Getting Started with Thru Mobile File Sharing

January 30, 2014 | Posted in Dropbox, Enterprise File Sync and Share, File Sharing, Mobile Business | By

With the release of the latest versions of Thru for iOS and Thru for Android, many of our users are finally jumping on the mobile bandwagon. Thru includes many security features to ensure that mobile file sharing is secure for business and enterprise. This blog should serve as a guide to make sure you are utilizing these security features to their full potential. Enable or Disable Site Access This is a very simple feature to enable or disable all user’s access to mobile devices. Default settings will have this checked, unless an administrator disables this. To modify this setting, go to Site Options and click on the Access tab. Be sure “Enable mobile access for this site” is checked and

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AADI Enterprise Integration

December 16, 2013 | Posted in Business Applications, Enterprise, Gartner AADI, Integration, Managed File Transfer, MFT | By

Last week while exhibiting at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration conference, I was reminded of a presentation I sat in on earlier this year on the topic of integration of file transfer and management capabilities into Salesforce. I estimate there were several hundred IT professionals including CIOs, IT Managers and Enterprise Architects in attendance as the company presented their solution. The presentation included lots of interesting facts about how many files and users were in the system, the types of files, and the vast amounts of highly sensitive data that was in the system. During the Q&A period, some astute audience member asked, and I am paraphrasing: “How are access rights maintained between the Salesforce and the file

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Secure File Transfer with iOS 7

October 8, 2013 | Posted in Business Applications, Enterprise File Sync and Share, Managed File Transfer, Mobile Business | By

On September 18, 2013, Apple released iOS 7, the latest operating system for iPhone and iPad. The operating system is available on both new and older devices, so iPhone and iPad owners are now trying out the new features available with Apple’s sleek redesigned platform that were absent in previous versions. Apple delivered a streamlined, minimalist design. “Conspicuous ornamentation has been stripped away. Unnecessary bars and buttons have been removed,” Apple writes on its website. “And in taking away design elements that don’t add value, suddenly there’s greater focus on what matters most: your content.” Beyond the redesign, iOS 7 also boasts new features and functionality like configuring per app VPN, new MDM configuration options, and enterprise single sign on.

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Be Productive: Use Managed File Transfer

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Business Applications, Integration, Large File Transfers, Managed File Transfer, MFT, secure file transfer, Security | By

In 1913, Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company revolutionized efficiency and workflow in the factory with the first moving assembly line, developed for the Ford Model T. The assembly line focused on simplicity to: Bridge distance gaps in the assembly process so that workers have components close at hand Move work in progress easily during assembly Deliver finished work as conveniently as possible One hundred years later, these concepts still apply to business. This approach led to the development of workflow techniques to improve quality and productivity simultaneously.  Though workflows originated with the assembly line, they are still relevant in enterprise today to improve planning and quality, balance workloads, and eliminate bottlenecks. Businesses of all sizes and in all

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Managed File Transfer Meets Mobility

September 18, 2013 | Posted in Enterprise File Sync and Share, Managed File Transfer, Mobile Business, secure file transfer, Security | By

Tablets have become a force to be reckoned with in the enterprise. While sales of PCs – including both desktop and laptop computers – have declined in recent years, sales of tablets have skyrocketed. Initially, people bought tablets for personal, recreation use. However, times are changing. Recently, popular productivity blog Lifehacker polled their readers, and well over 60% of those who responded used a tablet for work. But it doesn’t stop there. According to a poll conducted by CDW, people aren’t just using tablets at home; 59% of respondents reported that they’re bringing their own tablets to work as part of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Cloud Storage Goes Mobile What gives tablets an edge over PCs in

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FTP Replacement: Thinking Outside the Box

September 11, 2013 | Posted in Business Applications, Dropbox, File Sharing, FTP Replacement, Managed File Transfer, MFT | By

Consumer dropbox applications have attracted millions of users, and the popularity of these solutions is growing by leaps and bounds. It’s not hard to see why free file sharing services are so in demand; they’re inexpensive and easy to download, with available storage, synchronization, and file transfer capabilities just a couple clicks and a few short minutes away. Though most consumers use free file sharing services to increase productivity by accessing and syncing files from multiple devices, these applications lack key features that would make the solution a good fit for the enterprise. In fact, many organizations have implemented IT security policies to block consumer dropbox applications and do not let users access portals classified as “personal network storage.” However,

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Secure File Transfer Bridges the Gap for Enterprise Applications

September 3, 2013 | Posted in Business Applications, FTP Replacement, Integration, Managed File Transfer, MFT, secure file transfer, Software | By

No Company is an Island The 16th century poet John Donne’s well-known phrase “No man is an island” resonates very well in our contemporary business environment. To compete and grow in today’s world, companies can no longer solely rely on the products, solutions, and talent developed within their own organization. Customers demand that applications and data from multiple sources are combined into a single, easy-to-use platform or business solution, enabling efficient workflow while protecting their technology and data assets. The companies that recognize this and serve their customers with complete end-to-end solutions by partnering with other products and solutions providers are positioning themselves to increase both customer acquisition and retention. At Thru, we often find ourselves bridging the gap in an

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Managed File Transfer: Meeting the Challenges of e-Discovery

August 27, 2013 | Posted in Big Data, Cloud, File Management, MFT | By

Legal action is an unfortunate but sometimes unavoidable part of doing business. To prepare for potential litigation, corporations need solutions to support the intricate processes and manage the documentary evidence that is involved. Organizations must ensure that all company information is fully auditable and trackable in the electronic discovery (e-discovery) process while still reaping the benefits of cloud file sharing solutions. A comprehensive managed file transfer platform can help. Consumer Cloud Storage Pitfalls In today’s climate of readily available consumer file sharing applications, employees can potentially upload, download, and share company data without any IT oversight. When legal disputes arise, using consumer file sharing services puts companies at risk of lost evidence, chain of custody infractions, fines, and, as a

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Improving IT Costing Transparency

August 19, 2013 | Posted in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction, Business Applications | By

The role of IT in enterprise has evolved. IT is now involved in delivering, brokering, or integrating IT services owned by entities outside the enterprise. This shift in operations affects IT funding and procurement decisions. IT organizations are more service-focused. They must also approach IT costing transparency and chargeback differently. Many IT departments and leaders struggle with streamlined costing and want to gain visibility into IT costs to establish legitimacy, responsibility, and accountability for IT services. Even in 2013, many organizations use a decidedly low-tech approach to tracking IT costs. IT departments often track costs manually, using a simple spreadsheet, and this approach to costing is inefficient at best and doesn’t help IT departments determine costing and chargeback effectively. Streamlined

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FTP Replacement for the Oil and Gas Industry

August 12, 2013 | Posted in Business Applications, File Sharing, Large File Transfers, Managed File Transfer, MFT, Mobile Business | By

IT departments for oil and gas companies often face an uphill battle to meet industry file transfer demands. Like many other industries, oil and gas companies are concerned with speed and security when transferring data, but they must also consider the possible complications transferring very large files across vast distances. MFT and Large Files File size limitations are at the forefront of the IT department’s collective consciousness when deciding how best to transfer files in the oil and gas industry. Oil and gas exploration companies with energy services such as wireline operations often need to take snapshots of wells to detect oil or natural gas hydrocarbons, and the log files of these snapshots can be up to 20 gigabytes. Many

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