July 12, 2017, by Subhashini Simha - VP, Product Management and Marketing
Posted in Managed File Transfer
As most businesses scale and grow to meet business demands, managing data transfers between people and applications both internally and outside your organization is not only complex, but cost intensive as well with an aging or outdated file transfer infrastructure. The downside of attempting to update an aging or outdated application is not only cost intensive but also time-consuming. File transfer on the cloud can however save you that effort and help you scale up or down as your needs change. In this blog, we will explore the challenges with the various MFT solutions today and see how SaaS/ cloud-based MFT solution can come to the rescue.
Enterprise file transfer challenges:
At the premise, every IT decision maker looking for a file transfer solution understands that the file exchange processes with external users/ trading partners or applications is often very different for each channel. Each relationship has its own unique requirements that each require custom workflows to be created and managed to automate file collections and distributions between different locations. Here are some of the biggest challenges companies face with managing file transfers between multiple trading partners or external users and applications:
- Supporting partners’ various requirements for protocols, file types, speed, and security
- Lack of auditing for millions of transactions
- Complexities for managing scattered file workflows
- Low visibility into file activities
- File size limits in multiple applications
- Handling exceptions in workflows
- Managing notifications after files have been collected or distributed
- Slow connectivity in remote locations
- High IT overhead for user management and support
- Poor scalability for expanding file exchange processes
To simplify and modernize file exchange, your company can consider Thru’s cloud-based Managed File Transfer platform. No matter how complex the scenario, Thru’s suite of MFT solutions can handle any file exchange need of you, your external users or applications. Here are Thru’s three primary solutions for B2B file exchange with your partners:
Solve with a Cloud Solution – Thru OptiFLOW
OptiFLOW is a revolutionary cloud-based automation solution – the first of its kind in the market. With OptiFLOW, your company can easily create automated business workflows between any of your enterprise applications, repositories and services. To automate file exchange processes with trading partners, you can connect your partners’ source and target repositories (e.g. Amazon S3, FTP, SFTP, email) to OptiFLOW and then create workflows to securely push and pull files. Custom notifications can be added to workflows to notify the right users by email or text messages after actions have completed. For workflow creation, OptiFLOW uses a unique “top-down approach” that lets only selected administrators or project managers at your company create workflows and allows end users to subscribe to these workflows. This helps with the workflow chaos that most companies suffer with when they allow end users to create their own workflows. Learn more about OptiFLOW here.
A Combination of OptiFLOW & OptiBAND
If your company or trading partners have offices in remote locations with a poor connection, you can speed up file transfers to/from these locations by using OptiBAND. With OptiBAND, you can speed up content exchanges over LAN and WAB connections with OptiBAND’s adaptive real-time bandwidth management. When users send files with OptiBAND enabled, files are automatically compressed and the amount of bandwidth used is throttled based on limits set by administrators. When your connection is interrupted, a checkpoint restart feature picks up transfers where they left off, guaranteeing file deliveries irrespective of limited, long-distance networks.
MFT Flow Manager
The MFT Flow Manager provides an MFT integration method which reflects the business problem of passing participant files through flows. Thru Flow Manager manages the collection and distribution of files, while delegating file processing to enterprise middleware/iPaaS. The core of Flow Manager is the metadata for participants and their subscription to flows. From the interface of Flow Manager, administrators can add new flows, view and manage participant flow subscriptions, view the full activity stream, view flow statistics and more.
By using Thru for your B2B and automate file transfer needs, your company can significantly cut IT operational and infrastructure costs, improve productivity and make it easier to grow your business. To learn more about using Thru for B2B file exchange with your trading partners, read the datasheet or contact us today.