Industry: Banking and Finance
About a year ago, Think Mutual Bank, a bank located in the Midwest, was searching for a way to transfer data between disparate banking systems. Although Think Bank’s core system is the IBM i, the business banking segment runs on MS SQL. Getting all the data into one place (the IBM i), then copying updated files back to the MS SQL system was a challenge that had to be met on a daily basis. Van Sy, Lead Systems Administrator at Think Bank, was tasked with finding a PCI DSS compliant solution – fast.
Finding the Right Fit
Although Think Bank had a product that performed some of the functions they needed, Sy began a search for a product with more functionality, and one that could be implemented in the short timeframe he was given. As Sy explained, “We own another product that has some FTP functionality, but it doesn’t have the data push that we wanted. We wanted to be able to copy just certain fields from a SQL database over to the IBM i, and GoAnywhere does that, all in one package."
“Most of the other solutions out there do one or two things, but not the whole package – that is the reason we went with the GoAnywhere product. It really met all of our specific needs, with the database conversion, the database push and the secure FTP.”
"Due to our short timeline – literally, we were looking at just a month," Sy added, "we didn’t want or have time to do any coding ourselves, so GoAnywhere became the obvious choice.”
Also key to the project’s success was having a provider who would take the time to make sure the product was up and running when Think Bank needed it. The support staff at HelpSystems was ready for the challenge. “The support person I dealt with was very knowledgeable," Sy said. "Every time we had questions, he was there, and it really helped that he was very familiar with the product.”
Planning for the Future
“We’ve been running GoAnywhere for about a year now, using the database push and the FTP functionality. In the short term, we’ll probably extend it out to other systems than just our business banking side. With GoAnywhere, it’s a secure FTP client, so I’ll be moving some of the older systems over to it.”
Added Sy: “Most of the other solutions out there do one or two things, but not the whole package – that’s the reason we went with the GoAnywhere product. It really met all of our specific needs, with the database conversion, the database push and the secure FTP. So far, it’s been really solid.”
You can learn more about Think Mutual Bank by visiting their website.