Data is constantly moving through organizations to business partners and into the cloud. Businesses depend on file transfer methods for day-to-day operations as well as for longer-term planning and analysis. Although file transfers might sound like simple operations, they are not. Network connections fail, data packets are dropped, disks become full, and, perhaps worst of all, ad hoc scripts might not provide adequate error handling and reporting to help you troubleshoot such problems. This Essentials Series outlines the business drivers for using managed file transfer solutions and shows how to improve compliance and application integration while controlling costs.
File transfers are more costly and time consuming than they might first appear. Developing custom ad hoc solutions often appears to be the fastest most efficient way to address file transfer requirements. However, over the long term, this may not hold true. The cost of debugging scripts with insufficient error handling, babysitting unreliable methods, and compensating for file transfer solutions that cannot keep up with demand highlight the need for a more reliable, comprehensive approach to file transfers.
Compliance is a necessary part of business. File transfers might be far removed from the high-level strategic concerns of C-level executives, except when compliance is involved. Complying with multiple regulations is difficult. Implementing robust, scalable, and dependable file transfer solutions is difficult. The addition of compliant to that list of features increases the cost of implementing custom solutions. A managed file transfer solution might be a better option, but you need to evaluate such a solution based on the criteria outlined here. In addition, keep in mind the benefits of implementing an organization-wide solution.
Application integration and data exchange can enable innovative ways of working with information. Applications are often designed to perform a limited set of operations, but the data these systems collect might be used in a wide variety of ways. Managed file transfer solutions can enable reliable and scalable data exchange that is essential for leveraging the maximum value from your data resources.
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