoes have come from Switzerland. Since its foundation in the 1950s, this Swiss family business has paid close attention to the quality of its products. It is not surprising, therefore, that it applies these same high standards to all of its operations – including IT. Initially, the company struggled with its weekly invoices. Dispatching up to 2,300 invoices a week was a real challenge for the crisp manufacturer. “Transmitting data from SAP via Seeburger to Edifact took around two-and-a-half hours,” explains ICT manager Rolf Schwab. “We were almost at max capacity.” So Zweifel decided to take a two-pronged approach: First, they delayed dispatching invoices until the evening. Then, they scoured the market for a leaner and faster solution for transferring data from SAP to Edifact. In early 2016, Zweifel decided to go with Lobster_data. “Our plan was to migrate the system by New Year’s Eve 2016. But thanks to Lobster, we were able to fully incorporate Lobster_data by November,” says Rolf Schwab. On the one hand, Zweifel supplies its products – which include snacks, nuts, popcorn, corn chips, corn puffs and other nibbles in addition to their potato crisps – to almost thirty major partners, some of whom collect the goods themselves. On the other hand, Zweifel also supplies fresh products to a number of smaller customers directly, ranging from restaurants to ski lodges to kiosks and swimming baths. “In this case, we maintain specific product ranges, accept returns, assign credit notes, factor in discounts as well as creating and issuing delivery notes and invoices,” explains the ICT manager. “We also work with around 400 potato suppliers who have to be integrated into our system.”

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