The Big Question: How to Manage File Transfers Without Depending on a Programmer

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Accounting needs to receive invoices from vendors at various times on a daily basis.  Human Resources needs to transmit scheduled secured documents to the bank hourly and must follow PCI guidelines.  The legal department needs to provide a location for third party vendors to drop contracts for approval and encryption is crucial.  Real estate has maps and drawings that are extremely large and have to be unzipped onto a separate internal server.

managed file transfer, programmerThese are scenarios that most all IT departments face on a regular basis.  But, what if you manage an iSeries shop and these transfers involve a Windows or Linux server?  How do you handle these quickly, managing a multitude of options with access to numerous internal servers?

Historically, iSeries shops would have their developers and programmers write individual command language or high level programming scripts to accommodate specific requests from each of the departments as needed.  To save time and effort, these scripts would often have been replicated and tweaked based on new requests.

But, what if the communication protocol changes?  The IP address changes?  There are updates to user IDs and passwords?  Any of these fairly typical complications extends the programming life cycle, tying up valuable resources for research, programming, unit testing, QA, acceptance and implementation.

This now begs the question:  How can you manage all your file transfers logically and specifically by request but, most importantly, without having to tie up a programming resource?

The most practical solution is to transfer your iSeries FTP scripts to a Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution.  This allows you to separate management of the communication service from the file movement and manipulation.  Effectively, you get to pick and choose when and how to communicate or where to place the file without requiring a programming resource.

An additional benefit of utilizing an MFT solution is that the scheduling of file transfers can also be relocated into the MFT solution further allowing your programming staff to focus more on the internal file processing than the intricacies of communication and file placement.  This reduces your development cost and allows you to provide a solid solution to your requesting departments with a faster and improved turnaround time, not to mention a more manageable effort for future enhancements.

Once it has been configured, an MFT solution will change the way you initiate and maintain FTP requests from within your organization or from an outside resource.  GoAnywhere Director combined with GoAnywhere Services allows for a truly flexible transition into a “Managed” file transfer that will allow you to re-focus your development and programming staff and allow for a quick return on your investment.

 

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Rick Elliott

Rick is a Sr. Product Specialist at Linoma Software. He helps develop and support the Crypto Complete and GoAnywhere MFT software packages. You can find out more about Rick from his LinkedIn Profile.

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3 Responses to “The Big Question: How to Manage File Transfers Without Depending on a Programmer”

  1. Rick, good article. I see this a lot, companies employ specialist and expensive consultants to write scripts or use some type of propriety complex software which locks the customer in and then ramp up maintenance and consultancy fees over time.

  2. Ian … That’s a great point! The bigger picture shows that investment into a MFT software solution would be a big cost savings for any company needing to provide third party transfer solutions with their clients and/or customers.

  3. Great insight into the benefits of modernizing the database to DB2 SQL. There’s a lot of detail that I didn’t understand. The performance gains in CPU processing and in operational workflow are significant. However, if you’re doing daily input and output from the IBM i to both inside and outside sources that work in terms of Excel, XML, CSV, ASCII, Access, and many other desktop oriented file formats, it is very difficult for programmer and DB Admin level staff to keep up. We’ve found other tools like Linoma’s GoAnywhere product to be an absolute lifesaver to our department.

    See an article by Rick Elliot that discusses this. http://blog.goanywheremft.com/2012/08/15/big-question/


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