How EFSS Fits with MFT

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. Download White Paper: Thru for Enterprise File Sync and Sharing Managed File Transfer Organizations use

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Approaching Mobile Business

July 8, 2013 | Posted in Enterprise File Sync and Share, Mobile Business | By

The mobile workforce has become an undeniable facet of business technology. When faced with a quickly changing mobile landscape, companies must consider the how to provide functionality and maintain a competitive edge with efficient business practices. The Denial Approach Though it isn’t practical or sustainable, many organizations simply choose to refuse to ignore the growing demand for mobile devices in the enterprise. Many companies cannot keep unwanted mobile devices off their networks, and users can easily connect personal devices unbeknownst to management, resulting in possible data leaks. The Enterprise-Liable Approach As demand for mobile capabilities grows, many companies consider taking an enterprise-liable approach, issuing employees mobile phones. This approach gives IT the control over data and security that many CIOs

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SLA for MFT Services

February 25, 2013 | Posted in MFT | By

Last month as Thru sent out the annual Service Level Agreement (SLA) compliance letters for 2012, I was reminded of the great importance a reliable SLA plays in managed file transfer (MFT). The ability to establish and maintain an SLA is a major differentiator between enterprise solutions and consumer-focused technologies attempting to sell to businesses. Why is providing and maintaining an SLA so vital to managed file transfer solutions? It’s simple. A good SLA lays out the expectations between the service provider and the customer and provides metrics to measure effectiveness. Essentially, a good SLA differentiates between those who say they can provide a reliable service and those who actually do. Anyone can promise to be reliable and guarantee uptime,

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Why do Enterprises need a Customizable File Transfer Platform?

December 17, 2012 | Posted in Cloud, Enterprise, Managed File Transfer, MFT, Secure Platform | By

The entire purpose of the IT department is to enable business, and that should be the main goal of any IT solution. In this constantly changing world, IT solutions must be agile and able to change with the business.  Some businesses irrationally choose to build their own bespoke solutions as they feel this is the only way to get exactly what is needed. They shy away from commercial off the shelf software solutions that must be modified and extended to fit ever-changing needs, so they elect to do it internally. This is irrational because it is only the original project costs that are attractive, while the expensive hidden costs are in the operating, extending and modifying these custom software solutions.

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The AEC Industry: Gaining a Competitive Advantage through MFT Adoption

October 24, 2012 | Posted in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction, Business Applications, Managed File Transfer, MFT | By

Past research has identified the AEC industry (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) as being extremely resistant to new IT adoption. Why is that? Culture. As organizations do business, they quickly learn what works and what does not. This learning is assimilated into the company’s culture. The big mistakes of the past are remembered anytime an employee has an idea that sounds similar to the old one, and the idea is immediately squashed. A few bad experiences can quickly lead to a lot of assumptions that are not necessarily true, eliminating profitable strategies and greatly hurting the company’s ability to earn above normal profits. While this means that most AEC companies will be late adopters, it also provides a great opportunity for

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Online File Sharing Increases Security Threats

June 26, 2012 | Posted in File Sharing | By

Last week Symantec posted the results of their 2011 SMB File Sharing Survey, revealing that online file sharing poses the greatest security risk to SMBs. These results do not come as a surprise, as unsecure and unregulated freemium file sharing services (with millions of simultaneous users on a shared platform) have crept onto corporate networks at an unprecedented pace—74 percent of survey respondents said “they adopted online file sharing to bolster their own productivity”. The problem is that the employees concern for boosting their productivity takes precedent over corporate security. In fact 61 percent, of the 1,325 organizations surveyed, said that employees are the ones making the decision about which file sharing services are being used. The problem is that

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Beyond Compliance – The Cloud Delivers

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Cloud, Content Delivery, Enterprise, Secure Platform | By

According to the InformationWeek 2012 Strategic Security Survey, the biggest challenge for security teams is not about meeting compliance demands, and preventing breaches, but it’s managing complexity, risk management and handling security challenges.  This comes after an era in which a large percentage of organizations looked at security purely from a compliance-based approach–enacting minimal-requirements to comply with government and industry regulations. A good proportion of companies have met the established security guidelines/specifications, but by failing to implement a risk-management approach they are still plagued with huge technical and/or administrative threats.  And now with mobile devices entering the workforce security threats have increased even further.  Not only may IT administrators be unaware that these devices are connected to their corporate network,

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Big Data & MFT

June 1, 2012 | Posted in Big Data, Enterprise, MFT | By

In recent posts, I have talked at length about “Big” files and the issues around the transport and management of such data sizes, but now is the time to talk about “Big” data.   The market is well aware of the pros and cons of traditional methods to address the file transfer challenges and the resulting Managed File Transfer (MFT) solutions.  However, along with the many benefits of implementing a MFT solution come side effects in the form of additional data silos.  These silos while created to protect sensitive data with such tools as encryption, multi-factor authentication, and data abstraction invariably obscure a significant and sizable amount of data from the landscape of Big Data tool sets and ancillary solutions. Let’s

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BYOD to Work…Really?

May 21, 2012 | Posted in Business Applications, Dropbox, Enterprise, Managed File Transfer | By

I know that consumerization is spreading though out the enterprise, but none the less I was shocked to see in the Cisco IBSG Horizons Study that a staggering 95% of respondents (600 U.S. IT and business leaders), said their organizations permit employee-owned devices in some way, shape or form in the workplace. With company security breaches at unprecedented highs, I find it amazing that IT and business leaders are accepting, and in some cases embracing, the idea of “bring your own device” (BYOD) to work. Further the survey revealed that not only do enterprises allow employee-owned devices, but according to 84% of respondents, they provide some level of support for these gadgets– 36% of those surveyed provide full support. Thanks

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Transfer Large Files 2.5 Times Faster

May 11, 2012 | Posted in FTP, Large File Transfers, Managed File Transfer, MFT | By

I’m continuously amazed with the number of tweets I see from business professionals devouring way too many cups of coffee as they impatiently wait hours, and sometimes days, for large files to transfer to their recipient(s) across/outside the country.  Angry tweets begin to emerge when it looks like the file is transferring fine but then the transfer stalls and eventually aborts. With the global distribution of personnel commonly found in enterprises today, it’s no wonder that organizations are increasingly faced with more technological challenges.  And the requirement to quickly and securely share important business files containing ever-larger volumes of data with global associates, customers, and business partners continues to grow.  Email, FTP, VPN and freemium file sharing methods were not

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