SAG_Twitter_MEME_MTF_vs_B2B_May17-2.jpgOn a good day, Managed File Transfer (MFT) might give leading B2B solutions a three-minute mile run for their money.

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) would never be considered an integration tool. By extension, some might consider MFT (Managed File Transfer) is FTP on steroids. After all, whatever functionality FTP provides, MFT does it bigger, faster, more efficiently - and also - check out that muscular reporting and analytics.  Phew!

But this perception is misleading, and surely top MFT solutions are much more interested in aligning themselves with top B2B integration solutions as opposed to being the really big fish in the FTP pond.

In fact, consider the similarities in both architectures and functionality:




Centralized management

Web-based partner communication

End-to-end transfer visibility

Standard security protocols

Auditing and reporting

Centralized monitoring  and analytics


Enterprise scalability/integration

 When defining enterprise integration we cite the trifecta of (1.) systems integration, (2.) application integration and (3.) data integration.  But some very large companies are also strategizing around file integration.  Why?  Because companies with hundreds of partners or third-party interfaces need both cloud and on-premises connectivity for their multitude of application file exchanges.

By deploying webMethods Active Transfer, one Fortune 500 company was able support both internal and external file transfers between:

  • HR applications managing worker demographic data, time tracking, benefits, payroll, sales commissions and staffing.
  • Third- Party logistics (3PL) and carrier companies, exchanging shipping instructions, material master data, shipment & receipt notices and inventory.
  • Banking applications, including payments, reconciliation, electronic statements, positive pay, employee stock and funds transfer.
  • Plus, data warehouse reports and manufacturing systems.

Let’s be clear. Despite the similarities, MFT is not here to supplant B2B.  In fact, webMethods Active Transfer wants to serve as an extension of your B2B network by streamlining the addition of new partners while showing off strengths such as file compression and Olympic transfer acceleration speeds.

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