As Facebook users will tell you, there are good bots - and bad bots. So, in addition to RPA (robotic process automation), MFT (managed file transfer) also seeks to rehabilitate the reputation of bots. But MFT is definitely looking for Mister Good-Bot.
File bots, or agents, are lightweight applications that allow administrators to remotely exchange automated file transfers between centralized servers or desktops and any number of remote locations.
What’s new about this is that agents will automatically (and very productively) work around-the-clock to deliver file transfers on-demand, or scheduled as batch jobs. Additionally, the central MFT server can configure event-driven triggers, sending files both individually and by groups, as defined by similar characteristics.
For retail, this could mean synchronistically disseminating pricing and promotional information across store locations. For a major bank and its individual branches, agents will automatically send end-of-day reconciliation reports; or distributors can use agents to synchronize file transfers to share product catalog changes across any number of warehouses.
webMethods ActiveTransfer provides these agent capabilities as an add-on to its broader MFT solution (which now includes an API-Gateway). Specifically, agents are configured and pushed out through the ActiveTransfer server, ensuring centrally managed authentication, tracking and monitoring for all agent-driven file exchanges.Want to learn more about ActiveTransfer agents and Managed File Transfer? Please click below.