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Gartner on government digital transformation

Gartner on government digital transformation

Tackling crisis recovery, data standardisation, governance and security

Digital transformation, crisis recovery and data standardisation were important themes discussed at the Government ICT conference last week. Pro2col’s Ailsa Gibbs considers these against Gartner advice, and offers pragmatic solutions to some seemingly insurmountable challenges. This information from Gartner comes from the Government Digital Transformation and Innovation Primer for 2021, which was published on 5th January this year.

“Data is at the heart of the digital transformation of government.” Gartner

This was the overarching message of the presentations during the GOV-ICT event last week.  As an attendee, I found it particularly helpful to get such a wide range of perspectives on the challenges surrounding data usage and the modernisation of government infrastructure to enable new ways of working.

“Communities in crisis, or recovering from crisis, expect their governments to be agile, proactive, connected, informed and outcome focused.” 

Gartner

Government Digital Transformation and Innovation Primer for 2021, 5 Jan 2021

There were several examples of this agile approach over the course of the day, from the DVLA enabling quick access to data for approving grants, to the changes at the DWP to get staff working from home.  Clearly the planned digital transformation agenda for 2020 adapted to address the urgent need to enable remote working and digital delivery of services.  This year’s digital transformation agenda therefore starts from a place where “The digital, business and social ecosystems in which governments operate are looking to the government to share and facilitate the movement of data to help drive their recovery.” This will require a continued focus on data sharing, legacy modernisation and enabling staff to deliver services from wherever they are.

Data standardisation

Data standardisation was a theme that linked many of the presentations as the ultimate solution for simplifying data sharing across departments and silos.  This is a mammoth task. In the meantime, pragmatic solutions will be required to classify and govern data sharing so that the right information is shared with the right departments and systems.  Unstructured data in particular will be need to be assessed and granular tags applied to enable accurate file sharing; much more useful than just marking it as confidential.  As outlined in the opening remarks, these conditions for success will enable data sharing around a common purpose with urgency and accountability.

“CIOs are still tackling the challenges associated with managing largely untapped content and data, identifying and managing new data sources, and improving data quality.” Gartner

In addition to data standardisation, accountability and governance was a common theme.  We heard examples including tracking what information is being shared and why, auditing to ensure legal compliance and to raise public confidence, and even clinical protection.  The benefits of being able to share data today – securely and strategically – were best demonstrated by the presentation on the Shielded Patient list.  The more we know, the more targeted help we can provide.

Our own experience of working with government clients in recent months includes projects to secure transfers of genome data between network zones and partners, local councils moving data between schools and partners, automating and securing the data transfers from councils to central government for juror selection, housing associations receiving data from DWP, NHS units consolidating legacy systems and migrating to cloud and more.

File transfer

File transfer plays a key role in enabling data sharing and acts as the stepping stone between the future cloud first strategy and the reality of today’s legacy systems.  For assistance with data sharing, control and moving to cloud, please get in touch.

We’ve created a checklist of our top things to consider before reviewing and comparing solutions. We are happy to share this with you – just email sales@pro2colgroup.com.

Alternatively, our free comparison service provides an independent assessment of the best secure managed file transfer solution for your organisation. Answer a series of questions and our technical experts will match your security, compliance, automation and integration requirements against the leading products on the market. It’s what we do every day so we can help to cut through the noise, shortcut the process and get to the right decision with more accuracy.

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Hybrid Managed File Transfer: Its Strategic Importance in a Hybrid Enterprise

Hybrid Managed File Transfer: Its Strategic Importance in a Hybrid Enterprise

Pro2col finally saw the anticipated increase in demand for hybrid managed file transfer (MFT) solutions in 2020. The jump in interest was significant, with demand increasing by more than 400% from 2019, largely being driven by Enterprises and Public Sector entities. Will 2021 be its coming of age?

What is Hybrid MFT and how does it fit with today’s modern hybrid Enterprise?

For many years organisations have invested in MFT solutions to replace in house developed scripts for the movement of files into, out of and around organisations. Out of the box it provides extensive functionality for file based workflows. It’s therefore become a traditional mainstay of enterprise architecture.
Organisations have accelerated their ‘digital transformation’ journey with a relentless march to a cloud first infrastructure. As a result, business workflows are being re-architected for the cloud, or being natively built for the first time. It would be safe to say, once built and saving the business from disaster, they’re not likely to move elsewhere any time soon.
Enterprise architects are presented with the need to address a problem they’ve solved before, albeit in a different environment: which is the best way of getting files to my business process?

Innovation

Platform innovation is something the majority of MFT vendors tended to shy away from leading up to 2018. Every one of them knew they needed to be ready for the cloud. But with significant revenues coming from on-premise, perpetual or subscription licenses, the risk of canibalisation led to many becoming stuck staring into the headlights of the onrushing customer demand.

Fast forward to 2021 and managed file transfer has become an even more crucial component of enterprise architecture. On-premise software estates have continued to grow. Single server installations are being upgraded to highly available infrastructure, which is fast becoming the norm. Deployments frequently span multiple geographically dispersed data centres to deliver business continuity.
The conundrum MFT vendors expected the cloud to present hasn’t materialised. Rather than replacing on-premises MFT solutions with cloud based alternatives, pretty much the opposite is true. Organisations are enabling their hybrid infrastructure with hybrid MFT, a combination of cloud and on-premise platforms to meet their evolving requirements.
This proves to be a really interesting time in the evolution of the MFT industry, as enterprises are thinking about their solution of choice for the cloud. It also brings on-premise solutions into focus. It raises the question: should the solution of choice be standardised across cloud and on-premise to provide common interfaces and functionality for those responsible for supporting and maintaining them?

What is Managed File Transfer as a Service (MFTaaS)?

MFTaaS, is the cloud hosted component of hybrid MFT. The technology is still rapidly evolving, but with the global marketplace worth a billion dollars or more, we’ll likely see further innovation with new entrants shaking up the landscape as the marketplace matures.
Currently it’s contested by the main vendors of on-premise, enterprise MFT software. Their focus is predominately on medium to large enterprises and the offerings and prices reflect that.
The challenge for MFT vendors over the past three years has been to work out how their feature-rich software might become a viable and profitable cloud offering. The resulting solutions are largely either multi-tenant or single tenant deployments of the same software, or subset of the original code base, with varying platform options. As software vendors, understandably there is little in the way of professional services, the focus being to deliver the platform rather than building large service teams. Thankfully, that’s where a consultancy like Pro2col steps in.
Of course, we shouldn’t forget there are cloud native offerings. However, there are none currently, that I’m aware of, that deliver the level of functionality offered by the main MFT vendors – specifically when a hybrid approach is required. This really calls into focus the functionality of on-premise solutions. However, the marketplace is changing rapidly.

Comparing Hybrid MFT Solutions

Choosing the right MFTaaS platform to become the ‘file transfer gateway’ to an enterprise’s cloud infrastructure. It’s an important decision to get right, to support digital transformation strategies. With the marketplace still fairly new, this decision is made more challenging by the different delivery mechanisms, pricing models and the frequent consideration given to standardising platforms.
It’s certainly a complex challenge for enterprise architects and other IT personnel to get to grips with, amongst all the other projects likely being undertaken simultaneously.

In order to make your Hybrid MFT project a little easier to knock into shape, we’ve created a checklist of our top things to consider before reviewing and comparing solutions. We are happy to share this with you – just email sales@pro2colgroup.com.

Alternatively, our free comparison service provides an independent assessment of the best secure managed file transfer solution for your organisation. Answer a series of questions and our technical experts will match your security, compliance, automation and integration requirements against the leading products on the market. It’s what we do every day so we can help to cut through the noise, shortcut the process and get to the right decision with more accuracy.

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The four most common workflow automation use cases

The four most common workflow automation use cases

This year alone we’ve helped countless businesses with workflow automation use cases – sourcing the right solution and building their workflows. In this blog we’ve summarised four of the most common examples we’ve delivered in recent months.

Business growth is hindered by manual processes or outdated, inefficient scripts. They are time intensive, costly and more susceptible to human error. Ultimately these processes generate little job satisfaction and employees’ time could be much better spent on tasks that add more value to their customers or service users.

Sophisticated automated file transfer is far more efficient in comparison. The quicker response times can give organisations the competitive edge, reducing costs and increasing margins.

Most common workflow automation use cases

We asked the Pro2col technical team to tell us the most common automation use cases they see, working with organisations from all industry sectors.

1. Securely pushing and pulling files to and from S3 and blob storage.

We’ve recently set this up for a customer for long-term archiving of financial data, and for a healthcare organisations for simple retrieval of patient data held across multiple disparate systems. This functionality is either enabled via an additional cloud connector module, or through capabilities native to your file transfer solution.

2. Collecting files from a defined location, extracting data from Excel and inputting it into a database.

We set this up for an insurance broker recently, who wanted to automate policy updates between their customer and the insurer. This is delivered using advanced workflow capabilities with conditional logic.

3. Extracting files and converting them into different data formats.

This is another common insurance use case. The workflow would pull customer information from a CRM system (eg: Salesforce) into a JSON file, move it to a secure folder location, convert it to a CSV file then email it to a specific person or department. When someone makes an insurance claim, this process is executed to provide the claims handler with the complete customer record. This is delivered using a Salesforce cloud connector, a secure folder module, folder monitoring and advanced workflow capabilities.

4. Integration with cloud-based applications (eg: ServiceNow, Jenkins).

We’ve recently worked with a help desk to replace an outdated script with seamless integration with ServiceNow via a cloud connector. ServiceNow is a ticketing / job management tool. When an email request is submitted to a defined inbox, the automated workflow executes. It collects the email, converts the content into a ServiceNow ticket and sends an automated email back to the sender with a ticket number.
As you’ll see from these examples, automation can take different forms: System-to-system automation, triggering regular batch transfers and onward data gathering processes; person-to-system automation, such as web form data capture or order management with automate onward processes; and system-to-person automation which can manage the secure distribution of data. Whichever use case fits your business, we guarantee you will soon reap the benefits.

Benefits automation

  • Security: Workflow automation will encrypt and transfer data between systems and endpoints, eliminating the need for manual processing, scripts and multiple FTP servers.
  • Save time: Time-intensive manual processes and managing multiple outdated scripts both take up a lot of time. Automation allows businesses to re-invest team resources in order to focus on higher priority responsibilities.
  • Cost savings: As well as saved staff time, automation helps prevent financial penalties associated with SLAs and data protection regulation violations.
  • Visibility: Workflow automation is managed through a centralised platform, giving full control and operational visibility of all data transfer activity. This level of reporting is invaluable for compliance with regulations like the GDPR.
  • Ease of use: Most automation solutions have an easy-to-use tool to build and schedule workflows. For example, monitoring folders to execute workflows when new or changed files appear. A scheduler allows you to set specific times to execute workflows, such as night time to minimise load on the server, or delay sending if users are on leave or absent.
  • Scalability: This technology is scalable, meaning you can add additional modules or workflows as your business requirements grow. This future-proofs your solution.
  • Accuracy: Maintaining multiple scripts written by different employees in different scripting languages introduces complexity and reduces your ability to scale file transfer activities. Automated file transfer solutions helps take the ‘human error’ out of this process.

We are currently offering up to a 10% discount on modules that address these or other automation use cases. Please get in touch to discuss your particular use case. Alternatively if you need help building your workflows, download our template. Our expert engineers have put this together to help you organise your file transfer automation workflows and file recipients before building or moving legacy workflows across.

3 Powerful Examples of MFT and DLP Paired in Action

Three Powerful Examples of MFT and DLP Paired in Action

This guest blog from HelpSystems outlines how you can maximise the power of MFT by pairing it with a DLP solution

On paper, combining two robust software products to form a more complete solution is a no-brainer. But how does it actually work? First, let’s take a look at what the two solutions – adaptive data loss protection (A-DLP) and managed file transfer (MFT) – each offer users. Then, we’ll highlight a few specific use cases where the combination of DLP and MFT elevates an organisation’s cybersecurity position, better than each solution could alone.

DLP offers content inspection:

  • Replacing sensitive text – including PII, PCI, and HIPAA – with asterisks.
  • Detecting and redacting text contained in images, even scanned ones.
  • Redacting text but allowing for files to still be delivered, minus offending content.

MFT delivers secure file transfers:

  • Dashboard-friendly, centralised control
  • Auditing and reporting
  • Advanced workflow automation
  • Document collaboration
  • File transfer security

What Level of Data Security do DLP and MFT Provide Together?

  • With MFT in place, the movement of files inside and outside of your organisation is secure and automated, with the collaboration and data tracking functionality not available with DLP alone.
  • MFT securely transfers attachments between organisations and trading partners
  • The ICAP Gateway intercepts content when threat protection and DLP requirements exist
  • ICAP runs rule sets (keyword search, executable renaming, script removal, etc.).
  • If the content can be sanitised the transmission is allowed and continues
  • If content cannot be sanitised the transmission is blocked

Together, HelpSystems’ Clearswift A-DLP solution and MFT provide a layered, unified, and web-based solution – from the content contained, to the secure data transfer of the content. Both solutions are trusted worldwide for their ability to provide enterprise-level protection against data breaches. When software is paired from a single provider, it provides stability and superior customer service.

MFT and DLP Use Cases: Combined for End-to-End Security

Use Case #1: Defence sector vendor needs to transfer attachments between employees and trading partners.

Originally, this vendor used MFT to securely transfer the attachments sent between its employees and partners. They decided to also add deep content inspection to these file transfers by integrating their MFT with Secure ICAP Gateway, adding Structural Sanitisation and Anti-Virus for additional layers of security. With both solutions in place, the vendor can:

  • Intercept content when threat protection and DLP requirements exit.
  • Run the proper rule sets (keyword search, executable renaming, script removal, etc.).
  • Control whether content is allowed or blocked. If content can be sanitised, then transmission continues. However, if content cannot be sanitised then the transmission is blocked.

Use Case #2: A credit card vendor needed insight into when customer, employee and/or patient records in a file were being uploaded to MFT.

This credit card vendor needed to detect when records contained in files (for employees and/or patients) were being uploaded to MFT. They also needed to be able to count the records and maintain an audit log showing what data was being shared and with whom, and to have the ability to corroborate files from a single record. The vendor was able to do all of this by integrating the secure ICAP Gateway with MFT. In addition, with this combination of solutions, they can take advantage of Lexical Expression Qualifiers and trigger different actions based on the number of records detected – actions such as an audit, refer to sender, redaction or block).

Use Case #3: Government agency needed same level of security from uploads received as they got from their MFT transactions.

This government agency regularly needs to accept file uploads from partners and the public. However, because this action can be exploited to deliver active content or even viruses and malware, they knew they needed to achieve comparable threat protection to what they had in place with their MFT file transfers. The agency integrated the Secure ICAP Gateway with their MFT for a combined, secure solution. Now, any file can be scanned before it is either passed or accepted and infected content is then destroyed or redacted. They also have the choice of triple-AV (Kaspersky/Sophos/Avira) and constant Active Content Protection in place.

Get in touch today to learn more about how your business will benefit from integrating MFT with a DLP solution.

Alternatively, reserve your place to see a live demo via our webinar below.

Clearswift A-DLP with Managed File Transfer

29/9/202010:30pm BST30 minutes
Join us for a short webinar demo showing how Clearswift ICAP integrates with your MFT solution. This will extend your security, whilst minimising the impact on business processes. The demo will be led by Clearswift Engineer Steve Jeffery.
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$40,000 of free training

$40,000 OF FREE TRAINING

Helping businesses adapt to the increased demand for secure remote working and workflow automation

As COVID-19 took a hold on the world, businesses everywhere were forced to switch their offices for home studies, and their board meetings for zoom calls. Behind the scenes, we recognised the growing need for secure file transfer and business process automation. So we embarked upon a plan to give away our Certified File Transfer Professional (CFTP) training programme, completely free of charge.

Over 136 engineers signed up and completed the course – which equates to over $40,000 of free training!

Thanks to this offer, a huge group of employees have been able to continue developing their careers in lockdown, and are now better equipped to tackle the lingering economic challenges of COVID-19.

Managing Director James Lewis says, “I am delighted with the success of this promotion and the positive impact it will have on so many businesses, both now and in the future.”

Although the course is no longer available for free, there are still a whole host of reasons why the CFTP is a fantastic investment for IT professionals wanting to learn new skills or certify their knowledge:

1. The CFTP certifies your existing file transfer knowledge
Adding this to your CV will make you stand out ahead of your next promotion. It will help you work more efficiently as demand for remote working and automation continues to ramp up. The certification is CPD accredited, so employers know it’s a reputable qualification from a trusted provider.

2. Learn new knowledge that’s transferable across vendors
It’s vendor-independent – the only course that is in fact – so what you learn is applicable across all Managed File Transfer solutions.

3. Learn safely from your own home at your own pace
There’s no need to go to an exam centre or classes. It’s all online and you can do it at any time to fit it around child care or other work and family commitments.

4. Maintain full lifetime access to the resources once you’ve finished
The video lessons and study guide are there for you to refer to whenever you need, even after completion.

5. It’s available for just £240!

Enrolling couldn’t be easier – just visit the CFTP training programme and add it to your basket. We’ll set you up with your unique learning profile so you can get started straight away.

Pro2col also run and host product-based training tailored to your Managed File Transfer solution and requirement. As experts solely focused on this niche, we are perfectly placed to ensure your staff are fully trained to be able to use and support your software. Find out about other training options.

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Managed File Transfer software comparison

Enterprise Managed File Transfer Software Comparison

We review the MFT vendor landscape for 2020-21
There are a lot of out of date or inaccurate comparisons of enterprise Managed File Transfer (MFT) vendors online. People still use the Garter MFT Vendors Magic Quadrant, for example, but it’s over ten years old. And there are other comparisons from so called ‘experts’ who only sell one product – so of course they will say it’s the best.

So, why should you listen to us? At Pro2col, we are independent experts and have worked with secure and Managed File Transfer for over 15 years. In fact we’re often asked to assist vendors with product research and development. We are also providers and developers of the only vendor-independent training programme: The Certified File Transfer Professional (CFTP).

We’ve distilled this knowledge to create a top five Enterprise Managed File Transfer comparison, and give you an overview of the rest of the marketplace.

All the products in our top five support the major transfer protocols, deliver high security with PGP encryption and other measures. They all have sophisticated enterprise schedulers, workflow triggers and cloud connectivity, plus excellent visibility / SLA monitoring capabilities.

All these vendors bring out regular releases and are responsive to any issues. That is ultimately why they have made the list.

These are in alphabetical order – we haven’t listed them by which is best. They are all strong products and the right one will depend entirely on your business and budget. For example, do you need enterprise Managed File Transfer or have smaller requirements? Ultimately, there is no ‘best Managed File Transfer’, but the best fit for you.

I hope this Enterprise Managed File Transfer Software Comparison helps you.

James Lewis

Managing Director, Pro2col Ltd

Enterprise Managed File Transfer comparison top five

Coviant Software – Diplomat MFT 

Coviant Software - Diplomat MFT

Diplomat MFT is one of our top five solutions because it has particular areas of strength and is really good value for money.

It has always been strong on efficiency and versatility, but it solves some specific problems very well in a rapidly changing space; especially enterprise integration for cloud storage, web services and it is platform independent.

Diplomat MFT has an increasing number of application and cloud integration points. The product is benefiting from a new lease of life under Greg Hoffer, the recently appointed CEO. He is working directly with users to understand their specific requirements and extend the product capabilities. 

But Diplomat’s USP is definitely its value for money. The product is considered by the analysts as the value player in the market.

The company was formed in 2004 and is based in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Globalscape Software – EFT Server

Globalscape Software - EFT Server

No MFT comparison would be complete without including Globalscape EFT Server. It has been a cornerstone of the MFT marketplace for well over a decade. It has always been a strong automation platform for Windows and they bring out a major new release each year.

There are three versions of Globalscape EFT, which stands for Enhanced File Transfer. They are EFT Express for smaller to medium-sized businesses or tactical deployments; EFT Enterprise for enterprise Managed File Transfer incorporating the whole infrastructure; and their cloud-based solution EFT Arcus.

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Managed File Transfer software comparison

EFT has a modular structure, so organisations can easily scale their solution by adding new features.

Globalscape has recently realigned their business strategy and the release of EFT 2020 (version 8) includes some very advanced new functionality.  The privacy and compliance features are ideal for supporting GDPR or other regulations. This is – without a doubt – now the product’s USP. It includes settings which map to the sections of the GDPR, a built in risk assessment report to identify compliance fails, the ability to assign tasks to Data Protection Officer (DPO) and a lot more!

The company was recently acquired by HelpSystems and remains based in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

HelpSystems – GoAnywhere MFT

Helpsystems - GoAnywhere MFT

The original developers Linoma were acquired a few years back, bringing GoAnywhere MFT under the HelpSystems umbrella. Since this acquisition, they have continued to prove to be an innovative vendor.

GoAnywhere MFT is a cross-platform application and very strong on cloud connectivity. HelpSystems have put a considerable focus on out-of-the-box cloud connectors. We’ve seen how this has simplified cloud strategies for a lot of business – both global enterprises and small businesses.

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Managed File Transfer software comparison

They bring out a major new release each year, and are continually adding new cloud connectors to their portfolio. GoAnywhere MFT is another easily scalable solution and a big advantage is its seamless operation with other HelpSystems products. GoAnywhere MFT, for example, works together with their RPA solution, Automate. Combined, the two products enhance efficiency within a business processes, with the potential to add more processes when required. This and the product’s cloud connectivity are the big strengths for GoAnywhere MFT.

The standout feature of GoAnywhere MFT, however, is the Secure Forms module. This enables you to securely collect data in multiple formats (including drag and drop for images), then automatically process the data using complex, logic-based automated workflows.

The CEO is Kate Bolseth and the organisation is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Progress formerly Ipswitch  – MOVEit

Progress formerly Ipswitch - MOVEit

The MOVEit product suite includes four solutions:

  • MOVEit Transfer for tactical deployments.
  • MOVEit Automation for complete Managed File Transfer. Users can chooose either the Corporate or Enterprise tier – the latter providing more extensive functionality.
  • MOVEit Cloud, which is self-explanatory.

MOVEit has been known and loved for many years. It is very well established and has a loyal customer base. People trust it because it has always had a strong reputation for security. Its multitenancy capabilities for example, are among the most secure on the market.

MOVEit can work out more cost effective for users needing multiple agents because there is a considerable volume discount. Another plus is that MOVEit Automation (Enterprise) users can automate the movement of files between unlimited servers.

Managed File Transfer software comparison

In all honesty, we’ve observed a lack of development in the last couple of years. But the vendor Ipswitch was acquired by Progress in 2019 for +$200m and it is rapidly gaining pace. Recent developments, for example, includes API enhancements and Powershell for custom scripts.

Ipswitch was formed in 1991 and the CEO is Michael Grossi and the organisation is based in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA.

Thru

Progress formerly Ipswitch - MOVEit

Thru is probably the only cloud-native MFT product, so it’s a common choice for enterprises wanting to move from an on-prem to a cloud solution. They have cloud data centres in the UK, USA, Germany and Australia, currently supported by AWS and Azure. Or alternatively, enterprises have the option to deploy Thru in their VPC (Virtual Private Cloud).

What differentiates Thru, however, is its connectivity with integration platforms. It provides the file transfer gateway to the iPaaS marketplace, with connectors for the leading solutions. This allows file exchanges to very simply integrate with any number of other applications. The no code set-up simplifies and speeds up integrations. It allows a ‘citizen integrator’ – someone without niche scripting skills – to integrate internal and external systems within hours rather than weeks.

Thru was founded by Chief Executive Officer Lee Harrison in 2002.

Enterprise Managed File Transfer comparison: The rest of the market

Of course, there are many other solutions on the market that haven’t made our top four. So here’s a brief explanation of some of the other products you’re likely to come across in your Managed File Transfer comparison, again in alphabetical order:

Attunity Managed File Transfer

Attunity Managed File Transfer

Since acquiring the technology from Repliweb in 2011 there appears to have been little focus on this product.

Axway Secure Transport

Axway - Secure Transport

Axway acquired Tumbleweed, the developer of SecureTransport, in 2008 and has since made numerous further additions to their portfolio. Whilst still a significant player in the MFT industry their products are largely disparate. The biggest concern we hear is the extensive professional service costs to implement and upgrade versions.

Cleo Harmony

Cleo - Harmony

Harmony doesn’t make our top four, but would make our top five. A solid managed file transfer solution, providing integration capabilities through the acquisition of Extol a number of years ago. Cleo is led by a very impressive leadership team and it only doesn’t make our top four because of the way in which it’s priced.

JScape MFT Server

JScape MFT Server

Another good Managed File Transfer product which has stood the test of time. A java application providing cross platform server installations, JScape has extensive functionality. The only downside users report to us is that the interface isn’t intuitive.

Oracle Managed File Transfer

Oracle Managed File Transfer

Oracle MFT has limited features and capabilities. It was developed to protect their SOA/B2B install base and has been in maintenance mode for some years, with the focus shifting to the Oracle Integration Cloud.

Seeburger

Seeburger

Still an active MFT vendor with a major focus on their home market of Germany. We don’t know of any company in the UK that runs it and haven’t had any exposure to it so could not comment on either product or company.

Solar Winds Serv-U

Solarwinds - Serv-U

On the face of it Serv-U has all the features that define enterprise Managed File Transfer, but the product is lacking in a modern browser-based file transfer mechanism, still relying on a java applet for file transfers. Customer support is only by email and some customers report difficulties accessing it. Support is, of course, just as important as the product itself. This product has no ongoing development and is in maintenance mode. Security may also be a consideration when selecting Serv-U due to security risks that recently came to light with other parts of the Solarwinds estate.

South River Technologies – Cornerstone

South River Technologies - Cornerstone

SRT continues to develop Cornerstone, which is a modular solution at a significantly more competitive price than other options. An extension of their industry leading Titan SFTP server, Cornerstone provides a lot of functionality for its price.

Enterprise Managed File Transfer FAQS

Which is the best Managed File Transfer vendor?

As independent experts with over 15 years’ experience working with MFT, we’ve whittled it down to the four best (in alphabetical order).

  • Coviant Software – Diplomat MFT
  • Globalscape Software – EFT Server
  • HelpSystems – GoAnywhere MFT
  • Progress  – MOVEit MFT

Who are the Enterprise Managed File Transfer vendors?

Our top four are:

  • Coviant Software – Diplomat MFT
  • Globalscape Software – EFT Server
  • HelpSystems – GoAnywhere MFT
  • Progress  – MOVEit MFT

But there are over forty on the market including:

  • Attunity
  • Axway
  • Cleo

See full list here…

How do I compare Managed File Transfer software?

Online comparison articles can only tell you so much. The right solution is going to depend entirely on your unique business requirements. Our free comparison tool will identify the right solution for you.

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