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    CONNECT IT ALL AND MORE.
    LET IT FLOW.

    DIGITALISATION AND AUTOMATION OF BUSINESS PROCESSES.
    SUPER CONVENIENT. WITH LOBSTER_PRO.
    • Experience the highest possible level of flexibility.
    • Enjoy tailor-made support for operational business processes
    • Avoid media disruptions
    • Integrate partners easily
    • Build your own solution step by step
    • Install the software with minimal risk
    • Stay in complete control

    BRINGING TOGETHER WHAT BELONGS TOGETHER.

    No more dealing with data and processes as if they were separate entities! If streamlined processes are what you’re looking for, then there’s no getting around a coherent and consistent database. After all – it’s what creates transparency and lets you actively manage your process chain.
    #1 Interfaces / Portals
    Although connecting back-end systems is a key concern, customers, trading partners and employees are increasingly turning their attention to user-friendly front-end interfaces. And this trend is no passing phase. GUI is the new USP.
    #2 Process modelling
    Automating processes is at the top of many a company’s to-do list. And BPM and RPA are a step in the right direction. But only that one step. Process modelling should relate processes to data. And data to processes. No more stand-alone. It’s all about connections.
    #3 Process automation
    Zahlreiche Frontend-Kanäle, jede Menge Backend-Prozesse und eine Flut an Einzeldaten bedeutet zahlreiche Silos, jede Menge Lücken und eine Flut an Fehlern. Um Dinge und Systeme nahtlos zu verknüpfen und Prozesse durchgängig zu automatisieren, braucht es einen ganzheitlichen Ansatz. Nur so entsteht ein digitales Ökosystem. Von A – Z vernetzt. Let it flow.

    No-code platforms:

    The flexible and fast way to execute your digitalisation strategy.

    • Simple, direct and speedy.
      Business experts become process experts, taking on configurations and taking the pressure off IT.
    • Flexible and individual.
      The tech adapts to the processes and systems. Not vice versa.
    • Versatile and secure.
      Step by step, process by process – guaranteed scalability.
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    HAVE YOU STARTED DIGITALISING YOUR PROCESSES YET?

    IT’S GOING OK? IT COULD BE DOING SO MUCH MORE! WE PROMISE.

    MAP YOUR PROCESS LOGIC 1:1. WITH OUR MODULAR SYSTEM. TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF YOUR DEVELOPERS. CONFIGURE RATHER THAN PROGRAM. WITH LOBSTER_PRO.

    • In day-to-day operations, are you able to focus entirely on those issues which require you to intervene and make adjustments?
    • Have you stopped inputting your data manually yet?
    • Are you already electronically connected with your partners?
    • Can you give your customers, suppliers, and service providers direct access to shared data?
    • Is your team using one IT system to complete and document tasks?
    • Do all your partners meet your EDI requirements, so processes can be integrated coherently?
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    BE A PRO. TIME FOR LOBSTER_PRO.

    • #1 FLEXIBILITY AND CONFIGURABILITY
      Configure rather than program. With Lobster_pro, you can map out your entire business logic. The result: A customisable solution.
    • #2 USER-FRIENDLINESS
      The well-designed user interface adheres to usability standards (HTML5 technology) and can be used intuitively without the need to install any other software components.
    • #3 INTEGRATED DATA MANAGEMENT
      Seamless data exchange thanks to the embedding of Lobster_data. The best integration tool there is.
    • #4 GLOBAL APPLICATION
      Your company is globally active? Not a problem, Lobster_pro comes with a unit converter, time zone support, multilingual features and company-specific language variations.
    • #5 INDIVIDUAL DESIGN
      Match the design to your corporate branding. Or make it client-specific. As you like. Each user is able to set up their system according to their preferences (incl. summaries, favourites, home page).
    • #6 MANAGEMENT BY EXCEPTION
      Lobster_pro analyses the target processes efficiently in the background. And notifies those responsible only in the event of deviations. So they can concentrate on their core business.
    • #7 COSTS & BENEFITS
      Lobster_pro combines the versatility of a customisable solution with the hassle-free set-up of a standard product. Perpetual licence or rental version? Lobster is happy to follow your lead.
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    FUNCTIONAL FEATURES

    FUNCTIONAL FEATURES

    Product basics

    • Browser support: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge
    • No browser plug-ins necessary
    • Multilingualism (UTF-8) with easy-to-use language management
    • Time zone support
    • Service-oriented architecture (SOA); all manual inputs/outputs can also be operated via XML interface
    • Version control feature (track changes)
    • Modular system
    • Display the source XML with option to export and import to all objects in Lobster_pro
    • Sophisticated master data management
    • -> User administration
      -> Role management
      -> Company and corporate-release management
      -> Address book
      -> Product catalogues
      -> Calendar
    • File manager
    • Integrated document designer (Jasper Reports)
    • System information via admin dashboard
    • Context-sensitive help
    • Support for a multi-level approach (development, test and production system) with direct transferring of configurations

    Consignment and manifest management

    • Manage shipments and derived business objects (shipment request, pick-up request etc.)
    • Includes workflow functions such as notifying, rejecting, accepting shipments etc.
    • Features a consignment overview showing workflow status and history feature
    • Create manifests and derived business objects (requires manifest management)
    • Calculate total weight, volume etc.
    • Supports tracking links to external systems (shown in iFrame) at shipment level
    • Link to manifest level
    • Create lists for printing and downloading (PDF, RTF, CSV, XLS)
    • Save generated documents (requires document management module)

    Manifest management

    • Create, search, edit, delete and copy manifests and derived business objects (loading list, dispatch note, bordereau etc.)
    • Includes workflow features (e.g. manifest notifications)
    • Features a manifest overview showing workflow status and history feature
    • Calculate total weight, volume etc.
    • Supports tracking links to external systems (shown in iFrame) at manifest level
    • Link to shipment level

    Interested in a price list for Lobster_pro’s modules and add-ons?

    ORDER MANAGEMENT

    • Manage orders as well as derived business objects (delivery schedule, order confirmation, goods receipt etc.)
    • Includes workflow functions such as notifying, rejecting, accepting shipments etc.
    • Features an order overview showing workflow status and history feature
    • Configure links to external systems
    • Supports linking connected business objects
    • Create lists for printing and downloading (PDF, RTF, CSV, XLS)
    • Save generated documents (requires document management module)

    GENERAL BUSINESS OBJECT.

    The ‘General business object’ module is used to flexibly define business objects, which can then be used in the same way as pre-configured shipments and orders.

    • Designate and define the data fields of business objects
    • Create entry masks and overviews for the defined object types
    • Features an object overview showing workflow status and history feature

    Interested in a price list for Lobster_pro’s modules and add-ons?

    Portal

    • Design forms using the form editor (WYSIWYG)
    • Read/write data with a Lobster_data profile
    • The nesting of forms (= portals) is possible, enabling the creation of a custom web application
    • Use Lobster_pro’s access and authorisation management system
    • Forms can be displayed variably, depending on the context (e.g. the data displayed)
    • Master data can be defined in Lobster_pro (for shortlists, …)
    • Business logic can be mapped (Lobster_pro event handling)
    • Option to add more features with modules (e.g. dashboards, document mgt.)

    In-house definitions of data types

    • Define in-house data structures within the Lobster_pro database
    • Completely integrated within the Lobster_pro framework, including workflow status and history feature
    • Custom entities, e.g. for storing mass data such as GPS tracks or IOT data
    • Custom attributes, complex attributes that can be used in other business objects

    Track & trace

    • Manage tracking information
    • Supports tracking status history
    • Includes traffic light feature (free choice of display icons, colour icons included)
    • Save image files, e.g. signatures from mobile devices
    • Create tracking status classifications with individual transition workflows, e.g. only display some status values to certain users or subdivide into tracking phases
    • Save documents, e.g. delivery receipts, damage reports (requires document management module)
    • Supports tracking links to external systems at all levels

    Interested in a price list for Lobster_pro’s modules and add-ons?

    Document management

    The document management module allows you to save and assign documents and files (PDF, XLS, RTF, PNG, etc.) to business objects, creating a link between the document and the business object.

    • Access documents according to corporate release management
    • Assign documents to and base them on business objects
    • Assign documents to business objects automatically via their reference number
    • Automatic barcode recognition (scan documents)
    • Upload documents during manual status entry (requires track & trace module)
    • Document overview with search tool
    • Download files as ZIP archive

    Interested in a price list for Lobster_pro’s modules and add-ons?

    Routing.

    • Manage routing master data (country, postcode, city, route etc.) for business object processing logic

    Interested in a price list for Lobster_pro’s modules and add-ons?

    HAZARDOUS GOODS.

    The hazardous goods module adds the hazardous goods fields to the business objects, enabling a number of check and calculation features

    • Manage hazardous goods data
    • Contains data structures for different catalogues (ADR, ADN, ICAO, IMDG, RID)
    • ADR: check for mixed loading prohibitions
    • ADR: points and LQ calculation, if necessary independent calculation by the user
    • Hazardous goods information supplements the product data sets in the product catalogues

    Interested in a price list for Lobster_pro’s modules and add-ons?

    SCEM module

    Supply chain event management module.

    • Continuous saving of occurred events as business objects
    • Overview of occurred events
    • Close completed events, marked as complete
    • Link to related business objects

    Interested in a price list for Lobster_pro’s modules and add-ons?

    Dashboard

    Dashboard layout inspired by a management cockpit.

    • Create dashboards from external data sources (e.g. data warehouse) and from Lobster_pro business objects
    • Structure OLAP data cube on the client
    • Filter the required fields from the data source
    • Visualise as a data grid or in the form of various charts (including columns, lines, donut, world map)
    • Release the dashboards to users based on assignment criteria

    Interested in a price list for Lobster_pro’s modules and add-ons?

    Corporate identity designer

    • Adapt the application design based on the name of the host in the URL call
    • Favicon, start-up style, page title and logo can be defined

    Interested in a price list for Lobster_pro’s modules and add-ons?

    TIME SLOT MANAGEMENT.

    Administration and booking of time slots, calendar function, Gantt charts, drag & drop scheduling. Master data for recording loading areas, loading groups and loading points as well as time slot and status definitions.

    TECHNICAL FEATURES

    TECHNICAL FEATURES

    Client-server architecture

    • HTML5 client without installation on the user’s computer
    • Server component with Lobster_pro database (DBMS flexible)

    LDAP module

    • Integration of a central directory service (e.g. Microsoft Active Directory)
    • LDAP protocol usage
    • Combinable with a configurable single sign-on mechanism.

    DMZ module

    • Server component installed in the DMZ
    • The actual database server can therefore be installed in the internal network without externally restricting the accessibility of the web application
    • Passive reverse proxy, i.e. the required port between internal network and DMZ need only be opened ‘from the inside out’

    Load Balancing module

    • Extension of the DMZ server
    • Addition of various productive nodes possible
    • Nodes are assigned to sessions in a round-robin pattern to distribute the load by user requests
    • Nodes are licensed separately, making the whole system easily scalable
    • All nodes receive the same functional scope as the master system

    PUT INTO PRACTICE

    PUT INTO PRACTICE

    PUT INTO PRACTICE

    1. MAP BUSINESS PROCESSES
    We define the process target mechanism and milestones together with your key users. We also identify the business objects and determine their life cycle.

    2. INTEGRATE PARTICIPANTS
    Digitalised processes thrive on integration. So we use the ingenious Lobster tool, Lobster_data, to integrate partner systems as well as your in-house systems. No matter the data format and communication channel.

    3. MANAGE DAY-TO-DAY PROCESSES
    The ultimate goal: take control of cross-departmentally connected processes, both in-house and beyond. Lobster_pro notifies those responsible of any deviations from pre-set values. This provides the foundation for you to manage your processes. It’s as automated as possible. As manual as necessary. Enhance your operational systems with customised data portals and external access for customers and partners.

    4. INTEGRATE DOCUMENTS
    Create and print process-relevant labels and other common formats. Seamlessly. Through the full integration of JasperReports.

    5. GET A SENSE OF PERSPECTIVE AND TRANSPARENCY
    You get to design status-dependent summaries for each business object, role-specific dashboards and custom-made reportings. And you’ll have all the time in the world to do it. Because the operational side of things has been taken care of.

    SERVICE AND DELIVERY MODELS

    SERVICE AND DELIVERY MODELS

    WHY NOT DO IT YOURSELF.

    You always get your own Lobster_pro installation, letting you choose for yourself.

    Downloads

    DOWNLOADS

    Lobster_pro Brochure.

    CUSTOMER SOLUTIONS

    #1 MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS
    For a service company in the chemical industry, it’s all about the maintenance contracts. PO receipt. Dismantling. Analysis. Documentation of damages. Procurement of spare parts. Assembly. Testing and certification. A maintenance contract goes through a whole host of process steps before it gets invoiced. And each piece of the puzzle is supervised by a different point of contact. Lobster_pro orchestrates each of these individual puzzle pieces whilst also inputting operational data into the SAP system.
    #2 SUPPLY-CHAIN-MANAGEMENT
    Classic Lobster_pro: Integrate partners along the entire supply chain. Collate status feedback. Monitor timekeeping. Generate print documents such as labels and delivery notes. Prepare goods receipt postings and post them in the ERP system. Tried and tested. For years. But always up to date.
    #3 CUSTOMER PORTAL
    Finally give your customers what they want: Just the one portal – for entering orders, viewing contract data and downloading invoices. Inherently transparent.
    #4 BUILDING CONSUMER TRUST – ‘SHEEP 2 SHIRT’
    Wool is a high-quality natural product that has been used for centuries. Only nowadays, wool buyers want to know where their product has come from and how it got there. And they want this information to be as precise as possible. The buyer has lots of questions: Are the sheep being treated well? Were the seamstresses paid fairly? Was the wool produced in line with environmental standards? Lobster_pro takes all this data from the production chain and makes it available to the end customer as a QR code attached to the garment. Giving everyone peace of mind.

    DO IT YOURSELF. OR WITH LOBSTER_pro.

    SAAS OR ON-PREM? YOU CHOOSE.
    With Lobster_pro you get your own installation. Your own custom-designed platform.
    You’re looking for a SaaS? Or you want to take care of operations yourself? You do you.
    Lobster supports both.


    „When winter comes knocking here at ALCAR Wheels and it’s all systems go for our customers, we’re never left stranded on thin ice. We know that our data highways can handle the seasonal need for speed, because - thanks to the software wizards at Lobster – we have been in total control of our process mapping and data integration, since 2019. Perfected internal workflows, transparent and clear ordering processes and up-to-the-minute data around the clock. This is what it takes and Lobster_pro delivers just that. But it can do so much more - working with Lobster_pro is not only intuitive, it’s fun. This year, we’ve even gone that one step further for our customers and have introduced a dashboard within Lobster_pro, that outlines all our customers’ processes and orders for them in real time - the overview that dreams are made of.”“
    Stefan Grabner | Corporate IT