<img src="//bat.bing.com/action/0?ti=5222936&amp;Ver=2" height="0" width="0" style="display:none; visibility: hidden;">

4 Business Benefits of Optimizing B2B File Transfer

By Lori Angalich | Mon, Nov 12, 2018

With the right file transfer capabilities and processes in place, you can simplify and enhance your interactions with customers, suppliers, and other trading partners—to the point where the business benefits help to accelerate you past your competition.

At a high level, speeding partner onboarding, reducing the time and effort involved in partner management, improving security and compliance, and enabling greater visibility—all can play a key role in driving increased revenue and customer satisfaction.

Let’s take a closer look at how this works.

Continue reading

3 Essential Managed File Transfer Capabilities for Driving Growth

By Lori Angalich | Thu, Oct 04, 2018

Business growth can be a double-edged sword. While increased revenues are never frowned upon, the downside manifests itself in the burgeoning data volumes that the organization must manage—particularly files that must be transferred between the organization, its customers, and its partners.

These challenges add reliability issues, compliance concerns, and security risks related to moving data, as well as challenges managing the volume and size of files moving through the systems.

As partner networks grow, companies find themselves managing multiple solutions for file transfer—and lack visibility from end to end. The typical enterprise supports three or more file transfer platforms—and as a result, have many disjointed file transfer processes and blind spots. This severely limits their ability to support the company’s growth initiatives effectively. 

However, enterprises that leverage a managed file transfer solution can gain critical capabilities for enabling—even driving growth. A centralized, enterprise-grade managed file transfer (MFT) platform allows for full visibility into file transfers and provides a better user experience for line of business users and partners alike. It also includes the security and audit trail capabilities necessary in today’s ever-changing alphabet soup of regulations, from PCI-DSS to Sarbanes-Oxley and beyond. Let’s explore this a bit.

Continue reading

Top 5 Pillars of Highly-Effective Managed File Transfer Strategies

By Lori Angalich | Fri, Aug 31, 2018

Managed file transfer solutions are gaining traction, particularly in financial services, telecommunications, and healthcare organizations. According to Research and Markets, the global managed file transfer (MFT) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 6 percent from 2017 to 2025 as more companies adopt these solutions.

However, adopting MFT technology isn’t enough; organizations need to make sure they back up the technology with a strategy that aligns with the organization’s goals, compliance needs, and end users.

The organizations that are most successful with MFT include five key pillars in their strategy. These underpin the technology with user adoption and confidence, allowing MFT to become as much a part of the organization as sending email—but more secure, and with better results. From introducing standardization in the technology itself to making sure end users know the how and why of MFT, highly effective MFT strategies include the following:

Continue reading

Overcoming 5 of Today's Top File Transfer Challenges with MFT

By Lori Angalich | Mon, Jul 16, 2018

File transfers between an organization, its business partners, and customers can be fraught with challenges.

Today, organizations must support ever-increasing file sizes, types, volumes, and user numbers under severe budget constraints. Also, they must address extensive security requirements and compliance challenges, meet strict SLAs, and support the rapidly-changing needs of the business.

In the past, these challenges may have been viewed as technical problems, approached with an assortment of technologies and file transfer methods—including “free” technology such as FTP.  However, to keep pace with the evolving needs of the business, protect a wide variety of data, and mitigate risk inside and outside the enterprise, organizations have realized the need for enterprise-class managed file transfer solutions

In this post, I’ll explore these common challenges and the vital role these solutions play in overcoming them.

Continue reading

7 Great Outcomes of Optimizing Partner Onboarding and Management

By Lori Angalich | Tue, Jun 05, 2018

How Simplifying Trading Partner Onboarding Generates Many Surprising Competitive Advantages

The average enterprise’s B2B trading community includes hundreds of trading partners and requires IT support for managing a wide variety of connections, protocols, and formats. Unfortunately, when it comes to setting up and managing trading partners, many companies are still hobbling along with cumbersome, error-prone manual processes.

Continue reading

Managed file transfer for HIPAA compliance: MFT succeeds where FTP fails

By Lightwell | Wed, Jul 27, 2016

In the healthcare industry, electronic health record systems have become a staple. Now more than ever, companies are looking to comply with the Administrative Simplification section of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which calls for the use of an electronic system for records instead of an outdated manual one.

However, with more organizations adopting EHR systems, the time has come for them to also upgrade their file transfer solution. Although file transfer protocols may have served this purpose in the past, managed file transfer systems are now necessary to fully ensure that sensitive patient data remains confidential.

Rise of EHR

According to Modern Healthcare, 80 percent of all office-based physicians had some sort of electronic system in place for the management of health records in 2013. Research shows that the adoption of such solutions has increased over the past few years, jumping by nearly 10 percent between 2012 and 2013 alone.

Continue reading

Connect with Lightwell at IBM InterConnect 2016

By Lori Angalich | Thu, Feb 18, 2016

Are you planning to be at the IBM InterConnect 2016 conference in Las Vegas? IBM InterConnect is one of our most anticipated industry events, and a number of our team members are preparing for their participation in the event, including:

The reasons to attend are numerous. Just check out the stats in the infographic on this page.  In addition to getting a break from the winter weather, the conference provides a great opportunity to learn more about the latest business technology challenges, trends, and best practices, while connecting with peers, partners, and industry thought leaders among the 25,000+ attendees.

Continue reading

Top Reasons to Attend the IBM Commerce Learning Academy in Dublin, Ireland

By Lightwell | Tue, Oct 06, 2015

We’re getting excited about the upcoming IBM Commerce Learning Academy 2015 event in Dublin, Ireland October 13-16. In fact, Lightwell is a Silver Sponsor of this year’s event.

Recently, when a couple of our customers asked us whether or not they should attend, unsurprisingly we responded (enthusiastically) that they should.  We thought we would share some of the reasoning behind this in this post.

Education and Insight

The IBM Commerce Learning Academy agenda has something for everyone--business and technical, deep dive and strategic level.  

For example, in the B2B integration technical sessions, presenters will share customer stories around the planning and issues involved in a B2B integration solution upgrade, as well as how your organization can handle the transformation from small scale integration to a high availability, high volume, multi-protocol environment. (See B2Bi Session 07 (B2BI S 07 in the IBM Commerce Learning Academy Technical Session Guide)).

Continue reading

File transfer security: Top considerations and best practices

By Lightwell | Tue, Apr 28, 2015

In today's business environment, the vast majority of companies leverage some sort of file transfer system to ensure the security of documents and data when transmitted internally or from one organization to another. As the threat landscape continues to grow, it becomes increasingly critical to ensure that file transfers remain protected.

However, no two managed file transfer solutions are the same. Each software platform comes with its own unique set of safeguards, benefits and challenges that the company must address. Therefore, file transfer systems are not a "select it and forget about it" technology. Considerable thought must go into the process to ensure that the company chooses the best options for its needs and deploys it effectively.

In this spirit, decision-makers should take into account these considerations and best practices when examining their file transfer solutions and enterprise security:

Continue reading

Debunked: Top 3 managed file transfer myths

By Lightwell | Wed, Feb 18, 2015

In the current threat environment, businesses can't be too careful when it comes to their sensitive files. At the same time, in order for employees to complete everyday tasks, they must be able to securely send and receive documents and materials. For this reason, managed file transfer solutions have become increasingly essential in enterprise circles.

IDC found that although the MFT market isn't growing as quickly as it once was, the sector is still poised for considerable expansion through 2017. In these respects, IDC discovered that buyers are seeking solutions that boost file protection and can help with security audits. The marketplace is also seeing more deployment of cloud-based and hybrid MFT systems.

Despite this market growth, IT Business Edge noted that there are still myths that exist about the technology, including:

Continue reading
COMMENTS