Decision Time for Organizations Facing IBM Sterling Connect:Enterprise End-of-Life

Users of IBM Sterling Connect:Enterprise were notified in January of this year that an end-of-life date had been set for the product.  A 16-month window was set to allow customers time to migrate to a replacement Managed File Transfer product.

IBM Sterling Connect:Enterprise -End of Road DetourThe April 30, 2016 support deadline is fast approaching and failure to act has the potential for severe consequences. Operating mission-critical file transfer processes on an unsupported product can put operational continuity at risk, and an outright failure could irreparably damage relationships with trading partners.  It is critical for organizations to find an alternative to Connect:Enterprise and develop a migration strategy soon.

Options for Migration

IBM recommends that customers migrate over to another Sterling replacement, however this is not your only Managed File Transfer option.  Consider the following:

  • Be sure to evaluate the true cost of the alternative when factoring in staff and consultant time for migration, maintenance, and training.
  • What is the realistic timeline for this migration, and how do you mitigate risk if support for Connect:Enterprise expires before the project is complete?

To serve your organization’s best interests, it’s important to perform your due diligence when finding an alternative for Connect:Enterprise. Besides replacing Connect:Enterprise current functions, this is also the ideal opportunity to determine if there are additional enterprise requirements for batch or ad-hoc file transfers.

Linoma is offering GoAnywhere MFT™ as an enterprise-level managed file transfer alternative to Sterling Connect:Enterprise. GoAnywhere has an affordable price point with no limits on the number of trading partners.  With an intuitive interface and fast learning curve, Connect:Enterprise customers can convert to GoAnywhere in a relatively short period of time.

GoAnywhere offers centralized control over all transfers, including automation of internal and external file movement, and detailed audit logs with extensive reporting capabilities.  Key points of GoAnywhere are:

  • Affordable purchase price and low cost of ownership
  • Simple installation and operation
  • Responsive customer service and frequent updates
  • Industry standard encryption and protocols including SFTP, FTPS, HTTPS, SCP, Open PGP, ZIP with AES and AS2
  • Multi-platform support

GoAnywhere MFT’s intuitive browser-based interface and comprehensive workflow features will help eliminate the need for custom programs/scripts, single-function tools and manual processes that were traditionally needed. This innovative solution improves the reliability of your file transfers and helps your organization comply with data security policies and regulations.

With integrated support for clustering, GoAnywhere MFT can process high volumes of file transfers for enterprises by load balancing processes across multiple systems. The clustering technology in GoAnywhere MFT also provides active-active automatic failover for disaster recovery.

In addition to addressing core data transfer requirements, GoAnywhere also simplifies and secures file sharing and collaboration with its GoDrive module.  Unlike consumer-grade cloud sharing tools, GoDrive provides an on-premise alternative with centralized control and end-to-end encryption.  For ad-hoc transfers, the Secure Mail module makes it easy for employees to send sensitive information and attachments without file size or file type restrictions.  Both provide the security and audit logs needed to achieve compliance company-wide.

Connect with the GoAnywhere team and let us help you explore your migration options and file transfer requirements.

Linoma Software Releases GoAnywhere MFT 5.1

Release Highlights

AS2 Updates for Drummond Certification:

Last spring, Linoma began AS2 Drummond certification to improve GoAnyhwere MFT’s AS2 cross platform compatibility. While Linoma anticipates GoAnywhere MFT will be fully certified by November, GoAnywhere MFT 5.1 includes several back-end updates to ensure compatibility with other AS2 vendors. GoAnywhere customers who rely on AS2 for file transfers can be assured GoAnywhere meets compliance with optional profiles for:

  • FN (Filename Preservation)GoAnywhere MFT 5.1
  • MA (Multiple Attachments)
  • FN-MA (Filename Preservation with Multiple Attachments)
  • CTE (Chunked Transfer Encoding)
  • SHA2 hash algorithms supporting SHA256, SHA384 and SHA512

AS2 security features have become more secure and flexible with two new important updates to Web User Profiles. AS2 now supports dual factor authentication using certificates and passwords, and administration becomes simpler by using the same Certificate SHA1 fingerprint across multiple web users.

Advanced Reporting Updates:

GoAnywhere MFT 5.0 introduced a new advanced reporting engine to provide administrators with file transfer, workflow, and system information in PDF reports. MFT 5.1 expands the reporting features by including four new reports:

  • Secure Mail Disk Usage – Displays the Secure Mail disk usage for each Web User sorted by size.
  • Service Activity by Module – Displays all activity for the selected inbound services within the specified date range.
  • Service Errors – Displays all errors for the selected inbound services within the specified date range.
  • Global Activity Details – Displays all activity for the selected features based on the search term provided.

Service Activity Report Example:

Service Activity Report

System Alerts Updates:

GoAnywhere MFT can alert administrators when critical events occur on the system. MFT 5.1 expands the alerting feature to monitor for when Web Users become deactivated, when the connection between GoAnywhere Gateway and MFT has been interrupted, and when a change occurs in a GoAnywhere Cluster.

Command Line Updates:

GoAnywhere Command APIs allows external applications to run file transfers and workflows in GoAnywhere MFT. In GoAnywhere MFT 5.1, new commands have been created to aid users with the migration of features from one installation to another. These commands include:

  • Export Project
  • Delete Project
  • Export Resource
  • Export Schedule
  • Export Monitor
  • Export Trigger
  • Export Web User
  • Export Web User Group

Managing File Transfer Bandwidth:

Bandwidth monitoring and throttling has been added for all Web User and workflows transfers between select FTP, FTPS, and SFTP Resources. This allows administrators to control how much bandwidth is being used by a specific process. A new Active Transfers page displays the current file transfers.

Upgrade Considerations:

  • More information for new features and bug fixes can be found on the Release Notes.
  • GoAnywhere Director and GoAnywhere Services customers that are covered under a Maintenance agreement can upgrade to GoAnywhere MFT at no additional charge.
  • You will be able to enjoy the same licensed features as what you paid for originally.
  • Upgrade scripts are available to download from the Customer Portal at
  • Both GoAnywhere Director and GoAnywhere Servers can be upgraded independently to GoAnywhere MFT.
  • If you own GoAnywhere Gateway, no upgrade is required to that product.


5 Signs Your Organization is Ready for MFT

Managed File Transfer Levels the Playing Field for SMB

Low-cost file transfer tools allow mid-market businesses to make simple data exchanges both internally and externally.  As your company grows, however, trading partners demand enterprise-level systems to improve reliability and data security.

cityscape - mft readyManaged File Transfer (MFT) emerged to reduce the cost and programming skills required for you to meet customer requirements and stay competitive in the marketplace. According to an Info-Tech Research Group report on selecting and implementing an MFT solution, there are five signs that indicate your organization could benefit from this technology.

  1. A need for transparency and traceability in file exchange activities
  2. New business relationships mandate adherence to compliance laws and privacy regulations
  3. Traditional methods of sending data, such as FTP, aren’t secure
  4. Processes need to be more agile and adapt to changing network conditions
  5. The inability to comply with government reporting requirements

MFT provides comprehensive audit trails and monitoring to document all file transfer activity. Reports generated from this data show every interaction with the files on your server in great detail and allow you to better serve customers by responding quickly when problems do arise.

When security and reporting tools are needed to meet strict regulatory compliance standards of even highly-regulated industries, MFT delivers.  These include the data protection and integrity requirements found in PCI DSS, GLBA, SOX, Dodd-Frank and state privacy laws.

In light of recent high profile data breaches, many organizations have chosen to reduce their risk by seeking alternatives to unsecure FTP.  MFT gives you the flexibility to connect with trading partners using secure protocols and popular encryption methods like SFTP, FTPS, HTTPS, AS2, Open PGP and ZIP with AES.

In addition, automation and simplified workflows offered in many MFT solutions streamline the process of adding and onboarding trading partners. Companies can reduce or eliminate time spent on manual file exchanges and interrupted file transfers, thus reducing administrative costs and assuring the timely delivery of mission-critical data.

To explore MFT further, download this useful checklist to help in your evaluation of vendors and find the best solution for your organization.

Linoma Software Ranks Among Top Companies on the Inc. 5000 List

inc. 5000 - medallionFor the third year in a row, Linoma Software is proud to announce that we were the recipient of the Inc. 5000 award as one of the fastest-growing private companies among America’s independent entrepreneurs.  Linoma Software joins 24 high growth companies in Nebraska and is the only software company ranked in the state.

“The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg.

You can view Linoma Software’s listing on the Inc. website and see how other companies scored by visiting:

Do Your Homework When Choosing a Managed File Transfer Solution

Linoma Software emerged as an early pioneer in MFT (managed file transfer).  Starting in 2002 with a solution for automating and managing file transfers, capabilities soon expanded to support encryption standards to help organizations protect sensitive and confidential data.

Companies of all sizes quickly recognized how MFT could help them establish centralized control over file access, streamline file transfer processes, and simplify compliance through detailed audit logs and reporting.  This has led to a surge in providers, each with their own flavor of MFT.

This increasingly crowded marketplace has made it difficult for IT security professionals to research and recommend the best MFT solution to meet their organization’s particular needs.  That’s why Linoma Software’s chief architect Bob Luebbe believes so highly in the value of quality research like the recent report on the vendor landscape for MFT by Info-Tech Research Group.

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The Info-Tech report entitled “Select and Implement a Managed File Transfer Solution” gives you the tools to fully explore your organization’s requirements for MFT.

“Managed file transfer software is frequently purchased to meet the requirements of one initiative,” states Luebbe, “but companies quickly discover the advantages of implementing MFT across all areas of file management.”  Proper planning allows you to ‘secure file transfers today and avoid worrying about tomorrow’.

Assembling a thorough assessment of system-to-system and ad-hoc file transfers across every department allows you to match current and future demands to MFT providers identified as leaders in those particular areas.

Choosing an MFT solution is an investment of both money and time.  “If you’re not 100% confident in the software’s ability to communicate with your existing systems and perform to your expectations, that should be reason for concern,” Luebbe cautions.

“Install fully functional trial software on your own system, request a personalized demo where you can see the software in action and have the ability to ask specific questions, and always ask for references from customers using the software in a similar fashion.”

Luebbe concludes, “Linoma Software believes in MFT’s ability to help an organization achieve regulatory compliance, increase security and streamline processes.  It’s important to us that everyone has a positive experience with this transformative technology.”

Read the entire Info-Tech Research Group report on the MFT vendor landscape for yourself at