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"When users say, 'I'm building spreadsheets that I would like to be uploaded on a regular basis into the IBM i,' we are able to accommodate that request within a matter of hours rather than the days it would take to create programs to do that. That is very useful. It has eliminated several dozens of scripts for us.""Its speed is the most valuable because every integration used to take months with old SOA tools, integration buses, and that type of stuff. Now, we do integrations in a matter of days. Security is another valuable thing because every step in the workflow has an audit trace, which is great. This also brings a lot of confidence in automating business process workflows through this type of solution.""This is a very good product for managing file transfers.""Another nice feature is that you can invoke a native program from GoAnywhere. That helps you because you don't have to get fancy with agents. If a native program runs on the server that GoAnywhere is running on, like sed or perl, you can use it,""The use of this product has helped improve our organization and its ability to send or receive. It has done this by allowing us to remove any homegrown process and centralize needed actions.""The security and vendor management features are helpful in terms of providing access to data.""We like that GoAnywhere helps to centralize the exchange of data among our systems, employees, and customers.""It enabled us to allocate staff toward other work. All the time that we would have wasted worrying about this stuff and correcting problems is put into other parts of our job. That's one of the best things about it, is that we don't waste time on these projects. We just don't have to worry about them because it lets us know if there's a problem."

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"It helped us reduce manual steps.""It has improved our organization with more automation within the business departments and less administration and development in the IT department. Usually, as the IT department, we are the bottleneck for many requirements within the business. With this tool, the business departments are able to perform many task themselves.""The ability to clone jobs to shorten the time it takes to implement a process has been invaluable, but its flexibility also gives us the ability to create a job that can handle a multifaceted process with a complex workflow.""VisualCron is a very powerful program to automate different steps in your business processes. We use it to automate replacing files and inform departments about the replacement.""'ve only had a few cases where I've had to request support in the past 12 years of use, but the support response time and resolution were was extremely quick."

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"At present, HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT integrates with an antivirus solution, but it's a bit kludgy.""API functionality wasn't part of our initial unit testing because it wasn't necessary then. However, shortly after implementing GoAnywhere, two different vendors approached us to do API transactions. We checked to see if GoAnywhere could do this and found that it was supposed to have that capability, but it broke down.""We are a little concerned because the maximum number of open connections allowed is 200, and we are pretty much maxed out... if they expanded the number of open connections allowed, we would be better off.""Improvement in support or product relies on being ingenious, supportive, and listening to its customer base.""If the hostname has a dash in it then it does not work.""When a monitor invokes a project to accomplish something, that gets logged as a job. I've had a little difficulty figuring out where to look to see the monitor's activities itself, to see if the monitor is having a problem. For instance, if an account on a secure FTP server has expired, the monitor that uses that account doesn't announce to us that it's having a problem. I want to work with them on this to get it fixed.""There is a function referred to as write CSV, to write a general text file. In this scenario of creating a simple text file, I ran into a situation where, if the product saw a quote or a double-quote in the data, it started wrapping all the text fields in double-quotes. The request I put in asks them to provide a feature that leaves my data alone and does not interpret anything.""The support could be enhanced a little bit... If the first echelon of support could say, 'Okay, you are trying to create a variable,' and could tell you what you have to do, that would be good."

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"I would like for VisualCron to expand audit log to show who changed job variables that are initialized per job run.""The error timeout and info could be better. When making web request calls, it will time out sometimes and we won't get any useful info out of the error response.""Our suggestion to make it better and more manageable in terms of GDPR: Implement it in a very partnership way.""There are some conditions in the mail trigger, but you can only use them as an "AND" condition, not as an "OR" condition. This is an improvement that could be useful. For example, some people put "invoice" in the subject and others put "invoice" in the body. If I want to make a trigger for everybody whose sending invoices, I have to make two jobs for this now.""VisualCron seems to operate like an efficient machine when it comes to improvements and enhancements and new features. I always appreciate the quick response I get when bringing up an issue or coming up with suggestions. I've mentioned before that it would be great to see a move away from SQLCE and XML configuration files."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Licensing can be expensive and it depends upon which features you want to buy."
  • "Pricing is based on a one-time license."
  • "It would be good for the company to explore a modular approach to selling the product so it could be cheaper and more attractive to users."
  • "For what we pay to GoAnywhere every year, we are getting a fantastic deal. From a dollar perspective, it provides very good value."
  • "The cost of GoAnywhere versus the value it brings to our data transfer operations is reasonable... The cost is relatively expensive but, back to the car analogy, that's to be expected with a Ferrari."
  • "I get the invoices, and its price is fine and appropriate. It is well priced. Even if it was double the price, we'd use it. For us, it is indispensable. We're not going to go anywhere else. There are no additional costs. Its licensing is good. There is just one charge that we get. That's it."
  • "To have a solution like this for the price we're paying makes it cheap. Considering the time that it has saved us, and considering the development that we don't need to do, such as connectors and handling servers, the price is really affordable."
  • "HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT is very reasonably priced for the value it brings."
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  • "ROI is 95 percent."
  • "We are fine with a rather cheap setup. Licensing with VisualCron is fair. You have a simple one-year licence in different sizes. There isn't a licensing jungle with hundreds of options and opt-ins."
  • "The pricing is extremely fair, and because of that I recommend purchasing multiple instances to split out the processing load across multiple application servers."
  • "ROI is one month."
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    Questions from the Community
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    GoAnywhere makes it easy to move files around. We have quite a bit of information we have to transfer to around 300 different companies that require us to send data on a regular basis. If we did this… more »
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    They were open-minded and they did what they could for us, in terms of cost, when we made the transition to GoAnywhere. And when we migrated from the iSeries to Linux servers, HelpSystems carried… more »
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    GoAnywhere's interface could be a little more intuitive. It can be hard to grasp at first, but once you have a decent understanding, it's pretty straightforward.
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    GoAnywhere MFT, GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer, Globalscape GlobalSCAPE Managed File Transfer, Globalscape WAFS
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    Overview

    GoAnywhere MFT is an award-winning managed file transfer software which streamlines, secures, and automates critical file transfers through a centralized enterprise-level solution. The software allows organizations to connect to internal and external systems and exchange encrypted data using industry-standard protocols (e.g. OpenPGP, AES, FTPS, SFTP, HTTPS, AS2, and GPG).

    This solution can save you time & money, improve security, and help meet compliance requirements.

    Key Features: 

     - Browser-to-browser or sever-to-server file transfer and encryption 

     - Security features to help meet HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOX, GDPR, and other compliance requirements

    - Cloud integration and hosted deployments

     - EDI X12 and EDIFACT file translation 

    - Secure file sharing, email, and collaboration 

    VisualCron combines many features into one product. Through scheduling you can set your Jobs to run on a specific time or event. The Tasks in each Job automate scripts and eliminate human errors. Through various Tasks you can integrate different systems through file transfer and conversion.

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    Sample Customers
    McKesson City of Modesto, California Kwik Trip Northwestern University Charter Communications
    7 Eleven, ABB Sécheron SA, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Amazon Europe Core, Apple, Assa Abloy, Aston Martin, Banco Santander, BMW (Australia)
    Top Industries
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    Wellness & Fitness Company22%
    Healthcare Company22%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Outsourcing Company6%
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    Computer Software Company38%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Retailer5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government5%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT is ranked 3rd in Managed File Transfer (MFT) with 15 reviews while VisualCron is ranked 5th in Managed File Transfer (MFT) with 5 reviews. HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT is rated 9.4, while VisualCron is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT writes "Simplifies the movement of data to and from our IBM i system, saving us time and increasing productivity". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VisualCron writes "Has made us more efficient, eliminating manual processes that free up our employees to take on more of their prioritized projects on a daily basis". HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT is most compared with IBM Sterling File Gateway, BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer, Kiteworks, Sterling Commerce Connect:Direct and Automic Workload Automation, whereas VisualCron is most compared with Microsoft Power Automate, WinAutomation by Softomotive, UiPath, ActiveBatch Workload Automation and Tidal Automation. See our HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT vs. VisualCron report.

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