This five-part series on file transfers focuses on key concerns, such as security and efficiency, as well as how managed file transfer (MFT) solutions can help address these issues. Read the fourth post below to learn about four common use cases where managed file transfer applications are a good solution.
Organizations commonly encounter four types of file transfers. Managed file transfer solutions can make each of these more efficient and more secure. Which of the following occur in your organization?
- Ad hoc file transfers. These are spontaneous file transfers that are user driven. For example, after engaging in a discussion with a partner, a business user may need to send a large file to maintain the project momentum. Many organizations find that this type of ad hoc collaboration is on the rise, and therefore file transfers are also increasing.
- Regularly scheduled file transfers. These file transfers occur repeatedly. For instance, daily transaction records may need to be sent from distributed locations to headquarters, or log files may need to be backed up once per day.
- Human-to-human file transfers. With this type of file transfer, an individual sender transfers a file to a specific individual.
- Machine-to-machine transfers. In this case, a file transfer is started by a process and is received automatically by another process. No direct human interaction is required for machine-to-machine file transfers.
The type of file transfers that your organization needs to support itself are an important consideration when exploring managed file transfer solutions. But, that is not all. In our next and final installment in this series (live on Thursday, May 17), we will discuss different areas of functionality that organizations should investigate when evaluating MFT products.
In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about Managed File Transfer, download Attunity’s whitepaper, “Managed File Transfer: Securing the Way Organizations Deliver Files”.