July 16, 2013 | Posted in Enterprise File Sync and Share, MFT | By

In the world of managed file transfer (MFT), organizations are implementing solutions to reliably and safely transfer information for application-to-application and B2B system-to-system scenarios. However, in the realm of user-to-user file and data transfer, things get more complicated and threaten corporate security for many companies.

The demands of a mobile workforce are growing by leaps and bounds. As organizations struggle to meet these demands, employees often turn to free consumer dropbox services for file sharing and collaboration capabilities. Organizations must inevitably address file transfer challenges in an increasingly mobile world to extend file sharing and collaboration functionality to employees while also considering compliance and security.

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Managed File Transfer

Organizations use managed file transfer applications to transfer sensitive data or large files. Managed file transfer is ideal for moving:

  • High volumes of data including very large files
  • High value data that is time-sensitive or with strict security requirements

Furthermore, managed file transfer improves uptime, letting providers establish and maintain strong service level agreements so that customers can reliably transfer files. In addition to improving uptime, MFT lets users retrieve tracking information and notifies both parties automatically of proof of delivery, improving customer support capabilities and revenue recognition. MFT applications integrate with other applications to replace FTP servers while still providing visibility into file transfers. MFT also allows for programmatic file transfers.

Enterprise File Sync and Share

Mobile devices have changed the landscape of business, and one of the most rapidly growing components of ad hoc MFT is transferring files to and from mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Most people carry a mobile device with them everywhere, and, thanks to advances in keyboard covers and productivity software, employees are using tablets for content creation as well as viewing.

Enterprise file sync and share applications let users easily access files from mobile devices to increase collaboration and productivity. EFSS applications focus on:

  • Mobile access from multiple devices
  • Security issues stemming from syncing corporate data to smartphones and tablets

How They’re Alike

What do MFT and EFSS have in common? Both applications focus on moving files securely. While file transfer is a key component of efficient business practice, data security is a key concern for both managed file transfer and enterprise file sync and share applications.

How They’re Different

Unlike MFT, EFSS focuses on access to data from various device rather than integration with multiple applications. Also, while managed file transfer applications are designed to handle large files, many EFSS-exclusive vendors do not weigh file size heavily when designing EFSS applications.

The Best of Both Worlds

Though many MFT vendors are reluctant to invest the resources to develop and maintain native mobile applications, Thru recognizes the value of having one vendor for these two use cases. . Thru’s managed file transfer service has enhanced business productivity securely for over 10 years, and Thru’s mobile applications assume the same security approach for a global workforce on the go. What does that mean for you? You can securely send files of any size from any location from any device. Also, your company can reduce the added costs of having separate MFT and EFSS vendors. This means less time to set up and train employees and less to manage with Thru as a consistent and easy to use experience across all applications and devices.

With native applications for iPhones and iPads, Windows tablets, a mobile web app available across all devices, and a soon to be released Android app, Thru Enterprise Mobility gives IT powerful tools to manage their organization’s file transfers. Administrators have granular access to disconnect lost or stolen devices, disable or enable internet-enabled apps, and disable “open in” functionality to limit users’ viewing or editing capabilities. Each action taken is recorded and stored in a database for auditing purposes, so administrators can easily monitor and track mobile transactions.

With a workforce constantly on the move, Thru helps employees with mobile devices improve productivity and security.

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