Sterling B2B Integrator - EBICS Server User

The Sterling B2B Integrator EBICS Banking Server is a complete EBICS solution involving a bank, partner, and user management, certificate management, secure file transaction, error recovery and reporting. Use Sterling B2B Integrator to send and receive EBICS transactions.

Electronic Banking Internet Communication Standard (EBICS) is an Internet-based communication and security standard that is primarily used for remote data transfer between your organization and a financial institution for corporate payment transactions.

EBICS allows data file exchange independent of message standards and formats. EBICS uses established digital signature and encryption procedures. Its features are based on international standards for Internet communication and improved security, for example, XML, HTTPS, TLS, and SSL. EBICS also has multibank capability wherein the corporate clients in the countries that have adopted EBICS can transact with any bank in those countries using the same software.

A range of prerequisites must be fulfilled by a user (associated with a partner) to be able to implement bank-technical EBICS transactions with a particular bank. The basic prerequisite to implement EBICS transactions is the signing of a contract between the partner and the financial institution. The following details are agreed upon in this contract:

  • The nature of business transactions (bank-technical order types) the partner will conduct with the financial institution
  • Information about the user’s bank accounts
  • The partner’s users working with the bank’s system
  • The authorizations and permissions the users possess

The partner receives the financial institution’s access data (bank parameters) after the contract is signed. The financial institution will set up the partner and user master data in the bank system in accordance with the contractual agreements.

Other prerequisites are successful subscriber initialization, download of the financial institution’s public certificates by the user, and successful verification of the user’s public certificates by the financial institution.

The Sterling B2B Integrator EBICS Banking Server supports EBICS Specification V2.5 for both French and German implementations.

EBICS order types specify the various transactions that can take place between an EBICS Banking Server and an EBICS Client. Each order type is based on an XML schema and caters to different requirements.

You can configure bank, partner, and user profiles in the Profile Manager.

A bank can create one or more offers. An offer enables grouping a set of order types and file formats to a list of partners.

You can use Sterling B2B Integrator to give the necessary permissions to an EBICS user by assigning either all the order types and file formats or a subset of the order types and file formats that are currently assigned to a partner in a particular offer.

After configuring the contract and user permission, you can configure the designated list of signatories to be associated with the order type or file format in the contract. When configuring the contract, if you have specified the number of signatures required to authorize an order to a value greater than 0, you must configure the signatory.

In Sterling B2B Integrator, to extract the payment details from the EBICS payment orders, the partner order types need to be configured for a post-process business process.

You must be assigned to either the EBICS Operators or EBICS Administrators permissions group to access the EBICS Graphical User Interface and its functions.

The EBICSSubscrMgrImport business process enables you to import configuration related to a bank, partner, user, offer, user relationship, and order type and file format in the EBICS Banking Server.

The following table lists the XML attributes that must be present in the primary document of the EBICSSubscrMgrExport business process. This business process enables you to retrieve information related to a host ID, partner ID, user ID, protocol version, and order type.

After a contract has been defined, the corresponding bank sets up the partner and subscriber (user) master data in the Subscription Manager database through the import function.

In a FUL or FDL request, a user can specify the parameter TEST with the value True to indicate the use of a test file or False to indicate the use of a real file.

An FDL request depends on the availability of data in the corresponding user’s download mailbox. The data must be provided regularly in the user’s download mailbox with the appropriate file naming conventions.

If StartDate and EndDate elements are not specified in the FDLOrderParams element of the FDL request, the messages are collected from the user’s download mailbox. If the StartDate and EndDate elements are specified in the FDLOrderParams element of the FDL request, the messages are collected from the user’s archive mailbox.

Use the EBICS Reporting service to generate a payment status report (PSR) with every upload order (FUL) request. The .PSR report is in an XML format and follows the pain.002.001.02 schema. After the .PSR report is generated successfully, it is placed in the EBICS user’s download mailbox.

The log files available in the/<install_dir>/logs directory are the EBICS.log, EBICS Client.log. EBICS Message.log, and EBICS Server.log.

Document tracking support within EBICS Services provides you with a document-centric view of the entire EBICS messaging process. This gives you the ability to monitor the workflow not only from a business process point of view, but also from the actual document point of view.

You can import and export configuration data for resources pertaining to EBICS using the Resource Manager in Sterling B2B Integrator.

When an EBICS Customer Acknowledgment (order type HAC) is downloaded in Sterling B2B Integrator, data including status and reason code information is created as defined in EBICS Specification 2.5.

When using EBICS Client, you may receive return codes and event messages.

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