In our day-to-day activities, it is advisable to regularly clear out our personal and corporate email inboxes – especially to manage and safely store attached flat files.
After all, “An unruly inbox can feel like an overwhelming hole that you’ll never dig yourself out of,” said Alex Cavoulacos in An Email Fanatic's Guide to Organizing Your Inbox.
Of course some files are simply too large and too difficult to handle through corporate email. So, often, users turn to an FTP or SFTP protocol. But both FTP and SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) are probably lacking capabilities you would expect to find in an MFT (Managed File Transfer) solution.
- Basic scripting and API support
- Guaranteed file delivery
- Event-driven transactions
- Easy integration with applications
- Detailed auditing
- Reporting, alerts and dashboards
- Delivery acceleration
- Ability process any file-size
And this wouldn’t matter so much if mid-to-large sized companies weren’t taking their corporate flat-file exchanges oh-so-much more seriously these days.
Companies now view MFT as a supplement - and even an alternative - to classic B2B systems for transmitting timely and secure deliveries of mission-critical documents such as advanced shipping notices (ASN), invoices, purchase orders and quotes – to name just a few. In fact, I’ve heard enterprise system administrators refer to MFT as their tool for enabling “file integration” between applications and processes, both internally and with trading partners.
This is because (as with B2B systems), business file exchanges should be centrally managed, protected by state-of-the-art enterprise security and monitored through all points of the file transfer lifecycle.
Consequently, since the enterprise role of flat-file exchange has been so strategically elevated, the communication gaps and logjams created by undeliverable files can no longer be tolerated.
With that in mind, consider these three MFT must-haves for stopping file transfer logjams:
- Comprehensive and accessible file transfer protocols
Evaluate an MFT solution using secure file-transfer protocols, including HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS, SFTP, SCP and WebDAV. Trading partners should only need standard tools such as a web browser to exchange files with your enterprise.
- MFT Integration with your enterprise
Integrate your MFT solution with a single integration platform for both application integration and B2Bs, providing ease of use and maintenance.
- Available Scalability
Over time, MFT enterprise use cases may increase well past 500, 000 weekly file exchanges. Moreover, file sizes (even with powerful compression capabilities), may grow exponentially. A scalable solution – with a precise method for future execution – is essential
What does this kind of MFT tool look like?
We will show you if you join us this coming October 24th @11:00am for our next Digital Business Demo: Stop File Transfer Log-Jams: Use Enterprise-Scalable MFT . You’ll see webMethods Active Transfer in action!
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