Moving to the cloud, are your file transfers keeping up?

By Harry Nicholson, Product Manager for Automation at Blue Turtle.

Johannesburg, 27 Mar 2024
Agile, secure and efficient managed file transfer solutions are a necessity.
Agile, secure and efficient managed file transfer solutions are a necessity.

In an era where the cloud is king, businesses are rapidly transforming to keep pace with the demand for faster, more reliable access to information. The proliferation of data across myriad sources and the push towards cloud-first strategies underscore the necessity for agile, secure and efficient managed file transfer (MFT) solutions. However, as we navigate the complexities of modern, multicloud infrastructures, it becomes clear that traditional MFT operations, if not updated, can significantly hamper the speed and innovation businesses strive for today.

The strategic imperative of MFT in a cloud-first world

The agility with which an enterprise can generate, disseminate and utilise information determines its competitive edge. The intrinsic value of a company's data significantly increases as it is shared across a more comprehensive array of sources, applications, users and customers. Recognising this, organisations are investing in developing infrastructures and processes designed to expedite the flow of information. This paradigm shift elevates MFT solutions from a background IT function to a strategic asset, pivotal in realising the full potential of modernisation efforts.

Modern hybrid infrastructures, which incorporate a mix of on-premises, mobile and multicloud components, are at the forefront of producing and collecting these diverse data sets. However, these advanced environments also present unique challenges for traditional file-sharing solutions. The inability of legacy MFT processes to seamlessly integrate with all elements of these complex architectures – particularly cloud storage – underscores a growing problem. Many of these systems were initially devised for specific databases or infrastructure components, necessitating cumbersome scripting and manual interventions to facilitate data exchanges across disparate platforms. Such approaches are increasingly unsustainable as the volume of data, and the speed at which it needs to be accessed and shared, continue to escalate.

Modernising file transfer operations aligns with the broader organisational need for modern architectural compatibility and will ultimately help companies eliminate inefficient manual processes, enhance reliability, improve data quality and speed up project delivery. These operational improvements speak to what companies are looking for from digital transformation. The potential for enhanced service levels is particularly relevant in sectors with high transaction volumes and where speed is required, such as banking, insurance, retail and logistical services. In these industries, the ability to quickly process and act on information can be the difference between leading the market and lagging.

The evolution of MFT solutions: From siloed operations to integrated workflows

The need for modern MFT solutions has never been more pressing. While foundational to IT operations, traditional file transfers have lagged in modernisation efforts, creating bottlenecks that undermine the value of new applications, systems and services.

The future of MFT lies in solutions that natively support cloud storage, offer robust workflow orchestration capabilities and eliminate the inefficiencies of manual processes and custom scripting. This evolution is critical for sectors like finance, retail and travel services, where high-speed execution and the ability to process vast volumes of transactions are paramount.

Redefining MFT for the cloud era

To stay relevant and competitive, MFT solutions must undergo a transformation that aligns with the cloud-first vision of enterprises. This involves integrating application and data workflow orchestration into the MFT process, ensuring that file transfers are about moving data from point A to B and enabling the automatic execution of dependent workflows.

Modern MFT platforms should facilitate seamless data sharing across hybrid and multicloud environments, support key protocols and offer self-service capabilities while maintaining stringent security and compliance standards.

Embracing modern MFT for business agility and growth

As businesses continue to evolve in a cloud-centric world, the role of MFT solutions becomes increasingly critical. Enterprises must adopt modern MFT platforms to bridge the gap between traditional file transfer needs and the demands of a fast-paced, data-driven business environment.

By doing so, they can ensure their file transfer operations enhance, rather than hinder, their overall strategy for innovation and growth. Helix Control-M represents a significant step forward in this direction, offering the tools and capabilities necessary to navigate the complexities of today's digital landscape while paving the way for the future of MFT.

BMC Helix Control-M: Pioneering the future of MFT in BMC’s Control-M SaaS solution

BMC Helix Control-M Managed File Transfer exemplifies the modern approach to MFT, focusing on application and data workflow orchestration across complex, hybrid and multicloud environments. It offers a unified interface for monitoring and managing file transfers and related workflows, significantly reducing manual intervention and the complexity of integrating file transfers with other business processes.

With features designed to support DevOps collaboration, automate recovery processes and provide comprehensive audit and compliance capabilities, Helix Control-M stands out as a solution that not only meets the current demands of enterprises, but also anticipates future challenges.