IBM Sterling Control Center

For critical movement and data exchange, enterprises need to have excellent governance in place. As the flow of file-based information takes an increasingly central role in innovation and key business processes, decision makers may find themselves in need of a solution that optimizes efficiency, especially with regard to security. Mitigating risk and adhering to compliance standards are equally important goals to keeping business information secure.

That’s why decision makers need a wide angle view of all the critical events that take place within their enterprises. The IBM Control Center tracks those processes across B2B and managed file transfer (MFT) software, customer service and operations. This approach provides a better window for governance.

For example, the Control Center uses notifications and customizable dashboards to alert key audiences (executives, management, IT and other personnel) when a problem with a server threatens to impact a Service Level Agreement (SLA). As a result, lapses in operations and communication can be addressed immediately to minimize the ultimate cost and inconvenience. With this view of your enterprise, problems can be solved quickly and effectively.

Here are some of the features of the IBM Control Center:

  • Visibility
    File transfers and B2B processes can be viewed across the enterprise on all supported infrastructure. This makes inventory management much easier by displaying and reporting on managed servers and their properties. Because the Control Center supports other IBM technology, extending your solutions with compatibility is always possible.
  • Monitoring Service
    Users have access to alerts and notifications about process failures that are either corrupt or delayed. These events are published to a log that other systems can use. When these failures occur, automated responses can make addressing them immediate and successful. Users can interrogate problems with a single click.
  • Rules Engine
    Alerts and notifications are customizable to user specifications, so that under certain circumstances, pertinent audiences are alerted in a consistent manner. These rules can be based on file transfers or processes to streamline match criteria and trigger actions. Users can also define schedules, processes, file names and other metadata all through a simplified GUI interface.
  • Central Management & Automation
    APIs, including an interactive development console for RESTful APIs, help users automate and integrate Control Center into enterprise architecture.
  • Governance, Audit and Compliance
    The Control Center consolidates and normalizes file transfer and process data from managed servers into a single SQL database. Data can be viewed in real time and in “visibility groups” that allow decision makers to ensure processes are operating in accordance to industry and government standards.

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