Managed File Transfer Automation

Secure and reliable movement of files with ActiveBatch's enterprise file transfer software

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Managed File Transfers Done Right

Many IT organizations automate file transfers using batch scripts or file transfer management tools. As a result, managed file transfer (MFT) operations are often managed separately from the larger automation environment, making day-to-day business processes more complex.

Organizations can solve this problem by using a single workload automation solution to streamline and simplify MFT processes across the enterprise. With ActiveBatch Workload Automation, IT can automate and streamline its MFT operations without involving a separate managed file transfer solution.

Benefits of File Transfer Solutions

  • Fast and reliable development and maintenance of Managed File Transfer workflows

  • Ability to easily integrate MFT processes with related workloads for straightforward and dependable end-to-end automation

  • Real-time access to data when events instantly trigger file transfer activity

  • Extended visibility and control over secure file transfers for end users

Key Managed File Transfer Automation Features 

  • Hundreds of production-ready actions for common file transfer operations like MoveFile, CopyFile, For-Each-File, IfFile, and more

  • 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

  • Bulk file and data transfers without the need for back-to-back connections to the trading partner's FTP server

  • Intelligent and powerful machine learning, analytics, scheduling, alerting, and auditing capabilities to promote more reliable data exchange

  • Advanced Trigger suite for ad-hoc file transfers involving large files or sensitive data

  • FTP File Event 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

  • Execution of MFT workflows supported on-premises, in the cloud, on SaaS solutions, and on various operating systems

Ensure Data Security with Highly Secure File Transfers

  • Support for secure file transfer protocols (including SFTP for SSH transfers, FTPS for SSL transfers, Web Tunneling, and more), as well as support for Open PGP to ensure data security and regulatory compliance standards (HIPAA, PCI DSS, etc.)

  • Ability to share connection information between workflows and easily update the information without modifying hundreds of Jobs

  • Fully report on file transfer processes and audit trails to meet compliance requirements (SOX, corporate compliance standards, and more)

Use References and Variables for More Maintainable File Transfers

With ActiveBatch’s References, users can define a single job within ActiveBatch as a template that can be reused for hundreds or thousands of other jobs. A developer can then use Job References to edit an MFT process (change the source, target, or TLS protocol, etc.) and cascade that change to every workflow that references the template. Coupled with the use of variables, developers can easily create and maintain large numbers of jobs, saving time and improving SLA service levels.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Enterprise job schedulers and workload automation solutions, among others, often provide managed file transfer capabilities that support FTPS, SFTP, and web tunneling. These tools make file transfers more secure and, with features like real-time monitoring and automated remediation, help reduce errors and improve SLAs. Explore ActiveBatch’s file transfer capabilities.

Yes. ActiveBatch supports various event triggers for email, file events and FTP files, plus message queues, database modifications, tweets, and many more. ActiveBatch also provides constraint-based scheduling (CBS) capabilities and advanced date-time scheduling that includes calendars, fiscal year dates, time zones, custom tags, and more. Explore ActiveBatch’s event automation capabilities.

ActiveBatch supports numerous alert types that can notify personnel or systems whenever a specified condition has been met. ActiveBatch notifications can be sent via email, JMS, Microsoft Message Queues, SMS text, Twitter, SNMP, Skype, and more. ActiveBatch alerts can also be used to trigger workflows for automated remediation. Explore ActiveBatch’s alerting and monitoring capabilities.

ActiveBatch’s managed file transfer suite supports standard and secure protocols using FTP, FTPS, and SFTP, plus certificates and keyfiles. Specialized credential objects can also be associated to multiple jobs, or credential information can be embedded within single jobs. Explore managed file transfer automation.

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