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Ditch mainframe-style costs and complexity — gain new levels of flexibility and control

Why continue to do “business as usual” using unsecured FTP sites or an expensive monolithic system to connect remote store locations to your corporate systems, when you can have mainframe-style benefits without the administration and governance headaches?

You can mitigate risks, improve agility, and derive more value from your existing IT assets with a single solution for managed file transfer (MFT). By moving from point-to-point connections and integrations to a unified platform, you can:

  • Eliminate processing latency by automating business processes and file transfers — including EDI — in a stable, secure, and easy-to-manage environment.
  • ƒCentralize IT support with a single dashboard for all facets of administration, configuration, monitoring and analysis of file-transfer activities and applications.
  • Manage business protocols, file transfer protocols, messaging, encryption policies and web services — all in one place.
  • ƒUse naming conventions that dramatically reduce customization workloads when implementing new data flows, including non-standard data types and ad hoc file transfers (including email with unstructured file attachments).
  • ƒStreamline integration with all remote operations. Axway’s integration products support industry standards (such as AS2) by processing data from any source in any format — including all variants of XML and EDI.

The right integration products will enable you to send data on to recipient applications (order processing, invoicing/collections, warehousing and inventory management, for example) with the data structure and transport mode they require, and the precision timing they expect.

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The Future of MFT – How Info-Tech Got it Right within the First Ten Words

By Rob Meyer, VP of Solutions, Vertical Marketing and Management, Axway

I once had a boss who always focused on the title of a presentation’s first slide. What was interesting was that it always pointed out what was right or wrong with the presentation itself.

This is very true with the recent Info-Tech report, “Vendor Landscape: Managed File Transfer.” Its subtitle is “Centralize, automate, and secure file transfer in the enterprise,” which is exactly what I see the market doing. So while it’s great to see Axway recognized as a Champion (i.e., leader) in MFT, which shouldn’t be too surprising, I think it’s more important to ask why, and to look ahead to the future of MFT.

Companies are centralizing MFT to cut costs and be more flexible and secure. Take the State of California: they’ve turned many independent MFT and point-to-point FTP deployments into a shared service and simplified new-deployment requests.

The savings have been huge. One deployment alone cut over $100,000 in IT costs.

But it wasn’t just about the costs. When the governor requested a new site for managing expenses, he wanted it delivered in days, not weeks. Because of this shared MFT service, that site was delivered on time.

Companies are also automating MFT provisioning to deliver new services. I recently saw a great example of why everyone needs to have an API strategy. A luxury goods provider had to deliver a configure-to-order service (a very common type of B2B service). In manufacturing, companies are always looking for ways to become more of a build-to-order company, more demand-driven, and more responsive to customers. That means that product configurators, which used to be delivered as a custom application or even as a web-based configuration tool, now need to be a service so they can be reused by retailers and applications. This company took an existing set of real-time ordering and MFT services — used for transferring high resolution images — and turned them into a unified REST service request for a custom configuration. And they used Axway solutions to orchestrate all the details, dynamically fulfill the request, deliver the images of the custom configuration behind the scenes, and provision any necessary MFT connections.

This same service was reused to quickly deliver an iPad application — complete with enterprise APIs — for retailers and consumers. Thanks to Axway 5 Suite’s REST API foundation, API Gateway, and REST APIs, this type of automation and enterprise API enablement was readily supported — a necessity when you consider that, according to Gartner, 50 percent of all B2B transactions will be made through APIs by 2016.

To deliver these external services, companies are securing applications. But they must also ensure complete visibility and auditability of important or regulated information (see Wikipedia’s WikiLeaks article to understand why that’s important). They need to protect corporate trade secrets and ensure consumer privacy laws are enforced. Many manufacturers use e-mail or straight, unsecured FTP to send out early designs to offshore contract manufacturers. If those files are compromised, knock-off products may hit the street and affect market share. And if customer information gets compromised, it can lead to fraud (if you’ve ever had a new credit card suddenly shipped to you, or been notified your credentials have been compromised, you’ve experienced this first-hand). This is why many companies replace FTP with SecureTransport, or add ad hoc MFT to their MFT deployments to support e-mail attachments. They’re locking down internal MFT and getting end-to-end visibility and control of file movement to establish a complete audit trail, maintain security, and ensure SLAs are met.

So what is the future of MFT? What should you do with MFT?

Look at what the report says about where MFT is going. Look at what the report says about features that are not the same across vendors. Companies are implementing more MFT as a shared service. They’re adding more self-service capabilities. MFT is becoming part of a larger set of integration capabilities (e.g., a single hub that manages the many protocols being used across a firewall). Companies are looking at MFT in the cloud, and more ad hoc and mobile MFT support is added every day.

That was a lot more than ten words! But hopefully, if you got anything out of this blog post, you remembered to read the title, and you’ll read the Info-Tech report, and start thinking about the future of your MFT.