Managed File Transfer (MFT): A Promising Alternative to Legacy File Transfer Solutions

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This five-part series on managed file transfer focuses on key concerns, such as security and efficiency, as well as how managed file transfer solutions can help address these issues. Read the third post below to learn why managed file transfer (MFT) applications are an increasingly popular alternative to legacy file transfer solutions.

confidential flying papersThis five-part series on managed file transfer focuses on key concerns, such as security and efficiency, as well as how managed file transfer solutions can help address these issues. Read the third post below to learn why managed file transfer (MFT) applications are an increasingly popular alternative to legacy file transfer solutions.

Given the issues associated with FTP and email-based file transfers, more and more organizations are turning to managed file transfer (MFT) applications. These products are viewed as one of the most promising ways to enhance business interactions.

In mid-2011, Forrester conducted a survey with 300 senior IT managers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Asia Pacific.* When asked to rank business issues which drove the need for improved interactions with trading partners, the majority of respondents (82%) rated the need to exchange documents as most important. In addition, the vast majority of survey respondents (81%) indicated that their organization’s highest priority for planned improvement was adding or enhancing managed file transfer options.

Usage of MFT solutions is on the rise, especially in financial services, healthcare, and state and federal government agencies. Organizations can use managed file transfer applications to meet many different business requirements. Before exploring specific solutions, however, companies should analyze their file transfer needs.

For more information, check out our latest MFT whitepaper. We’ll also explore this topic in more depth in our next MFT blog post, scheduled to post NEXT Tuesday, May 15.

In-between these dates, on Thursday, May 10, we’ll be posting a timely update on the exciting, just-published industry research conducted by Unisphere Research (and sponsored by Attunity). The results of the research covering big data trends and more will be highlighted in an upcoming webinar: “From Batch To Blazing: Moving Data In Today’s Real-time Business”. To register for the webinar, click here.

*Market Overview: Managed File Transfer Solutions. Forrester. July 11, 2011

Read Post 1 of 5: Are the Files You Transfer to Support Business Operations Secure? Part 1 of 5

Read Post 2 of 5: 5 Reasons Why FTP & Email Are Poorly Suited for File Transfers– Part 2 of 5

 

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