Sunbury, United Kingdom — September 30, 2009 — GXS™, a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, today announced that it has been placed in the Visionaries quadrant in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed File Transfer.1 Recently published by Gartner, Inc., a leading worldwide research and advisory firm, the report evaluated GXS based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. The GXS MFT-as-a-service (MFTaaS) offering goes beyond simple file transfer to include visibility, monitoring, reporting and auditing and provisioning.
According to the Gartner report, “Companies should consider managed file transfer (MFT) suite vendors that meet short-term tactical and long-term strategic needs. It’s all too easy to react too quickly and procure and deploy technology that supports only one protocol or security standard. It’s much more prudent to deploy a product that can be easily expanded and upgraded to handle multiple protocols and multiple standards in a governed way that is fully auditable.”1
A part of the suite of services offered via GXS Trading Grid®, GXS MFT supports a variety of broadly-accepted, standards-based protocols on behalf of its customers, giving it wide flexibility and adaptability. The service features a simple-to-use, web-based interface for more ad hoc file transfers. Available as a fully managed service offering, GXS MFT also includes implementation support, file monitoring and reporting, complete support for a company’s entire user community and ongoing program management to alleviate typical pain points associated with on-premise solutions. GXS MFT is often deployed as a component of customers’ broader B2B outsourcing environments as a lower-cost, but secure and reliable solution for the transfer of large or bulk files.
“An MFT solution should not be perceived or deployed as a standalone technology or as a distinct function of B2B,” said Bob Heidish, MFT product manager at GXS. “Rather, it should be an integrated component of a company’s overall B2B strategy. Furthermore, MFT should include governed integration and collabouration, enabling customers to comply with trading partner requirements as well as visibility, monitoring and reporting. GXS MFTaaS is available as a fully managed service—taking away the headache, limitations and time-intensive management so often incurred by companies with proprietary, software-based MFT deployments.”
The management of file transfers using in-house systems presents a variety of business challenges, especially as file sizes continue to grow. On premise, software-based solutions often fall in one of two extremes—expensive and difficult to maintain or inexpensive, but lacking security and business-critical functionality. Additionally, requirements to support a broad set of B2B communication protocols, while managing a global trading partner community can be both time consuming and difficult. Because GXS handles the service end-to-end, the burden of these requirements is off-loaded from the customer, giving them exceptional capabilities and security with very little time and management required.
GXS Trading Grid® is a global B2B e-commerce and integration platform that supports the creation and adoption of on-demand supply chain management solutions for companies of any size. As the world’s largest electronic business community, GXS Trading Grid is used by more than 30,000 customers to exchange goods and services, gain visibility into global logistics operations and to synchronise product data. Trading Grid helps customers automate global trading communities by shielding complexity from rapidly changing standards, eliminating manual and duplicative processes and enabling the highest levels of B2B integration and collabouration.
About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted May 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
GXS is a leading global provider of B2B e-commerce solutions that simplify and enhance business process integration and collabouration among trading partners. Organisations worldwide, including more than 70 percent of the Fortune 500, leverage the on-demand services on GXS Trading Grid® to extend supply chain networks, optimise product launches, automate warehouse receiving, manage electronic payments and gain supply chain visibility. GXS Managed Services, GXS’ B2B outsourcing solution, empowers customers with the expertise, technical infrastructure and program support to conduct B2B e-commerce with trading partners globally.
Based in Gaithersburg, Md., GXS has an extensive global network and has local offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. GXS can be found on the Web at http://www.gxs.co.uk, http://blogs.gxs.com/ and http://twitter.com/gxs
1 Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for Managed File Transfer,” by L. Frank Kenney, September 18, 2009.
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Denise Oakley, Director, Marketing Programmes International GXS
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