MANAGED FILE TRANSFER & THE NEW COVID-19 'NORMAL'MFT plays a unique role addressing the business fallout of the pandemic
As new cases of COVID-19 decline in the UK, lockdown restrictions are gently easing. Business are edging back towards ‘normal’, with some staff returning from furlough and sales picking up in certain areas.
Yet COVID-19 isn’t going away. Organisations are having to adapt their IT infrastructure for this uncharted landscape. They are investing in new technology or extending existing solutions to support secure remote working, handle higher volumes of transfers and deliver automation to reduce manual processing.
Managed File Transfer (MFT) is a powerful business enabler that does just that. It allows transfers to take place in a centralised, controlled, secure fashion – inside and outside an organisation – between systems and / or users. Files are transferred more quickly and securely, enhancing productivity and providing visibility, with minimal human interaction.
Secure remote working
Sensitive data is no longer within the safety of the company’s firewall. MFT secures data, no matter where staff work from. It’s accessible too, giving remote employees the tools they need to ensure critical files get where they need to be. Benefits include:
- Protected files in motion and at rest
- Guaranteed delivery
- Access control and authentication
- Single-pane-of-glass visibility for IT, to maintain compliance (PCI, SOX, GDPR, ISO)
- Accelerated transfers of large files between remote employees or locations
- User friendly web-based interface and mobile application
- Optional high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR)
Automated workflows can replace some manual processes that are suffering, due to staff absence during the pandemic. For example, batch processing of any repetitive process or secure data capture, to remove paper processing.
Automated file transfer also delivers file-based system to system transfers, either inside an organisation or between trading partners. Plus integration with other applications, both on-premise or in the cloud, e.g SharePoint, Amazon & Azure.
There are many benefits to workflow automation, including:
- Reduced operational costs
- Increased productivity
- Increased reliability, by reducing human error
- Optimised performance
- Supporting a high availability infrastructure
Getting started with MFT
If you don’t have MFT, this is a great time to invest. You will quickly see a return on investment. The Managed File Transfer Buyer’s Guide is a great starting point for your research.
If you already use MFT, considering adding functionality to support the ‘new normal’ in a COVID-19 society:
- Secure email
- Secure folders
- Secure forms
- Cloud connectors
- Mobile app
- Advanced workflow automation
- Auditing and reporting
You can find more information about additional modules and functionality in the the Managed File Transfer Buyer’s Guide. Or, just pick up the phone. Pro2col experts will be happy to talk through your requirements. Call us on 0333 123 1240 or contact us online.