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Consolidation: Managed File Transfer Needs to Scale

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If you’re contemplating the consolidation of your departmental file gateways, it’s vital to consider a scalable infrastructure. File transfers are expanding in volume, size, and complexity. Consider the demands these all put on your organization.

Watch this short video, where I discuss the challenges enterprises confront concerning the file transfer process.

To summarize, according to Aberdeen research:

  • The number of end-users needing to transfer files is growing 6 to 9 percent (year-over-year)
  • The volume of file transfers is growing even faster — 8 to 11 percent (year-over-year)
  • The size of files being transferred is also on the rise — 6 to 7 percent (year-over-year)
  • But growth in the number of full-time equivalent IT staff associated with file transfers isn’t keeping pace — just 1 to 2 percent (year-over-year)

IT faces unprecedented growth in B2B communication, from email to file transfers and exchanges. Same-day billing emails between businesses were up 636 percent in one year, from 2013 to 2014. In the same timeframe, the growth in billing File Transfer Protocol (FTP) was up 2500 percent. Yes, that’s correct — 2500 percent. Exchanges across all customers with 12-digit setups were up by 33 percent.

These groups of customers were sending paper mail to their destinations because they couldn’t electronically deliver it outside of email. When IBM enabled them to securely deliver email to any destination, we reduced the paper mail and dramatically increased electronic exchanges. This is just one of several types of delivery mechanisms that has contributed to the explosion in electronic exchange of invoice data. We can now electronically deliver to destinations we could not reach before because of bandwidth or software issues.

All this rapid growth means you need a solution that can easily scale to handle your connections, today and into the future. And efficiently manage the increasing volumes of files and sizes of files that need to be moved. It’s important to choose a solution that can manage all the platforms, protocols, and communication channels used throughout your enterprise.

With a managed file transfer system that scales easily, your organization can support this explosive growth — without sacrificing performance.

To learn more about scalable design, visit the managed file transfer microsite.

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