Webinar – Prepare for The Future of Managed File Transfer

Webinar – Prepare for The Future of Managed File Transfer

Event Type: Live Webinar
Event Date: Thursday 29th June 2016
Event Time: 4PM – 4.30PM

You didn’t mean for it to happen, but your company has for years deployed multiple disparate managed file transfer solutions to support its daily B2B and A2A processes, as well as the various other systems that enable reliable data transformation, certificate management, and multi-protocol communications.

Integrating current data requirements already is overwhelming, but also juggling newly emerging integration use cases, including ground-to-cloud, cloud-to-cloud, big data ingestion, large file transfer, data transformation, and high-speed data transfer protocols? That’s something else entirely.

Webinar Presenters

FKFrank Kenny – Independent MFT Guru and Industry Expert

A former Gartner analyst with more than 15 years experience, Frank Kenny is an expert on managed file transfer and critical business information integration, leading MFT strategy in a variety of executive-level roles.

jtJohn Thielens – 
Chief Technology Officer, Cleo

With more than 30 years of experience in software development, John is responsible for crafting technology strategy, and innovation, and architecting enterprise integration solutions to solve complex integration challenges.

Get advice on modernising and prepping for the future of managed file transfer.

JSCAPE MFT Server 9.3 Released

JSCAPE MFT Server 9.3 Released


JSCAPE is pleased to announce the release of MFT Server 9.3.  This is a major release and includes several important enhancements highlights of which include:

  • Global Datastore – All configuration data has been migrated from file based storage to a relational database.  Configuration data may be stored in the local database that is included with the product or stored in a centralized database for high availability and clustering purposes.
  • JMS (Java Message Service) – Trigger events may be optionally published to a JMS queue for event processing.
  • Administrative ACL – Roles and Tags modules have been added providing for fine grained administrative permissions, limiting access to domains, modules within domains and data within modules.
  • Custom Administrative Authentication – Added ability to define custom authentication logic for administrative users.
  • Administrative Logging – All administrative actions are now logged in a separate logging interface dedicated to administrative activity logs.
  • RADIUS authentication – Added support for authenticating users using RADIUS server.
  • Minor enhancements and bug fixes.

If you are an existing customer and would like to upgrade to the latest version or are interested in finding out more about JSCAPE MFT please contact us on 0207 1189640.

Globalscape Webinar – Top Four Ways that MFT Benefits Healthcare Organisations

Globalscape Webinar – Top Four Ways that MFT Benefits Healthcare Organisations

Organisations within the healthcare industry face intense scrutiny from regulators and consumers in today’s modern data landscape. Given the high premium placed on patients’ medical records, hackers and cybercriminals are looking for any and every vulnerability to exploitThrough a Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution, IT professionals within the healthcare industry can gain the advantage.

Join us on this webinar for a strategic insight that you can apply to your healthcare organisation today!

Webinar Overview

The healthcare industry faces the immense challenge of preventing continuous data breaches from attempts by hackers or through human error. While the prevention of data breaches continues to be a priority for any IT professional managing the network and data of a healthcare organisation, ensuring operational efficiency and productivity is equally important.

A managed file transfer (MFT) solution can help an IT professional implement a data management strategy that includes a focus on efficiency, reliability, security, and compliance for all data activity.

You’ll leave this webinar with:

  • Current healthcare industry challenges with data movement
  • The top four ways that a healthcare organisation can benefit from a MFT solution
  • How Globalscape supports the healthcare industry

Event Type: Live Webinar

Event Date: Wednesday 21st January – 1200Hrs CST

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Managed File Transfer in Action – Scenario #2

Managed File Transfer in Action – Scenario #2

Helping Formula 1 To Move Data Quickly & Securely

The world of Formula 1 (F1) racing is one of high speeds, high stakes and leading edge technology. Drivers like Lewis Hamilton, are just the public face of a much larger team put together to build a car to go faster than their competitors. With stakes so high, racing teams are looking for ways in which they can gain a competitive edge.

Data plays a key part in F1. Each car has hundreds of sensors monitoring every aspect of the car, generating data on fuel load, tyre temperature, brake performance and much, much more. During a race this data is typically streamed back to race HQ enabling in-race, real-time decisions to be made about race strategy.

Big Data Movement for Formula 1

However the sensors create a large amount of data during pre-season testing, in simulation environments, before the race and during qualification, all of which needs analysing using the specialist analysis and decision support tools.

The data produced is valuable, very valuable. The performance of the team has a clear, measurable impact on the prize money received but what’s not quite so easy to quantify is the affect on the brand. The prize money available to the racing teams on its own is astronomical. In the 2014 season nearly $900m of prize money was split between the top 10 teams, Ferrari won the prize money race, with $164m, even though they finished fourth in the constructors championship due to a special agreement with F1.

2014 Prize Money

F1 Prize Money

Source: Formula Money

Typically racing teams spend much of the year in countries around the world where Internet connectivity isn’t always brilliant. Coupled with the distance back to HQ, any data transfers suffer with long round trip times (RTT), high packet loss and latency on the connection. The combination of these ‘features’ results in poor data throughput; this is where managed file transfer comes in.

Pro2col was approached by a Formula 1 team to help them solve the problems they were having with file transfers. They needed a system that was easy for the teams travelling the globe to send large data sets from their laptop back to their HQ in the UK. It needed to be able to cope with the challenging network environments that they would encounter before and during the race season, and of course security was of paramount importance.

Conducting A Needs Analysis

Pro2col conducted a thorough needs analysis with the Formula 1 team to understand their exact requirements, which allowed us to then review the available technologies in the marketplace, scoring them against the defined requirements.

Whilst a variety of products would have ‘done the job’, the devil was in the detail of not whether the software would do it but how. Eventually two technologies were recommended for evaluation. Pro2col’s technical team provided assistance in setting up the software and establishing the success criteria for the proof of concept, which resulted in both technologies performing as expected.

Working with the Formula 1 team, we established that one of the technologies had a much more competitively per-user, pricing structure with a clear growth path as they looked to expand it into other areas of the business, for example when sharing data with customers and suppliers.

Now four years on since the original implementation of the software the F1 team continues to perform well on the track and grow the footprint of its managed file transfer solution, adding further licences when the need arises.

If your company has challenges transferring sensitive or large data, the team at Pro2col can help. Our pre-sales and technical teams are able to guide you through the process from ‘needs analysis’ to installation and ongoing support. You can contact our team on 0333 123 1240 or send us a message through the contact page and we’ll call you back.

Managed File Transfer in Action – Scenario #1

Managed File Transfer in Action – Scenario #1

Automatically Download Files Via SFTP, Delete & Notify

The cost to the business of not having data where you need it, when you need it, can be very significant. Downstream processes, whether automated or manual, that rely on data that isn’t available can’t run. At best it creates a bottleneck or in extreme scenarios processes stop completely, unable to proceed without the next set of instructions. In a simple scenario this could amount to a day of orders not processed or jobs not being allocated to drivers. The cost could run into the tens of thousands of pounds or more.

Real Life Use Case – Utilities Company

We have countless customers that use the automated collection of data feature of managed file transfer (MFT), but one springs to mind with an interesting use case. We implemented a MFT solution at a Utilities company to automatically pick files up from a council. The files were wayleaves, which provided confirmation whether they had been granted permission to access certain locations to repair water leaks. The process they had in place initially was manual and not always completed daily, resulting in site visits to repair leaks being delayed.

How Can Managed File Transfer Help?

Addressing this issue was a relatively easy process and can be achieved in the better MFT solutions available. In this instance we scheduled the automatic collection or download of the required files from the council servers via SFTP. The process would have looked something like this:

  • Log on to SFTP* server
  • Navigate to the correct folder defined by the path provided
  • Download only the files needed to a local file store
  • Delete them from the source
  • Notify someone of success or failure

*SFTP is more commonly used for this type of activity than FTPS, due to it being more firewall friendly and not needing certificates for the authentication process. In the example screen grab below you can see the typical options available for a standard automation task. Here, the task has been configured to log into an SFTP server and navigate to the folder from which to download the files. The other configurable options ensure that only files of the correct types, naming convention and age are downloaded.

The task is the configured to run on specific days and at certain times, downloading the files to a defined location then providing for a simple email notification message to be delivered (see below).