It has to be said that Microsoft SharePoint is not everybody's cup-of-tea. But, with Microsoft dominating the office productivity landscape via it very popular Office 365 subscription service, it is probably the most common document library software in use. And with that said, we find that IT teams are often asking us about how they can bring SharePoint into their automated Managed File Transfer (MFT) workflows.
It's fair to say that Monday's are not usually the favourite day of the week for most people. However, on this particular Monday we were able to help a customer with an operational problem which was really causing headaches. High off the endorphins of our success, we thought we would share our work in this blog; and show you, how you can automate the merging of PDF files, using MOVEit Automation.
If you are keen follower of our blog, you will have noted that in May 2020, we saw the release of the first MOVEit edition under the Progress banner. If you are not a keen follower...why on earth not?!
It has been quite a long wait since the last release of MOVEit in 2019 - six months to be exact. We can only speculate that there has been some integration to do between Progress and Ipswitch, since the acquisition last year which may have delayed things.
For those of you who use MOVEit Automation to automate the transfer of files between different hosts, you will know that while there are a number of supported hosts from SFTP servers to Amazon S3, there is no current native connector for Microsoft Azure blobs at the time of writing.
After working with quite a few customers on upgrading their MOVEit installations over the past six months, there is one thing which we have noticed is being frequently overlooked - the regular execution of maintenance tasks, which help to keep MOVEit healthy and operationally functional.
So, you have installed MOVEit Automation and have started to create automated workflows for moving files from one location to another. But with that initial requirement now fulfilled, what else can you get out of the solution?
With over eleven years' of technical experience with Ipswitch MOVEit solutions, we quite often are asked about how the solution might be able to solve some of the requirements which are not typically spoken about on the marketing materials.
Generally I don't like to write about brexit because of the emotional attachments that some people have to it; and the fact that it is almost impossible to find stock imagery which doesn't sway to either side of the debate.
If you have worked with file transfer systems for any length of time, you might have heard of or even seen settings available which refer to AS2. Despite this protocol and its predecessor AS1 having existed since the 1990s, very few people know what it is or how it works.