Growing Traffic Makes Control of File Transfer Essential
- January 23rd, 2015
- By: Scott Robinson
- In: Energy & Utilities, Finance, Healthcare, Supply Chain, General B2B, Subcategory
The transfer of unstructured data (files) between business partners is growing at a brisk pace. This opens the door for potential error, compliance issues, and confusion.
According to a recent study by the Aberdeen Group, the number of end users requiring file transfer capability is growing rapidly, between 6% and 9% annually, as of 2013. The volume of file transfers per user is growing faster still, from 8% to 11% annually. Finally, the size of the average file to be transferred is also growing, from 6% to 7%.
The flip side is that IT staff to accommodate the increased traffic is not growing correspondingly.
A sensible solution for B2B partner companies needing to accommodate these increases is Managed File Transfer. MTF augments existing B2B data exchange mechanisms by off-loading the transfer of larger files to an independent mechanism, lessening resource consumption. It automates file transfers between B2B partners, incorporating detection and handling of transfer failures, which conventional file transfer does not; and it can authenticate users against AD/LDAP.
Industry uptake of MTF has been rapid, and it has taken up a permanent place in the B2B toolkit.