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Managed File Transfer Automation

Ensure the secure, timely, and maintainable automation of file transfers.

File Transfer Automation, Faster and More Reliably

Many IT organizations automate their file transfer processes using batch scripts or file transfer management tools. Both of these methods result in silos of automation. Often, Managed File Transfer (MFT) operations are automated separately from the workloads that are dependent on their successful completion. This is an Elemental Approach to automation. The Elemental Approach results in time-consuming and error-prone procedures spread across siloed technologies and departments, exposing the business to risk when a complex business process fails.

Organizations can solve this problem by taking an Architectural, Layered Approach to IT Automation for MFT processes —a single solution that centrally manages the automation and alerting of MFT operations and dependent cross-platform or cross-application workloads. ActiveBatch Enterprise IT Automation manages processes involving MFT operations from a single interface.

Key Managed File Transfer Automation Features 

  • Hundreds of production-ready actions for common file system operations like MoveFile, CopyFile, For-Each-File, IfFile, and more
  • Support for FTP protocols (including FTP, SFTP, FTPS, MFT, SSL, SSH, Web Tunneling, and more), as well as support for Open PGP
  • Ability to share connection information between workflows and easily update the information without modifying hundreds of Jobs
  • Advanced filtering to allow users to restrict file transfers based on factors like relative or absolute age of a file or file size
  • Built-in checks to determine whether or not files have been successfully transferred
  • Automatic transfer restart options to enable the start of transfers upon detecting an error
  • Advanced parallel transfer capabilities
  • FTP File Trigger to trigger workflows based on the creation or modification of a file on an FTP server, where direct file system access may not be available (depending on FTP server implementation)
  • Intelligent and powerful machine learning, analytics, schedulingalerting, and auditing capabilities
White Paper for ActiveBatch WHITE PAPER:

EMA Analyst White Paper: Enterprise Automation Brings Confidence & Control to Managed File Transfers

Secure, reliable, and on-time file transfers are critical but often elusive goals for many organizations. Most of the time, a patchwork of legacy tools and scripts that are in place tackle the problem of moving data, but this can create complexity while only marginally solving the problem.
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Benefits

  • Faster and more reliable development and maintainability of Managed File Transfer workflows; predictable workflows and results
  • Ability to easily integrate MFT processes with related workloads for straightforward and dependable end-to-end automation
  • Extended visibility and control over MFT and related processes

Using Reference Functionality and Variables for File TransfersActiveBatch References Diagram

Developers can save time and improve IT service levels by leveraging ActiveBatch’s References. Users can designate a single Job or Plan within ActiveBatch as a Template to be referenced throughout multiple workflows. A developer could use Reference Functionality to make a change to an MFT process (e.g., a change to the source, target, TLS protocol, etc.) and have that change automatically passed down to each workflow that references the Template. Coupled with use of variables, large numbers of Jobs can be easily and reliably maintained. This allows developers to dynamically and reliably update Managed File Transfer operations based on changing business and IT requirements.

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