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Managed File Transfer and File Orchestration

Securing Operations over SSH in Flux

How does Flux interact with remote servers that are secured using SSH? Since the release of Flux 8.0.10, we have implemented support for SSH based interactions with remote servers in your enterprise workflows. Workflows and file orchestrations now interact cleanly with the enterprise’s existing public key infrastructure, while still enjoying Flux’s powerful integration capabilities. New […]

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Running Flux on Amazon Web Services

Numerous Flux customers run Flux on AWS. A two engine Flux cluster with an Oracle RDS backend was configured and set up using Windows servers in just an hour. Total cost for this environment is about 6.00 USD per day for a basic configuration. Here’s a quick task list to get you started running Flux […]

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Prepare file and process — new Flux workflow example

Prepare and Read CSV File, Do Something with the Text in the File (Intermediate — Requires Light Scripting)   It’s pretty common to receive a file from a customer and have to do some processing using the info in that file.   This workflow polls a landing folder for a customer file (in the example […]

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It’s the best time of year to evaluate your Flux needs and usage

Here at Flux, we’re excited to finish the year with a !bang and set ourselves up for an excellent 2016, and we’re pretty sure you are too. If you’re a Flux user, make sure you’re getting the most out of your file orchestration and job scheduling system: Have you updated to Flux 8?  There are […]

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Store workflows and configurations in the Flux Repository

Edit, Verify, and Promote Flux workflows and configurations The Flux Repository is a storage space in the Operations Console for template workflows and other useful components in Flux like an engine or agent configuration. Once a workflow is saved to the Repository, it’s available for editing at any time by any user with sufficient permissions […]

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Flux visual designer makes workflow creation simple

With Flux, to design multi-step workflows — complete with dependencies, conditional branching, and looping — you don’t need to be a software developer. Drag-and-drop visual workflow creation defines workflows without scripting and allows staff to visualize workflow logic, without having to resort to complex and non-intuitive scripting.     Actions, triggers, and other processes are […]

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Making Flux workflow’s reusable

One of the most popular features of Flux is the ability to make workflows reusable by using namespaces and runtime variables. The Flux engine, at the time a workflow is submitted to an engine namespace, assigns values to workflows designed with runtime variables. Workflow runtime variables receive the values of namespace variables, making the workflows […]

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Flux can use TSQL and Stored Procedures to schedule database jobs

Recently, an IT Consulting Service asked Flux about how the Flux job scheduler interacts with a database. The main question that was asked was: can Flux schedule database jobs by using TSQL or Stored Procedures for databases such as SQL Server, IBM DB2, and Oracle? And also, what type of database level details can Flux […]

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Flux orchestrates over 500 scripts for retail SaaS provider

Flux recently helped a large retail SaaS provider migrate 500+ shell scripts to Flux 8.0. Automating a few batch scripts is easy.  Keeping track of over 500 is a bit more of a challenge. The workflows were easy — timed events coordinated across a dozen time zones triggering existing shell scripts (which Flux refers to […]

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New updates and features in Flux 8.0.11

Flux 8.0.11 is here, and with it comes a host of performance and usability features: Flux 8.0.11 will now support the compilation and execution of Jasper Reports, a robust and open source Java reporting system that is available with commercial support options from TIBCO. Since Jasper reports can be executed through the command line, they […]

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Flux uses workflows to orchestrate EDI

Flux was recently contacted by a company in the B2B EDI business. This company has an algorithm to transform file types, but needs assistance in other areas like workflow, monitoring directories and managing files. Their basic needs from Flux are: Monitor a directory, detect any files needing transfer, move file then delete file. Monitor a remote […]

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Flux helps IT teams orchestrate their ETL processes

How Flux manages complex ETL scripting with its file orchestrator Flux recently helped a large media and entertainment company who was looking for assistance orchestrating the execution of their suite of ETL scripts. The company uses Python scripts to run their ETL processes. This M&E company needs to be able to run multiple queries on […]

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Customers Are Migrating To Flux 8

A number of long-standing Flux customers  – some running on releases almost ten years old – have recently migrated to Flux 8. One top ten bank recently converted over 100,000 workflows to Flux 8. Flux 8.0.11 supports Java 7 and 8. And as always, Flux continues to develop and publish workflow examples to ease and […]

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Flux 8.0.11 — Coming in September

Flux is pleased to announce its upcoming release of Flux 8.0.11. This release includes: Integration with Jasper Reports to provide report creation and scheduling within Flux. The ability to web-provision workflows for immediate and scheduled execution. Numerous usability and performance improvements.

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SoftwareAdvice.com on Remote Teams

Insights on creating more efficient remote teams mentions Flux Software Advice, a firm helping businesses simplify the selection process of online project management software, just published new research that includes quotes from Ron Schultz, CEO of Flux regarding Flux’s approach to remote employees / teams. Flux’s file orchestration software is used in enterprises spanning the […]

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10 Things Workflow Can Do For You

Planning for Success with Automation As a manager, you’re considering replacing an existing system with an automated workflow platform. Perhaps you’ve found that too much of your time is spent allocating and managing resources for day-to-day tasks, and you aren’t able to spend as much time as you’d prefer focusing on larger business issues. Maybe […]

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Scheduling Reports: More than Fire and Forget

Moving beyond Scheduling Reports to Orchestrating Them Scheduling reports is a common use case for job schedulers. Often such scheduling is initially envisioned as a simple matter of setting a timer to fire off a report at a given time. In such cases available open source projects and even Windows Task Scheduler is used. But […]

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Agile Workflow Modeling Simplifies Workflow Development

Utilizing the concepts of agile development can provide direction and organization to your workflow development, making it more productive, yielding faster delivery, creating more flexible and reusable workflows, and increasing stakeholder satisfaction. Developing solutions involving workflows is by no means trivial. Workflows can be large, complex, and highly intricate. Often it’s difficult to determine where […]

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Getting Control over Multiple File Transfer Solutions

File Orchestration vs. Managed File Transfer Ok, so you’ve figured out managed file transfer. You bought an out-of-the-box solution and – voila! – you’re up and running. It’s now ‘later’, maybe a few months or even years later. You come to realize that not only did you figure out managed file transfer, but other teams […]

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10 Things You Should Know to Integrate, Orchestrate, then Celebrate

Enterprise Scheduling and File Transfer Need to Integrate, Orchestrate, and Celebrate Your File Processes? Here’s 10 Things You Should Know. It’s work …whatever industry or environment you work with… sooner or later…. IT WILL CATCH UP TO YOU… Short cuts. Mistakes rushing to meet deadlines. Manual interventions. Struggles maintaining custom code. Late SLAs. No prioritization […]

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Enterprise Scheduling

The IT Manager’s Quest for Sleep This is not a story of vagaries and euphemisms. Unfortunately, this story is also often-told. This is a story starting with anguish and suffering. It may end with a happy ending, it may not. But it’s all about you – The IT Manager. You know the story. For all […]

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3 Common Mistakes IT Managers Make that Cost Them Dearly

There are several mistakes IT managers make that create major issues that can kill reaching the benefits of enterprise workflows. However, as damaging as these mistakes can be, they’re actually fairly easy to fix – all it takes is a little effort to improve design processes. Here are some of the more common problems along […]

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It’s Just a Simple Matter of Programming

The buy vs. build dilemma How did I get into this mess? Sometimes customers come to us when they realize they are being held hostage to internally developed software or processes that address job scheduling and managed file transfers. Over the years they see these turn into a Frankenstein of code and manual interventions. How […]

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Automation for Changing Workloads

Flux and ETL One of the Use Cases for Flux Flux is used to create and execute automated workflows that involve a combination of steps and tasks across servers. Flux can initiate time-based schedules, batch jobs through scripting, interface with databases through SQL, and MFT (managed file transfer) activities through support of file transfer protocols […]

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Trigger Files – A Common Model to Initiate File Transfers

Simple workflow to initiate adhoc or on-demand file transfers Oftentimes we are asked what is the most effective way to initiate a file transfer. Our answer – it depends! But a common means of initiation is to have some executable process or customer software application prepare a file for transfer – and when that process […]

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Monitor Updates (Aug. – Sep. 2014)

New features and bulk workflow operations coming in restyled monitor interface. The Flux Operations Console has served Flux users reasonably well over the years, but as users have scaled their operations to many hundreds and sometimes thousands of workflows, the Operations Console has shown its age. As illustrated below, the existing console does not provide […]

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Getting to Done Quickly

Data collection made easy for global healthcare provider using Flux With Growth Comes Added Workflow Complexity As businesses grow, what were once simple tasks often become unmanageable. Handling such growth effectively is a competitive advantage. Data collection tasks that were once simple, straightforward, and easy to manage often spiral in complexity as the business’s customers […]

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Share with us the contact information for a friend or fellow developer (or even a manager!) who you think could benefit from Flux. We’ll send you one of these cool Flux T-shirts. Tadah!! Just sales@flux.ly or call us.

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Orchestrating the Processing of Digital Media

A common workflow for orchestrating digital media files The nature of digital media varies widely, from check images to digital photos to PDF- formatted contracts and legal documents. Yet the activities performed against digital media are often common and repeated. These repeatable activities are best expressed as a workflow — and often as a set […]

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Five Best Practices in Managed File Transfer

Must-Haves for Trouble-Free File Transfers When you embark on a new managed file transfer project or you just want to review your existing file transfer processes, here are 5 things for you to review in order to make your system more trustworthy to everyone involved and to create smoothly running processes that require minimal human […]

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Flux Workflow Surviving Despite Open Source

“How does one sell software if every other software in the same space is open source?” Here’s an interesting question, “How does one sell software if every other software in the same space is open source?” One would think that it would be an impossibility for a small company. However there’s a bright ray of […]

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Flux or Quartz

Looking for a Java job scheduler? After some searching and introspection, perhaps you arrive at some of the following choices: 1. Use a commercial Java job scheduler: Flux 2. Use an open source Java job scheduler: Quartz 3. Use something else 4. Develop something yourself Pretty quickly, you can make a “yes or no” decision […]

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Inside Interwoven’s OpenDeploy

Flux supplies automated efficiency for content publication. Using Flux allows Interwoven to focus our precious resources to our core competencies. — Todd Scallan, OpenDeploy Product Manager, Interwoven The United Kingdom’s largest retail grocer, Tesco, had a problem. How could their web team manage Tesco’s dynamic web site where thousands of products were changing every day? […]

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Wellogic Employs Flux as Basis for Scheduling Service

Flux activates the transformation and delivery of information from one healthcare application to another in the Synapse Scheduling Service. — Synapse Director of Engineering, Wellogic Wellogic provides healthcare integration solutions, clinical applications, and development consulting services to hospitals, healthcare practices, and other healthcare organizations. The Synapse Director of Engineering at Wellogic says, “We can provide […]

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Palisades Technology Partners

Consulting firm uses Flux to alleviate scheduling demands for clients   You answer to a top-ten mortgage lender. Your job is to build a precise system to transfer data between disparate systems on a scheduled basis. Your consulting firm needs to deliver the solution on a timely basis for a competitive price. How do you […]

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UserMagnet Chooses Flux to Manage Enterprise Content Delivery

We chose to use Flux because we recognized Flux as a leader in the Java community. We trusted their good name and trusted their work. “We want to help our customers engage their users in valuable, long-lasting e-loyalty relationships,” says Mike Sick, UserMagnet’s Vice President of Development. As Sick knows, providing useful tools to e-business […]

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Documentum’s Content Distribution Services

Job Scheduling Serves Universal Business Models Documentum, a leading provider of enterprise content management (ECM), has over a decade of experience providing solutions to create, manage, deliver, and archive unstructured content. Building on these strengths, an increasing challenge for Documentum’s Global 2000 customer base was how to leverage the value of a powerful enterprise content […]

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TWO COOL: Java Technology Powers a Pair of Cool Applications

From java.sun.com Sims Computing’s Flux Enterprise Job Scheduler Computer job scheduling has been with us since 1960s-era mainframe systems, and was later more well established by the Unix(r) platform’s cron facility. In a nutshell, job scheduling is simply a matter of executing the correct task, on the correct day, and at the correct time. But […]

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Adeptia’s Indigo Data Integration Server

Flux Provides Automation Power and Reliability Chicago-based Adeptia, identifying the market void, created an innovative solution for data integration technology. Indigo is “integration middleware that WILL maximize the value of existing applications, enable disparate systems to communicate, extend the life of current systems, and allow collaboration of business partners, subsidiaries, buyers, and suppliers.” Adeptia points […]

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The Origins of Flux

Sims Computing created Flux, an enterprise component, using Java Technology Sims Computing was founded in 1997 as a boutique consulting shop to help build enterprise software components that would improve the overall efficiency and functionality of our customers’ enterprise applications. Working in this capacity with our customers, we quickly realized that there was a need […]

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Stockholm’s Mind AB Uses J2EE and Flux to Strengthen Client Business Operations

My goal is to help my clients by giving them good advice and developing high quality applications that can leverage their business and make them stronger. — Markus Torpvret, System Architect/Developer, Mind AB Mind AB System Architect Markus Torpvret sees a lot of Java development occurring in his neighborhood. While Stockholm, Sweden may not immediately […]

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Case Study: Job Scheduling

Companies of all stripes can benefit from job scheduling to automate processes in applications. Job scheduling is a simple way to add automated, unattended, scheduled processing to your Java applications. Many companies have discovered that job scheduling in J2EE and J2SE is a good way to automate applications and clean up system resources. Learn how […]

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Sims Computing releases Flux 1.0

Sims Computing has released Flux 1.0, the Enterprise Job Scheduler. Job scheduling automates the process of determining when tasks need to be executed. Flux is a server-side Java software component that provides one-time and recurring job scheduling in Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and Java applications.

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