The Year in Review: Improving workload, governance and data exchange

31 12 2009

Stonebranch has had another great year thanks to our customers and employees.  With ongoing improvements to our workload agents, our enterprise MFT capabilities and the launch of Scribbos which extends our capabilities of Infitran this has been a great year at Stonebranch.  Not in any particular order, here are some of our accomplishments this year:

I’m sure I missed something with all the things we did this year, but if we can do just half as much next year as we did this year it’s going be another great year in 2010 for our customers and employees.  Here’s to a great 2010, cheers!


A New Mainframe is a wonderful thing

18 11 2009

We just installed our latest development mainframe and it is over 1 ton and about the coolest looking machine I’ve seen in a while.

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This new system Z10 keeps us in lock step for our workload automation and managed file transfer customers who continue to leverage the power and capabilities of the mainframe.  Not only am I excited about it, the development team is just chomping at the bit to start building our products to support the latest and greatest.

SUGG09 is on in Hannover!

31 08 2009

I’m getting ready for my presentation and at this point it is very exciting to seeing so many of our users in Hannover. The interest in how to implement successful SAP integration, operations management and visibility solutions is great.   It’s good to have such good customers who share their ideas and best practices with Stonebranch solutions.


So what is SUGG09?

SUGG 2009 Übersicht
Das Jahr 2009 ist für Stonebranch ein ganz besonderes Jahr: Wir feiern unser zehntes Firmenjubiläum. Im Zuge dieses Meilensteins hat Stonebranch mit Infitran und Indesca zwei neue Lösungen im Bereich Managed File Transfer und Scheduling auf den Markt gebracht. Auf der SUGG 2009 werden Sie diese selbstverständlich ausführlich kennenlernen. Seien Sie gespannt.

Die SUGG wird im Jahr 2009 auch einen stärkeren technischen Fokus als im Vorjahr haben. Neben der Vorstellung von Infitran und Indesca stehen konkrete Anwendungsbeispiele der Lösungen auf dem Programm. Verschiedene Kundenvorträge zeigen den technischen und finanziellen Nutzen der Stonebranch-Lösungen auf.

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Anwendern und unseren Spezialisten neue Möglichkeiten und Strategien kennen, um nicht nur die heutigen Anforderungen zu meistern, sondern auch für zukünftige Herausforderungen bereit zu sein.

Eine Live-Demo sowie ein Update über das neueste Maintenance-Release runden die Veranstaltung ab.

Merken Sie sich also schon einmal den Termin vor und melden Sie sich noch heute an!

Wir freuen uns auf Sie!

I’ll translate, it’s a great time for people to get together. Next the team goes to Innovation Europe in Amsterdam and then the technical transfer conference in Nashville next month.  Many thanks to our customers and the folks in Hannover that put it together (Stefan, Christian, Christophe, Simone, Bettina and Matthias)

Is your MFT Smarter than my MFT?

24 07 2009

Managed File Transfer and secure data exchange requirements continue to grow.  More data, more systems and more processes and FTP just isn’t the right solution, in fact it has limited/no management or retry capabilities.

According to Gartner:

Numerous factors cause companies to re-examine how they manage the movement of information from system to system, partner to partner, and person to person. FTP [File Transfer Protocol] alone isn’t a viable option to give the insight, security, performance, and, ultimately, the risk mitigation necessary to responsibly conduct business.” (For more information, see Kenney, LF et al.: “Magic Quadrant for Managed File Transfer,” page 2, Gartner Research Publication ID Number G00157614, 23 June, 2008.)

Many vendors promote SFTP (secure file transfer protocol) solutions. The data is transferred through SSH, a network protocol that allows data to be exchanged using a secure channel. While SFTP offers a minimal amount of security, it still compromises both your data’s confidentiality and integrity. SFTP has inherent design flaws that are making this seemingly secure method of transfer as obsolete as FTP.

So the net is organizations today are looking to deliver more capabilities to the business in a centralized solution for managing secure file exchange.   The realities of most organizations today:

  • Your existing tools lack functionality, causing you to spend too much time and manual effort to try to compensate for this lack of functionality.
  • You have products with the above functionality, but the solution is too complex and expensive to be deployed everywhere the business needs it.
  • Your existing vendor is overcharging you and is too inflexible to meet all of your needs.
  • You have too many products and need an intelligent strategy to consolidate and move forward.

There needs to be a better way to do this, a more intelligent way.  So what’s your strategy?