Efficiency and Growth with B2B Communications

6 05 2010

Efficiency and growth are key concerns to businesses in a global market. A B2B solution’s flexibility should allow you to easily integrate with back-end systems like EDI translators and databases, or application to application – migrating those legacy systems into a secure and automated file transfer system. A true B2B file transfer solution provides real-time visibility to all transfers and data exchanges taking place – creating greater efficiency and resulting in avoidance of fines due to SLAs, payment delays and performance gaps.

Growth is easy when you can on-board new partners quickly and securely. You can provide your partners with tools that make it easier for them to do business with you. In a business environment that is full of mergers and acquisitions and technology consolidations, data management is critical. The need  for an easy and manageable way to keep control becomes more and more apparent. Managed File Transfer is one of the easiest ways to get your data under control, ensuring it’s secure while in transit – every  step of the way.

B2B Managed File Transfer provides security at the highest level while also providing visibility to transactions. Meet necessary compliance and regulatory standards, manage your data exchanges with 100 percent up-time, merge disparate systems to create a seamless flow of information and position your enterprise for growth. Additionally, B2B MFT allows you to manage your data exchanges through secure, multi-industry protocols. This increased security also resolves ad hoc communication issues, including large files or attachments containing sensitive information.


B2B Managed File Transfer: The Business Value

29 04 2010

Managed File Transfer solutions enable you to securely send data to your business partners, suppliers and partners. But, is that all it does? In an effort to comply with regulatory mandates, to meet customers requirements and to improve customer and partner relationships, more and more organizations are looking for the complete package.  Managed File Transfer enables organizations to meet compliance standards and provide data security, whether the transfer is internal, external or ad hoc.

Many organizations are also using EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), a particular set of standards and security protocols, to send information such as purchase orders and invoices to customers, suppliers and partners. In fact, some of the data exchange might not be the norm: X-rays, CAD files, movies, etc.  The benefits to EDI are plentiful:

  • Reduced costs
  • Speed
  • Paper elimination
  • Data entry elimination
  • Greater accuracy

In close conjunction with EDI, VANs are value added networks. Approximately 90 percent of EDI transfers go through VANs. VANs act as the post office that stores, routes and delivers your files. While EDI and VANs are not new technology, integrating them with a complete MFT solution is. What if there was one solution that could handle all types of B2B communication?  There is.

Consolidate B2B Communication for Greater Visibility

B2B Managed File Transfer offers all of the above functionality, allowing you to consolidate your B2B communication workflows.  One advanced solution can centralize internal and external MFT as well as ad hoc file transfers and EDI transactions. With this solution, you benefit from greater community management, flexible integration capabilities, advanced transfer reporting, uninterrupted data flow and a centralized enterprise. The benefits of B2B MFT are:

  • Security and Compliance
  • Consolidation (no more silos of information)
  • Leveraging Investments and Growth

Reduce costs. Become more agile. Automate processes. Scale for growth. Realize quick R.O.I.

Ultimately, the most important business value of B2B MFT is improving partner, supplier and customer relationships.

Can You Afford FTP/SFTP?

23 04 2010

As many IT organizations can testify, FTP and SFTP solutions are not free. While there may be no license fee attached to either of these file transfer solutions, many companies spend millions per year in hardware and resource costs in an effort to make them reliable and to ensure that critical files arrive on time and intact. Data files that arrive late, corrupted or incomplete negatively impact a business both financially and from a reputation perspective.

Many companies are realizing that the security and reliability of their data transfers are paramount to their IT organization and have made significant investments to replace FTP/SFTP solutions with a Managed File Transfer solution.

Whether an organization is moving files internally or to external partners and suppliers, they need to arrive securely, on time and intact. A Managed File Transfer solution ensures this end result through high levels of fault tolerance and automatic restart of transfers from any point of failure. Any MFT solution should include the most modern and secure protocols for file encryption (SSL encryption, X.509 certificates, proxy certificates, etc.). Additionally, MFT has the ability to perform third-party transfers, enabling it to execute and manage a file transfer between sender and receiver without either party having any direct knowledge of the other’s identification credentials.

When it comes to moving critical files within your organization or to business partners, it’s critical to have the ability to manage, monitor and audit every file transfer from a central point. It would be unfeasible, let alone an invalidation of compliance procedures, if file activity wasn’t monitored for failures or that a complete audit trail of file transfers wasn’t available. Moreover, delays in data transfer mean mission-critical delays for your business.

Can you afford that?

Considering a MFT Solution? Make Sure You Have an Actionable Plan

16 04 2010

Choosing a robust file transfer solution to be implemented enterprise-wide isn’t a decision that’s made in a vacuum. The following steps can help you find the solution most suited for your organization:

  1. Name an executive sponsor: The executive sponsor is responsible for getting early buy-in from executive management before the project moves forward. Additionally, the sponsor must ensure organizational alignment and define enterprise-wide standards.
  2. Analyze your file transfer use and business context: For a Managed File Transfer solution to be successful, you must analyze and categorize your data transfer needs as well as the solutions you currently use and their capabilities. Do you need internal, external, B2B, ad hoc Managed File Transfer and application integration?
  3. Define security and compliance requirements: One of the most important benefits of  a MFT solution includes the ability to meet security, compliance and audit requirements. With regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA), you are under more pressure to meet strict mandates on your file transfer processes.
  4. Evaluate MFT vendors: When you begin your evaluation of MFT vendors, make sure to have a checklist of criteria for review. Does the vendor have to ability to integrate data center processes, application workflows and business workflows? Platform support is also an important topic as you will need to consider new technologies you may introduce in the future.
  5. Set enterprise-wide standards: Define standards and make this information available to as wide an audience as possible, encompassing application architects, application development groups, business liaisons and anyone involved in the data transfer process.
  6. Define organizational and operational responsibility for data transfers: The sponsor should be able to define and, if needed, realign organizational and operational responsibility for data transfers and appoint a project lead for the MFT implementation.

When deciding whether to implement an MFT solution, different interests from different departments within the organization may come into play. It’s beneficial to address these different perspectives before selecting a vendor. By following the suggested steps, you will ensure a successful implementation with your chosen MFT solution.

Security isn’t an issue for Scribbos, IT Security Innovation is in our DNA!

13 01 2010

Scribbos continues to get traction in the secure communication marketplace and acknowledged key industry analyst and experts.  With a growing community of users and continous improvement of the infrastructure, security models and secure integration options Scribbos is a clear leader in IT security and B2B communications.  Based on the level of security, ease of use and production security capabilities, Scribbos was recently awarded the Innovation of the Year for IT security.

Stonebranch’s Christoph Maier was onsite to recieve the IT security award in Germany and this represents a clear win for Scribbos and our customers.  Many thanks to production security architects, our development team and our customers for helping us bring to market a product that provides compliance and security without complexity.

Christoph Maier, Marketing Specialist Stonebranch, Klaus Hecht, eleven GmbH, Albert Sturm, head of IT at the City Straubing, Ulrich Parthier, Publisher, it security, Peter Weierich , head of sales and marketing, computer science Volcker AG, Dr. Mark Michels, Corporate Information Security Officer at the Knorr-Bremse AG (from left).