The Disadvantages of Using Scripts to Automate File Transfers


According to Stepsize, the average developer spends almost 20% of their week dealing with technical debt, defined by Trey Huffine, founder of gitconnected, as “any code added now that will take more work to fix at a later time.”

If your organization is using scripts to automate file transfers, it’s adding to your technical debt and making your IT team’s work more difficult. In this blog post, I’ll be discussing the disadvantages of scripting and explaining how Thru, our cloud managed file transfer (MFT) solution, eliminates these disadvantages.

Disadvantage 1: More Time to Fulfill Requests

It takes a while for your IT team to write new scripts when new file transfer requests arrive. There’s a high risk and price of errors — if one number or letter is off, the files won’t be transferred.

MFT Advantage: Configure and Test in Minutes

By using Thru’s no-code interface, your IT team can configure and test file transfer connections in minutes. If there’s something to fix, you’ll know before it has an impact on your business.

Disadvantage 2: Lack of Visibility

Your team isn’t always sure who changed what code or whether files were delivered. If files aren’t delivered, it can sometimes devolve into blaming within your team or with partners.

MFT Advantage: Detailed Dashboards for Monitoring and Tracking

Thru ends those debates by being one place for everyone to view user activity and file delivery information. If something is changed, you know what it was, who did it and when. You can figure out why directly from them. It’s much more straightforward.

Disadvantage 3: No Alerts

What if files weren’t delivered for days or weeks at a time and you didn’t know?

It sounds like a nightmare, but it can happen if you don’t have alerts set up. Every hour you don’t know about the problem, your organization is missing crucial information and becoming less agile.

MFT Advantage: Automatic Alerts

Thru can keep your IT team aware of issues as soon as they happen with email and text alerts. Resolving these issues is just as fast and simple thanks to our no-code interface.

Disadvantage 4: Knowledge Walks Away

Building a great team right now is important, but it’s also important to look ahead and understand how different that team could look in two, five or 10 years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median amount of tenure for employees in January 2020 was 4.1 years.

If employees leave your company, their knowledge about the scripts goes too, unless you’ve been careful to keep clear documentation. If you have documentation, it may be difficult to keep it updated and easy to understand for new employees.

MFT Advantage: Established File Transfer Software

Thru has nearly 20 years of continuous development and innovation in our technology. We offer best-in-class training for your IT team about our product and how to use it. Our support team updates product documentation frequently to keep your IT team in the loop. And if you need more help, our team is available through email, chat and phone to get you back on track.

Disadvantage 5: No One Is an Expert

Your IT team has a lot to do and automating file transfers is not at the top of that list. They probably only reference the scripts when there’s an issue, and even then, they may not completely understand how the scripts work.

MFT Advantage: Easy-to-Use Interface

That’s where Thru comes in. With our no-code interface, your IT team (or even citizen integrators) can configure automated file transfers and onboard partners in minutes. Additionally, Thru has experts in developing MFT, using MFT and integrating MFT with your company’s ecosystems. If you have questions or concerns, you can get answers fast.

Stop Using Scripts to Automate File Transfers

If your IT team spends hours per month configuring and managing file transfers, it’s worth the time to find a better way. Why not take a few minutes to visit our file transfer automation page and see how Thru can help? If you have any questions, let us know and we’ll get them answered.



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