Posts tagged ad hoc
Ad Hoc File Transfer Flexibility with Managed File Transfer Control

By John Andrews, Director, Solution Marketing Management, Axway

It is widely acknowledged that there is an explosive growth in consumable data. The explosion in data is not limited to pictures and movies. Even the traditional flat file data has grown in size. Organizations are creating more data than ever before, and the demands for sharing this data have increased exponentially. To make matters worse, the ability to effectively and efficiently move this data has not kept pace with growth in data size.

Almost 70% of all companies have been struggling with the size, speed or complexity of data.”  

–Aberdeen Group, “The Impact and Advantages of MFT”

Therefore, you should understand that data file management is a common problem. Combined with dramatic increases in the need for connectivity and collaboration between organizations, this pressure has created substantial challenges for today’s IT organization. IT departments now have to provide services that facilitate this collaboration but still maintain a secure environment.

All of this must be accomplished with increased security needs, ever-changing compliance regulations, and shrinking SLA duration. Current solutions do not address the needs of the individual and the organization. Pressure from having to be able to address contradicting needs can push IT staff into allowing the use of web-based consumer file transfer solutions — which is not good!

The challenge to IT departments is that many employees are turning to email and consumer-grade file-sharing services to get their work done and exposing the enterprise to risk in the process.” 

–CIO Magazine

What is needed is a managed file transfer solution that integrates the needs of individuals while providing enterprise-worthy functionality. The solution should provide a high level of security, certificate management, security for files at rest and in motion, and the right level of access (authentication and authorization). It should also be intuitive for end users while being scalable and flexible enough to meet the needs of the business. And finally, the solution needs to provide administrative-level visibility to file transfer functionality.

Join me in my upcoming webinar where we’ll explore ways to:

    • Create a single gateway for all your managed file transfer activities
    • Extend managed file transfer functionality to end users
    • Manage, monitor, and audit file transfers
    • Integrate ad hoc file transfers into your managed file transfer infrastructure

Ahead of the webinar, please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below! I look forward to presenting to you on 9/25!

The Role-Playing Game — How Enterprise IT Should Prepare for Cloud Adoption

By Paul Moxon, Senior Director, Product & Solutions Marketing

I’m often asked, “What’s the biggest thing standing in the way of enterprise IT getting on board with cloud adoption?”

My response is always the same: “The biggest thing standing in the way of enterprise IT cloud adoption is IT’s unwillingness to accept that business units (BUs) are already adopting the cloud.”

By 2012, BUs are eager to flout IT authority and circumvent IT constraints in order to solve problems now rather than see their requests languish in IT’s backlog of special projects, hostage to unreasonable wait times.

Those days are over. IT now has two options: Get on board or get left behind.

I’m seeing this exact scenario in our customer organizations as well. Customer BUs approach IT seeking solutions, without ever involving IT in the preliminary decision making process. They prefer instead to drag IT in at the very end and inform them of what is going to happen, rather than consult them about what may happen.

IT’s role has changed, whether they choose to recognize it or not. Their long-standing position as “policy police,” arbiter of good taste in applications, judge over whether an application requires IT policy and corporate security standards or not — it’s all coming to an end.

IT must face the fact that BUs are increasingly adopting the cloud, and support that move by:

• Becoming more aligned with the BUs and their goals;
• Providing security in the cloud;
• Managing service level agreements with cloud providers;
• Following escalation procedures;
• and advising the BUs on how — not whether — to adopt the cloud.

Don’t wait for cloud adoption to start getting your house in order. If IT stays in reactive mode as BUs make cloud decisions, they’ll end up with “integration” minus “strategy” — applications will be integrated on an ad hoc, project-by-project basis, creating a proliferation of point-to-point connections that is a repeat of the fragile, “spaghetti” integrations of the past.

IT must act now to get ahead of the curve — meaning ahead of BU demand — defining a solid integration strategy before the cloud apps start building out (or as early in that process as possible).

Does moving to the cloud mean that IT will lose some control? Yes. But I challenge them to be big-minded about it: Support BU adoption of the cloud, embrace your new role, shed your service-manager chrysalis and spread your trusted-adviser wings.