Posts from ‘MessageWay’
As part of our acquisition of MessageWay Solutions I had the chance to sit down and talk with Architect Bob Cheal. One of the things I didn’t expect to hear over dinner was our common roots in technology from Burroughs, a key mainframe middleware player in the late 1980s and 1990s, and technology through which much early EDI traffic flowed.
Standard Networks, the company I was acquired into Ipswitch with, got its start developing front-end processors (FEPs) to handle heavy transaction loads to Unisys mainframes and its (often) banking applications. MessageWay Solutions, our newest acquisition, also had FEP roots in the HP (aka Tandem) NonStop systems. Both companies’ technical experience in those markets drew directly from Burroughs and its focus on high uptime, accuracy and throughput.
From there Standard Networks’ MOVEit brand specialized in data transmission security, working its way into Fortune 50 enterprise deployments by providing solid answers to security and regulatory challenges. MessageWay Solutions specialized in high volume/high performance B2B communications and data translation supporting a wide array of data formats in the banking, healthcare and supply chain markets, working its way into Fortune 50 enterprise deployments by providing solid answers to governance challenges around file lifecycle and performance challenges on open platforms.
With acquisitions of both companies now complete, Ipswitch now has a potent combination of technologies and high-volume, mission-critical experience whose institutional memory stretches back to the 1980′s and beyond. As our product portfolio evolves, we will be combining these capabilities to provide new and innovative solutions to our existing customers and to the MFT market place, as well as accelerating the development of certain core components that will extend our existing product capabilities to meet the ever changing needs of our customers.
Stay tuned and in touch with your account representatives for more information on this front, or to find out how our recent acquisition of MessageWay can help address your EDI, transformation or multi-platform challenges today.
Industry expert Michael Osterman shares some great editorial and perspective in Messaging News on the Ipswitch acquisition of MessageWay. He starts by pointing out that Ipswitch is positioned as a “Leader” in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed File Transfer….. As well as Ipswitch’s proven track record in the file transfer space (Nearly 20-years for those counting).
He also nailed what the acquisition immediately brings to the table as far as expanding Ipswitch’s range of solution offerings: “(Ipswitch has) clearly boosted its position in the MFT space with this acquisition given that MessageWay’s MFT solutions are designed for high volume file transfer applications in the large enterprise (Global 2000) and service provider markets.”
I particularly like (and agree with) his answer to the question of “Why is MFT important?”
“Among the many reasons are two key ones:
Word of today’s public announcement that Ipswitch has acquired MessageWay Solutions is already starting to spread, and fast. Whether you’re an Ipswitch customer or employee, industry expert, or just learning about the Managed File Transfer space one thing is clear – The MFT industry is evolving and growing worldwide, both in strategic importance and pure volume.
We’ve seen greater emphasis on managing and controlling file processing behind the firewall…. And witnessed customers and prospects describing their need for an MFT solution that includes some B2B and EDI attributes.
Ipswitch’s acquisition of MessageWay creates the industry’s most powerful and complete suite of Managed File Transfer solutions with robust, highly scalable advanced file services that continues where MFT has traditionally left off – at the edge of the network.