Managed File Transfer (MFT)

Hybrid Integration and MFT innovation: How they work together


Hybrid Integration Platforms (HIP) and MFT work well together. In order to understand this concept, you must know the basics of how HIP and MFT come together to work better together.

What is HIP?

To have a true digital transformation, companies need a way to bring the data and processes from all their diverse applications together in a way where it can be used in new ways. This is where HIP comes into your company’s orbit.

The HIP definition reads as follows: “A Hybrid Integration Platform brings together a diverse set of integration personas, integration disciplines, endpoints and architectures under common governance. APIs play a key role in that governance.” Yet, let’s cut to the chase, in its simplest form, it’s about bringing together two or more applications that were designed separately to work together or be integrated.

A HIP’s focus is as a one-stop-shop or hub to bring together the different technologies you need for digital transformation. This cuts down on costs and speeds the process of innovation.

What is MFT?

According to Wikipedia, “Managed File Transfer (“MFT”) refers to a software or a service that manages the secure transfer of data from one computer to another through a network (e.g., the Internet.)”

MFT is a traditional integration pattern that uses files to send data between systems for integration. MFT technology helps organizations ensure the delivery of these files with security and reliability.


MFT has been a stable part of enterprise architecture for some time. Traditionally used for automated system-to-system transfers, it continues to be used for linking internal and external applications and processes together.

Therefore, the challenges with MFT are usually in the initial setup of the transfers. For example, file formats, directory structures, user credentials all must agree and be tested before MFT can do its work in moving the files.

Many organizations are using APIs and an integration platform to simplify this setup and control of the automated transfers. Read about how MFT needs API here. A large banking customer built an onboarding app for file transfer and expects to cut time and errors out of the process that will save them millions of dollars a year. So, you do not need to replace all your MFT processes to gain the benefit from integrating them into a HIP.

HIP and MFT can work well together to streamline processes and bring innovation into your traditional business processes.

Learn all about HIP in our resource center here.

Read more about the six benefits of adopting a digital MFT solution here.