Despite the highly competitive levels of innovation we demand from application software and development tools, it's interesting to think about how less concerned we become when a particular application's finely disciplined , work-product is exported and shared across a business unit - and beyond. Many companies are seemingly content to utilize standard File Transfer Protocol (FTP) technology - or even corporate email - for data file exchange and sharing. In fairness, these common transfer modes can provide accessible and convenient support for scores of thousands of individuals who need a daily, ad hoc capability for sharing mission-critical, business information.
Of course, as individuals, we all have nagging and ongoing concerns about executing file transfers. Was my file received, is it secure, is it too large for the recipient’s system, where is it in transmission, will its delivery be timely – and worse – shall I just start all over again?
But, when the scope of file sharing moves beyond a particular department or business unit, and when its volume and complexity is multiplied by hundreds (thousands?), of partners, suppliers, customers, and counter parties across legacy systems, ESBs, intranets and public clouds, it soon becomes apparent that “ad hoc” is not a strategy – and that the daily transference of millions of data files (both structured and unstructured), must be managed with the same degree of cutting-edge efficiency we have come to expect from leading B2B and trading partners solutions. In other words, FTP? - Welcome to the world of Managed File Transfer!
Managed File Transfer (MFT) provides a centralized approach to reduce file transfer complexity, including a security layer for authentication and encryption, and the ability to actually monitor file transfers on-route, and address file transfer failures.
MFT will be the subject for the upcoming webMethods Wednesdays live demo on July 27th at 11:00 am ET, “Eliminating File transfer chaos through Managed File Transfer”.
Focusing on webMethods Active Transfer, Software AG’s MFT solution, the session will address current FTP transfer challenges, including how to successfully execute file transfers of any volume and size, scaling-up to faster transfer speeds, security requirements, monitoring and tracking.
Should MFT be your next mission-critical B2B solution? Please click here to register for this webinar.