Gartner AADI 2011 – Where Clients Woke up to the Benefits of the Cloud

December 7, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, Managed File Transfer, MFT | By

Having participated in several Gartner conferences over the years, as a Gartner Analyst covering Managed File Transfer (MFT), I am very familiar with Gartner research and trends. While working for Gartner I have seen the Cloud evolve from a curious little topic, covered by a handful of analysts, to a fully-recognizable and viable global resolution included by all analysts in their research agenda. However, in the years from inception, one trend has always remained: skeptics among the audience, regardless of what analysts and the industry are saying. Having jumped to the dark side (the “official” jargon used for anyone from Gartner moving to the vendor side), I found myself in a situation where I knew “everyone” attending the event, but

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Businesses are Embracing Cloud Computing

November 22, 2011 | Posted in Business Applications, Cloud, Content Delivery, File Management | By

More and more businesses are embracing cloud computing as a way to enhance their business processes, reduce time to revenue, and deliver new services more effectively. Business users are adopting the cloud 4 to 5 times faster than their IT departments – in a survey conducted by Avanade earlier this year, of 573 C-level executive and business unit leader respondents, 20% said they had actually gone around their IT department to provision cloud services. In addition, 61% said it was easier to provision the services themselves, and 50% said it takes too long to go through IT. KPMG also conducted a survey in which 80 percent of respondents said the switch to Cloud was driven by efforts to improve processes,

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Gartner AADI Summit is this Month

November 4, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, File Management, Managed File Transfer, PaaS, Secure Platform | By

We are excited about this year’s Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration (AADI) Summit in Las Vegas, November 29-December 2. Gartner says, “This Summit delivers on today’s key applications issues—from understanding the real business value of cloud computing and learning when, why and how to adopt cloud and agile methods, to making your SOA application development more productive, dynamic and simple.” We’re looking forward to some of the discussions we’ll have on why organizations are moving many of their business processes to the cloud:  financial statement delivery, electronic software distribution, project management, and patent processing.  We welcome the opportunity to confer on the advantages of a cloud-based managed file transfer solution.  Thru, Inc. will be in booth #NN at the

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More Trends in the Managed File Transfer Market

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, FTP, Managed File Transfer, MFT | By

In this second video, Lee Harrison and Thomas Skybakmoen, from Thru, Inc., discuss trends in the managed file transfer market, the drivers behind these, and what they see for 2012. While FTP replacement has been one of the key trends, there are three additional trends that have caught our attention. Consolidation Cloud Compliance

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FTP Migration – A Key Trend in the Managed File Transfer Market Today

October 14, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, FTP, Managed File Transfer | By

The explosion of files and file-sizes that need to be transferred is ever increasing. This upsurge is forcing organizations to take a step back and evaluate how they are handling today’s digital data.  This is just one of the factors driving a multitude of organizations away from FTP (FTP Migration). Other factors include:  scheduling, security, monitoring for audit-ability, plus scripting and exception handling. In this first video, of a series that Thru will be presenting over the next six months, Lee Harrison and Thomas Skybakmoen, from Thru, Inc., discuss why FTP Migration to cloud-based managed file transfer solutions is occuring, and what technological advancements have been made in the past months that have lead more companies to the cloud. Find out how Thru’s

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Managed File Transfer (MFT) vs. File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

September 9, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, FTP, Managed File Transfer, MFT | By

The term “Managed File Transfer” (MFT) started to emerge in the mid 2000’s as a means to clearly distinguish between the 1980’s “File Transfer Protocol” (FTP) and the fresh approach companies were beginning to use to transfer data. As defined by Gartner, “Managed file transfer software and services enable users to manage and monitor file transfers within and between organizations.”  In this definition Gartner uses “manage” and “monitor” to highlight and explain the key differences between MFT and FTP. Manage – means to manage all file transfers using one interface (one place) across all business units, operations, systems, applications, partners, etc. Monitor – means to monitor all file transfers in one centralized location which in turn means better governance, compliance

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PaaS and the Future

August 12, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, Managed File Transfer, MFT, PaaS | By

In an article in Cloud Computing Journal, PaaS is once again highlighted as the future of the enterprise market. The article Cloud Computing: AppFog Gets $8 Million states that “Industry analysts have told the start-up and its backers that Platform-as-a-Service is beginning to eclipse bare bones Infrastructure-as-Service (IaaS) and should be in for ‘big growth,’ especially in the enterprise market.” Why is this the case? PaaS can be compared to Lego blocks. As with Lego, PaaS is built using one platform, where only one “product” exists. PaaS may come in different colors, sizes and shapes, but all product enhancements, such as updates, security and new features, is all fed back into one code base, thus everything benefits all customers. Lego

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A Note on Cloudwashing

August 5, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, Managed File Transfer, PaaS | By

There is a lot of Cloudwashing taking place in the industry today where more established ‘legacy’ vendors are simply rebranding or repackaging existing products and not fulfilling the real potential of Cloud Computing. They often host their products in Cloud environments so they can market their solutions in the “Cloud” category, but at the end of the day it’s still one instance of software and they can’t offer elasticity, horizontal scalability or multitenancy of “true Cloud” based solution. To understand some of the key differences between the “true Cloud”, and the on-premises software model, companies need to focus on three components: cost, procurement/deployment cycle and expertise: Cost – A “true Cloud” solution is less expensive in terms of server-to-server comparisons

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Integrated Project Delivery Made Easy with Cloud-based MFT

July 13, 2011 | Posted in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction, Cloud, MFT, Project Management | By

The AEC industry is going through phenomenal changes as it positions itself to use electronic technology as a core corporate strategy for tomorrow’s business models. Ready access to information is the key driver pushing the AEC industry into a digital world. Architects have found that the ability to provide timely exchange, and the review and approval of critical project data is a vital component of the project workflow and project success. It is not surprising that many AEC organizations are turning to virtual file systems to ensure their project files are tracked, secured, versioned, updated and synchronized across all members of the project team and the around the world. Before turning to the cloud as a platform to exchange and

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HKS Builds Cowboys Stadium with Thru

July 8, 2011 | Posted in File Management, Secure Platform | By

Probably the most prominent sports stadium that has been designed within the last decade, HKS has built the Dallas Cowboys Stadium which really replicates and accentuates the brand of the Dallas Cowboys. HKS Sports and Entertainment Group set-up a system to protect the integrity and the security of all the raw documents that were produced in building the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.  With multiple partners spread out through the world, HKS turned to Thru, Inc. to set up a secure platform that allowed them to share information and documents with all their partners. In this video HKS Architect, Mark Williams, discusses how his team utilized Thru to successfully distribute and receive information with its global partners.

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