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DATA CONVERSION. DATA MAPPING. DATA MANIPULATION. TRANSFER YOUR DATA TO YOUR TARGET SYSTEM. WITHOUT PRAYERS. OR DISCUSSIONS. IN A SNAP. WITH LOBSTER_DATA.
  • A tool for EAI. EDI. MFT. Industry 4.0 & IOT strategies
  • No programming & no scripting
  • Intuitive HTML5 interface
  • Finished function blocks
  • Including industry standards
  • Automatic format recognition
  • Central monitoring
  • 2 days of training and let’s go …

ANY PLACE. ANY TIME. ANY DEVICE.

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ADVANTAGES

ADVANTAGES

What does data management mean with Lobster_data?

Efficient data management with Lobster_data

Lobster_data is the intuitively operable tool for EDI (Electronic Data Integration) and EAI (Enterprise Application Integration).

Data gathered through data conversion, data mapping or data wrangling are directly transferred to a desired target system in six easy steps.

What used to be achievable only using different software products, Lobster_data unites in a package solution that even covers data communication – and that’s WITHOUT PROGRAMMING.

Standard-Software

Lobster_data is a standard software for data and system integration.

Combining a multitude of possibilities – and hence benefits – in a single software product. Meaning that in future you won’t need a complicated and vulnerable combination for integration issues. For with Lobster_data, you operate all integrations with one and the same tool.

One Tool For Everything...

A tool for EAI. EDI. MFT. Industry 4.0 & IOT strategies.

EAI tool for linking multiple internal IT systems

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.

Simple Technology

Requirements for the user are confined to data affinity and process knowledge.

There are no programming prerequisites.

Online Support

Context-related support & documentation

The most important objective is to provide explanatory and informative support when using Lobster_data, with comprehensive explanations, videos, comments, process descriptions, links and internal chat mode within online help, plus product documentation with the additional Lobster ‘EDI Knowledge’ and ‘EAI Knowledge’ 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 the Lobster_data software any time, any place and with any type of HTML device (PC, tablet, smartphone) without client installation and updates.

This is absolutely essential, especially for monitoring. Online aids (explanations, films etc.), wizard functionality and online collaboration deliver additional support.

Ready-Made Function Modules

Data wrangling is performed by ready-made function modules that can be combined with each other.

Industry Standards Included

The system contains all industry standards (EDIFACT, VDA, ANSI, SAP IDOC, XML etc.) gratis, including all EDI and SAP document types as templates.

Automatic Format Recognition

Automated recognition of data formats with simple transfer to the various different communication paths (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 that’s it.

The strict ‘no-coding’ strategy means that digitising and integration projects can be implemented 5-10 times faster and incorporated in Lobster_data in just a few days.

Secure. Perfomant. Scalable.

  • Groundbreaking container-based server technology (e.g. docker)
  • New floating licensing
  • Encryptions
  • Load balancing
  • DMZ
  • Independent of server, operating models, databases, operating systems
  • Scaling unlimited: Lobster_data runs unaltered, both on mini servers (e.g. CuBox server, Raspberry Pi and embedded systems) as well as on high-end servers in a cluster network
  • Performance unlimited: Lobster_data can run here at our computer centre as a cloud solution, with your service providers or in your own business, depending on cost, know-how, speed and security standards.

FEATURES

FEATURES

Data Format

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

Corporate Structures

Transparent mapping of corporate structures and organisation units, also assigning of different access rights thanks to multi-client capability and administration cluster capability

Communication Channels

  • Direct links to SAP systems using ALE with minimal access times Connectivity of IBM AS400 systems by direct database access, Controlling of AS400 programs or reading/wiring 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
  • Fine tuning possibility during the 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 administration
  • Convenient use of the X400 system
  • SSH: Channels – just as FTP – possess access rights to directories
  • OFTP (Cron & Agent): ‘Origin’ field (SSID) for finer grading
  • OFTP2 certification
  • Execution of OFTP pickup call with OFTP profiles is possible in the Restart dialog box and in the partner administration
  • OFTP connection test in the partner administration
  • 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 allowed)
  • ASM with fax support
  • Cron, FTP: GXS user account can be given
  • Input agent ‘fax’ and response ‘fax’ incl. new IU for converting received faxes to multipage TIFF
  • 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 enables DB stored procedures to be called

Central Monitoring

  • Central monitoring allows all processes (RDT, conversion, mapping, addressing third-party systems during the mapping operation, etc.) to be intelligibly monitored.
  • Error message in the profile definition (last page): All defined variables of a profile in @…@ notation can be used
  • Columns in the job overview (can be set by means of filters) Jobs for profiles that may only run in one entity can be removed Profile call in event of an error: if no data sheet has yet been generated then the delivered variables are used (if present)

Performance

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

Functions

  • Data wrangling without programming
  • Extended calculation options (e.g. EAN check digit)
  • Access to third systems in the mapping sequence (e.g.: ‘Bring me the master data record for KD No 4711 from a backing system’)

„Seeburger®-Import“

Adoption of existing Seeburger structures for WinElke and BIS (these are protected product and brand names of Seeburger AG).

 

ZUGFeRD

  • Lobster_data supports ZUGFeRD – the uniform format for electronic invoices. This means that our customers can process invoices based on the automated ZUGFeRD format as well as paper, fax, PDF and EDI invoices.
  • ZUGFeRD enables invoices to be exchanged electronically between businesses quickly and conveniently, thereby simplifying the interchange of structured electronic invoices. Invoices based on ZUGFeRD are equally man and machine readable and can be processed by the recipient with no additional steps.

With Lobster_data you can:

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

Content Inspection

  • Zusammenführen oder Aufteilen von Dateien beliebiger Formate und Strukturen vor dem
    Mapping-Vorgang – unabhängig von der Herkunft der Daten (FTP, OFTP, Mail, SMS, SAP …)
  • Übergabe von Variablen von Profilen *mit* Mapping
  • BWA-Creator IU: richtige Erkennung auch von D-xxx-Feldnamen im Ausgang
  • Bei erfolgreicher Einstellung einer Datei und Angabe „Inspektor fertig für Verarbeitung“
    wird dieser im Anschluss unverzüglich gerufen
  • Verwendung von Timestamp statt Datum möglich (inkl. Stunde:Minute:Sekunde)
  • Übergabe von Dateien an ASM

MODULES

MODULES

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.

This saves costs with the X.400 communication path. Files can also be packed in archive containers (ZIP, TAR, …) and then transmitted.

Scheduling can be planned to the second using crontab syntax. Data can be dispatched following a certain sorting procedure. The packed files in the archive settings can also be assigned a password.

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

The Data tab shows an overview of files ready for transmission, and all data already sent.

Would you like a price list of Lobster_data modules and add-ons?
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Managed File Transfer

Electronic data exchange has an important part to play in day-to-day business dealings: Information such as prices, contracts, sensitive cash or financial data, design drawings, production data, media information, orders and much more must be transmitted in-house or to trading partners, service providers and customers in a way that is fully automated, punctual and protected from theft. Lobster_data EDI/EAI software guarantees this.

If business partners, branch offices or systems communicate with one another and they need a higher-level set of rules, then Lobster can offer them the Managed File Transfer module (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.

The MFT client is installed for example at logistics partners, in the branches of a trading company or the subsidiaries of a group and is responsible for sending and receiving data to and from the MFT server. The client can also exchange data internally by FTP. Once installed, the client needs no IT expertise on the part of the local staff.

 

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
  • the elimination of island solutions (such as batch files or shell scripts)
  • central monitoring including alerting, controlling and restart

Example of Managed File Transfer used within a group of transport and logistics companies:

Up until now, this group of companies has exchanged data using virtual point-to-point connections. With Lobster_data.mft this structure has been replaced by a star-shaped structure with a central server capable of handling more than just pure data exchange. It is now possible for example to log certain information such as delivery note numbers or shipment numbers centrally, or convert data between between different formats (EDI, CSV, XML, FixRecord, …).

Exchanging data using Lobster_data.mft has 4 phases:

  1. A partner sends data to the MFT server.
  2. The MFT server identifies the type of data and the recipient or recipients and splits the input data into separate parts for the different recipients.
  3. These data parts are converted between different formats (EDI, CSV, XML, …) according to a pre-defined set of rules and depending on their type, sender and recipient. Certain fields are logged.
  4. The data are forwarded to the recipient(s).

Are you interested in Managed File Transfer with Lobster_data?
If so, call us (+49.8157.590 99-0) or email us at information@lobster.de.

 

ContentInspection (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’.

In the example a Content Inspector is defined which splits EDIFACT data into multiple EDIFACT messages by way of the UNH segment.

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.

Would you like a price list of Lobster_data modules and add-ons?
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DataFlow

DataFlow enables the graphic viewing of a process chain. In a similar way to a flowchart, the connections between the profiles are shown and can be displayed graphically and modified.

If there are very many profiles in Lobster_data then this can avoid incorrect assignments of data to profiles. The data would not be correctly processed in such a case.

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

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

Would you like a price list of Lobster_data modules and add-ons?

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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 ensures that network outages are bridged.

dmz1

Lobster_data uses this security concept in conjunction with a DMZ server. For this purpose the Lobster DMZ component is installed in which only the necessary communication services are executed. The connection between the DMZ server and Lobster_data on the intranet (internal server) is made using a proprietary protocol of Lobster GmbH.

dmz2

The DMZ status and connection can be viewed in the Lobster_data ControlCenter.

dmz3

The DMZ can also be monitored on the Lobster_data dashboard.

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MASS DATA PROCESSING XML V4

The Lobster_data.xml add-on module is used to break down and convert files of 256 GB max., thereby reducing memory usage and performance load. Whole catalogues for example can be transmitted in this way. Complex XML structures can also be imported through X-path expressions.

An example of mass data processing
As a rule the parser requires a memory storage area of ‘size of the XML file’ x factor 1.3 – i.e. with a 120 MB file the memory usage would be approx. 150 MB.

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

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

Would you like a price list of Lobster_data modules and add-ons?
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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, to upload or change data or to restart jobs.
In this way partners, customers or employees can track the status of the data at any place and any time, and interact if necessary and quickly correct any errors in the data.

A range of rights and roles can be assigned to the user in the Lobster_data.webmonitor and individually combined. So for example this user may only monitor the jobs of the selected profiles, may restart these jobs, alter files and also store them locally.

The Theme portal can be set up so that certain users see their own company logo, CI, etc. after they log in.

Would you like a price list of Lobster_data modules and add-ons?
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Webportal

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

This means that employees, partners or customers can handle their authorised business processes online anywhere.
Lobster_data Webportal

The simple configuration in Lobster_data enables a data collection profile to be created quickly and easily.

The screenshot shows an uncomplicated order entry in which the ‘unit’ field is assigned a default value, but this can be changed with the permitted values that are listed beneath.

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

webportal2

webportal3

The processes that are authorised for the particular user appear on the left of the process view. The overview also displays completed jobs, each with status and the associated logs for the selected process. The user can also easily create 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 for the optimised handling of very heavy process loads. It is worth using when the Lobster IS is running native or virtually on a machine with multiple processor cores and if – in times of peak loads – the Lobster data.3 queues (incoming queue and prioritised queue) are not fully processed over a long period of time.

The result is a significant increase in performance.

System_PLO

The Lobster_data.plo module can also be ordered as a licence model ‘on demand’, in which case process load optimising 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 a Lobster_data node; the number of nodes can be scaled upwards 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 using two methods:

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

Lobster_data Load Balancer

With Lobster_data.loadbalance therefore the waiting conversion tasks are optimally distributed and so processed more quickly.

Are you interested in a price list of Lobster_data modules and add-ons?
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Salesforce API

Lobster_data can be conveniently linked to Salesforce with the Lobster_data.salesforce module. Unlike the relatively complex handling using the native interfaces, the link with Lobster_data offers a string of benefits:

  • The Salesforce Web-API is fully encapsulated in a JDBC driver.
  • All database functionalities such as filters, structure generating or input and output paths can be used by Lobster_data, making the creation of an interface an extremely quick process.
  • 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).
  • Session handling (login/logout, reload data,..) is directly integrated into the driver so the user doesn’t have to bother with it.

Are you interested in a price list of Lobster_data modules and add-ons?
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TestcaseManager

Software updates or profile changes can be easily tested using the Lobster_data Testcase Manager add-on module.
This is the sure way of detecting discrepancies and errors, especially with a large number of profiles.

Benefits of Lobster_data.testcasemanager:

  • Greater security for your productive system because profile changes and new software installations are only accepted following a successful test.
  • Clear reports about the error sources facilitate fast, simple corrections.

Are you interested in a price list of Lobster_data modules and add-ons?
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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 ADD-ONS

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

CERTIFICATES

CERTIFICATES

CERTIFICATES

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

 

 

 

DOWNLOADS

DOWNLOADS

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FRESH CONNECTION WITH LOBSTER_DATA
NEW CLIENT ZWEIFEL POMY CHIPS AG

They are Switzerland’s favourite and best-selling crisps, with a whole 95% made from Swiss potatoes on a long-term average. Ever since it began life in the Fifties this Swiss family business has placed very high demands on the quality of its products. These same high demands are made on all of the company’s other activities as well – including IT. Starting with the weekly invoicing run with up to 2,300 invoices, something that used to give the Zweifel crisp maker a real headache. “Transmitting data from SAP via Seeburger to Edifact took around two-and-a-half hours,” explains ICT manager Rolf Schwab. “Our line was almost fully utilised during that time.” So Zweifel responded in two ways: First, the job of dispatching invoices was put back to the evening. Second, they scoured the market for a leaner and faster solution for transferring data from SAP to Edifact. Then in early 2016 Zweifel decided to use Lobster_data. Says Rolf Schwab: “Our plan was to migrate the system by 31.12.2016. But thanks to Lobster we were able to fully commission Lobster_data in the November.” Zweifel supplies its products, which include snacks, nuts, popcorn, corn chips, flips and other aperitif pastries as well as potato crisps, to almost thirty major partners, some of whom collect the goods themselves. Zweifel also operates its own fresh service with which many customers – from restaurants via ski lodges to kiosks and swimming baths – are supplied directly. “Here we look after the specific product ranges, we also take goods back, raise credit notes, have to allow for discounts, create and issue delivery notes and invoices,” explains the ICT manager. “We also have around 400 potato suppliers who also had to be integrated in the system.”

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