We are thrilled to announce Thru and Boomi, a Dell Technologies Business, have partnered to release the Thru Managed File Transfer (MFT) Connector for Boomi now available in AtomSphere! This new connector enables Boomi customers to replace outdated file transfer servers and integrate file transfer services with Boomi processes out-of-the-box.
Outdated File Transfer Servers are Problematic for B2B Integration
As organizations continue to modernize B2B integrations using Boomi, many solution architects and integrators are finding that legacy file transfer systems are like old cars, riddled with issues that cause slowdowns. Top problems include slow partner onboarding, lack of automation and centralized activity monitoring, no integration with APIs and poor security. Often homegrown and on-premises, these outdated file transfer systems often strain limited IT resources. The diagram below shows the tangled mess integrating these systems can create, as they require painful patches and point-to-point integrations requiring expert coders.
How Thru and Boomi Modernize B2B File Transfer
Thru and Boomi bring together two powerful cloud-native platforms to solve the problems of outdated file transfers and tangled B2B integrations. With the Thru MFT Connector for Boomi, enterprises can consolidate system-to-system file exchange on Thru’s platform, where file transfers can be easily scheduled, secured, tracked and controlled. Top benefits of integrating Thru with Boomi processes include
- Increased operational efficiency with point-and-click onboarding of file transfer workflows to Boomi – no coding required!
- Thru’s cloud-native platform is highly available, instantly scalable, load balanced, built with resilience and persistence.
- Guaranteed file delivery with built-in fault tolerance features such as auto-resume and recovery.
- Transparent file transfer visibility for the enterprise and trading partners with Thru’s “single pane of glass” dashboard and detailed reporting.
- Time savings on revenue-impacting projects with no need to manage code or on-premises infrastructure.
- Simplified troubleshooting with real time alerts and notifications.
The Thru platform supports multiple file transfer use cases using the Thru MFT Connector for Boomi to connect file transfer workflows to backend B2B systems. Thru’s partner self-service dramatically decreases onboarding time from days or weeks to minutes, thereby enabling lines of business to quickly connect with suppliers, business partners and customers; greatly expediting revenue impacting decisions.
The following use case highlights how Thru smoothly integrates with Boomi without any coding.
Use Case: Receive Files from Multiple Organizations and Drop Off Files in Boomi Process
Enterprises can deploy the Thru and Boomi solution to schedule file pick-ups from multiple sources and drop off in Boomi processes, report outcomes back to Thru and then archive specific files in Amazon S3.
Use case workflow:
- Create a Boomi Transport in Thru to Receive Files from Multiple Sources
- Connect Thru Transport to Boomi Process with Thru MFT Connector
- Organizations Self-Subscribe to Boomi Transport and Add Endpoints for File Drop Off
- View File Audit Report in Thru Admin Console to Track Activity
1 – Create Boomi Transport in Thru to Receive Files from Multiple Sources
To be included in file exchange processes, internal and external organizations subscribe to MFT workflows, known as “Transports,” in the Thru portal. A Boomi “Feed” transport type is created to pick up files from subscribed organizations and automatically feed files into a Boomi process.
2 – Connect Thru Transport to Boomi Process with Thru MFT Connector
In AtomSphere, the transport is then connected to a Boomi process using the Thru MFT Connector for Boomi. In the Boomi process below, the “Get” operation is used to receive files from the Thru transport. The “Outcome” Thru operation is used to report back to Thru whether a transfer was “completed” or “failed.” The last step of this Boomi process checks for .zip file type and, if matched, archives the files into an Amazon S3 location.
3 – Organizations Self-Subscribe to Boomi Transport and Add Endpoints for File Drop Off
Once the transport and Boomi process are published, organizations can subscribe to the Thru transport and configure their desired endpoints and schedule for Thru to pick up files. In the example below, an organization has subscribed to a transport and configured an SFTP server endpoint where files will be picked up and fed into a Boomi process every 15 seconds.
4 – View File Audit Report in Thru Admin Console
After files have been picked up by Thru and delivered into Boomi processes, the status of the deliveries can be viewed by organizations in Thru’s end-to-end dashboards.
Thru and Boomi: Increasing Operational Efficiency and Business Agility
The most significant benefit of Thru and Boomi’s new integration is the increase in operational efficiency and agility of critical business processes like EDI and banking transactions. By deploying the Thru / Boomi B2B integrated file transfer solution, enterprises can greatly optimize critical B2B transactions across the supply chain and lines of business.
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