Secure File Sharing at the Local Government Strategy Forum

Heythrop Park, April 12th – 13th This month I attended my second Local Government Strategy Forum, at the beautiful Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire. Invited by our partner Maytech, I was the ‘independent industry expert’ and had the pleasure of spending two days in this lovely environment, talking with senior management and C-suite executives from councils all around the UK. Before attending these events I had, what I believe to be a commonly held opinion, that council workers were underworked and overpaid. I’d read all the stories in the local press about the six-figure salaries and the cancellation of services to ensure their lavish lifestyle. However I’d never stopped to think what they actually did. Listening intently at these events has given me a small insight into the workings of councils, and whilst I’m sure there is still more efficiencies to be realised, I couldn’t have more admiration for the wide range of services they provide and the challenges they have prioritising them to balance the books. The financial challenges being faced by councils has lead to them adopting a more business-like approach. They are looking at every aspect of their business to drive out wastage and streamline operations, and that’s where my expertise came in. Over the duration of two days I spoke with in excess of 50 delegates about their data sharing, collaboration, secure file transfer and business process automation challenges. Our experience in this area, working with council’s such as Cambridgeshire County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and most recently Mid-Sussex Council, ensured we already had a view on some of the challenges being faced for data...

Attachmate FileXpress Reaches End of Life

It has been confirmed to Pro2col that Attachmate’s FileXpress product range listed below has been made end of life, and is no longer sold or supported by Attachmate. FileXpress Platform Server FileXpress Internet Server FileXpress Command Center FileXpress FileShot Attachmate FileXpress was an OEM* product from Tibco, who have now taken back full ownership of FileXpress and will continue to develop and support it under the Tibco name. Customers using Attachmate FileXpress are encouraged to engage with Tibco if they would like to continue under support. If you’d like to take this opportunity to review other available solutions, our managed file transfer comparison guide enables you to review, at a glance eight of the leading alternatives: http://pro2col.com/managed-file-transfer-comparison-guide-download/ Pro2col are independent File Transfer experts, so if you require any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact one of our team on +44 (0) 1202 433415. *Original Equipment Manufacturer   About Attachmate FileXpress FileXpress is an Enterprise File Transfer solution which manages and executes the secure delivery of any-size file, across all major platforms, to any location. Amongst the FileXpress modules there is an Web Browser Portal, Windows FTP Clients and a Central Dashboard for initiating, tracking and auditing....

Leading UK Pharmacy Centralises & Automates Data Transfer Requirements

Well, the UK’s largest independent pharmacy with 800 stores, 7000 employees and 73 million prescriptions issued per year, faced a dilemma. They had just been acquired by Bestway Group from the Co-Operative Group and needed to continue to seamlessly exchange business critical data with customers and suppliers after their split. With a considerable list of challenges that needed to be addressed, Well’s team approached the independent managed file transfer experts, Pro2col. Well wanted to simplify and better manage their automated and manual data transfer, especially those through financial accounting systems. Key requirements also included: 1. Data management efficiency through one secure, centralised platform for enhanced visibility and control2. File transfer integration within their environment for business critical applications AND between third-party applications with partners, vendors, or suppliers exchanging data3. Automation of financial accounting data to save time, improve security and increase accuracy4. Full audit and reporting for improved diagnostics5. Rapid deployment of new transfers on receipt of business requirements To read the case study in full, learn more about Well’s challenges, and find out which solution they selected, download the case study today.   “We worked closely with Well’s IT Project Manager to clarify which configuration best met his immediate requirements, whilst ensuring the solution could grow to address their future strategic direction. Globalscape’s scalability is a great fit for customers with evolving needs.” James Lewis Managing Director, Pro2col Ltd “In the case of major organizational changes, like Well’s acquisition by Bestway Group, old IT ecosystems may not be suited to handle future challenges brought upon by a new injection of resources and processes. However, by bringing on technology...

First European CFTP course held in London

This Certified File Transfer Professional (CFTP) training program prepares IT staff to work with managed file transfer (MFT) technology and operations. The CFTP classroom experience consists of presentations, practical labs and discussions which invite an open exchange of ideas and opinions around many areas of file transfer. On February 2nd and 3rd 2016, Pro2col Limited hosted the classroom based CFTP course in it’s London offices – the first time it has been held outside of America. The course attendees came from both the UK and continental Europe, and all had experience from different File Transfer products which resulted in a blend of skills and experiences between them. Day 1 On the first day the class looked at the different concepts used in file transfer and the methods used to encrypt data or perform integrity checking. The practical labs allowed the class to get a real hands-on feel for encryption by practising symmetric and asymmetric Public Key Infrastructure exchanges; hashing, salt and rainbow tables were also explored in depth. The various protocols used to transfer files were next on the agenda and included everything from basic FTP to the more advanced topic of accelerated data transfers. Combining the learning from protocols and encryption helped to facilitate understanding of how to perform AS1,2 & 3 transfers and de-mystify it for some of the attendees. Day 2 Following a review of the first day’s activities, on the second day of the course the class looked at the concepts around the “synchronisation” or “Ad-Hoc” transfers, an increasingly important aspect with modern MFT tools. Drawing again on the encryption lessons from day one, the class went on to look...

Our USA trip to visit file transfer vendors: Cleo & Ipswitch

An insight into more than just product roadmaps Last week was my first trip to the USA, which is all the more surprising as almost all of our suppliers are based there.  The weather reports leading up to the trip had forecast a snow storm making its way up the East Coast, dumping three foot of snow on New York and closing down the city.  Fortunately, we flew into Chicago around the storm. It was still bitterly cold though; it didn’t get much above freezing whilst we were there and don’t get me started on the windchill factor!! I was joined by my colleague Mark Allen, one of our senior technical consultants, as we visited two of our strategic vendors. Thankfully, Mark provided the technical insight and expertise leaving me to cover the subjects I’m more comfortable with; industry knowledge and business functions. We met quite a lot of people in our week long trip. Literally everyone I spoke to was happy to take the time to talk to you, was interested and engaging. The customer service I experienced was outstanding, everywhere.  One hotel worker even gave us a lift to a local steakhouse; not the ‘hotel recommended’ option but a little joint down the road. Needless to say the ribeye was excellent. I think the UK could learn a thing or two here, and it’s certainly made me think differently about our own services. The week started at Cleo.  We’ve only been working with them for a year or two, but what a company. Their Cleo Integration Suite, provides companies with a common platform for all of their data...

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. 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 Source: Formula Money Typically racing teams spend much of the year in countries around the world where Internet connectivity...