Archive for January 2012
The Many-Headed Beast of Managed File Transfer

By Bill Reeves, Sr. Director, Product & Solution Marketing (MFT), Axway

MFT alternatives can cover a wide range of needs within your company. But like the hydra slain by Hercules, MFT solutions often generate new challenges on the way to solving existing ones.

These challenges include:

  • • Identifying the type of platform the MFT solution should run on
  • • Determining where the applications will reside
  • • Deciding on whether to go with a typical software implementation
  • • Considering the benefits of a managed service (where a vendor like Axway can assist you)
  • • Considering the benefits of a SaaS model (where you can outsource the platform and use some flavor of the cloud)

Weighing these challenges means answering four distinct questions that will give you a clear picture of exactly where your MFT solution needs to take you:

  •  What kind of data are you exchanging? Files, orders, payments, invoices, financial data, proprietary data? What information needs to move through your system?
  •  What are you connecting? Not just point-to-point, but any and all connections that encompass your overall process – be they internal applications, automated systems, external gateways, human-to-human interactions, and more. 
  •  Where is your data going? Is it just travelling internally, or is it being transmitted to vendors, suppliers and customers? Knowing the scope of your communications and the degree of control you have and/or need over endpoints is critical.
  •  How do you need to manage all of this data movement? For instance, what are the top issues prompting you to reconsider your current file-transfer system in the first place? Reliability? Visibility? Security? All three? Do you currently lack the ability to provide appropriate governance and/or guarantee integrity to your systems?

In short, you have to think holistically – instead of focusing on solving individual file-transfer problems in your organization, think of your entire system. And that’s no small task. For many organizations, the best strategy may be to find an experienced MFT vendor – like Axway – that can bring a storehouse of expertise to bear on scoping and solving your enterprise MFT challenges.

 

Axway Sr. Director, Portfolio Strategy Paul Lavery Posts on SupplyChainBrain.com: “The New ‘Lean’ – How Data Agility and Data Visibility Are Driving the Future of Supply Chains”

Axway Sr. Director, Portfolio Strategy Paul Lavery recently posted a blog post on SupplyChainBrain.com, “the world’s most comprehensive supply chain management information resource.” Please take a look and share your thoughts!

“The lessons from Japan’s earthquake made something painfully clear for global manufacturers: it was time to reexamine the lean-supply strategies that had become ubiquitous across the industry. And the result has been somewhat of a rollback of two decades worth of systems and infrastructure set up to develop tightly integrated supply and inventory operations. As the earthquake in Japan and the floods in Thailand have impacted supply chains worldwide, many organizations are starting to push for solutions that deliver better visibility and control around supplier location and product availability.”