When Do You Consolidate Apps?

20 05 2010

In the InformationWeek article, “The Sprawl Stops Here!,” Michael Biddick makes important points in the benefits of application consolidation. The article starts out with the statement, “Application consolidation should never go out of style.” The debate between growth and trimming maintenance and support costs seems to be an argument that will continue to polarize IT executives.  Moreover, the article states, “in terms of business justification, the case for consolidating apps is one of the easiest to make but the hardest to implement.”

Why? Most people don’t like change. Many people, may in fact, have a vested interest in an application, whether homegrown, customized or proprietary. The article states, “custom products cost more to maintain than commercial alternatives, if they exist.” To successfully consolidate application across the enterprise, all affected departments need to be on board. This often becomes challenging, especially in time of mergers & acquisitions, when tensions are high and most staff members are thinking about redundant positions or departments.  Also, preferred applications or custom-built applications will be met with much opposition due to the resources and time put into developing the app. The question becomes: “Is there business value in the app?”

Consolidation drivers are clear: reduce cost and complexity. Biddick writes, “The more complex the software and systems involved, the greater the return for consolidation.”

Applications that are interoperable can bring further consolidation. What if you were able to consolidate your file transfer along with your job scheduling processes? The result would be increased visibility enterprise-wide, better communications between departments, less complexity, and ultimately affecting the bottom line.


Migrating to a New MFT Solution: It Doesn’t Have to Be Painful!

9 04 2010

The importance and reliance upon Managed File Transfer solutions within organizations is growing at an extraordinary pace. A large number of companies are moving away from expensive incumbent file transfer solutions. Additionally, FTP/SFTP users are looking to implement a more secure and robust file transfer solution that offers them guaranteed delivery of their files.

Ultimately, that means these companies will be looking at a migration process for their new Managed File Transfer solution. The very word, “migration,” strikes fear in many an IT department.

Fortunately, with the proper analysis and evaluation of your existing file transfer infrastructure, you can avoid a time-consuming, risky or expensive migration process. Any Managed File Transfer vendor should be able to tell you up front how long the migration with take, how much it will cost and when you will see your return on investment.  For a seamless integration into your file transfer infrastructure, you need:

  • An immediate overview on all migration costs
  • An analysis of when a migration to your chosen Managed File Transfer solution will provide you with R.O.I.
  • No interruption to your running IT production
  • Very low impact on cost, time and personnel
  • Fast implementation and deployment

The analysis and evaluation of your existing file transfer environment is of critical importance during a migration. A detailed road map of the migration process should be provided to you to ensure the process covers all areas:

  • Migration
  • Services
  • Production
  • Abends
  • Maintenance

Addressing all of these issues can lead to seamless migration to your new Managed File Transfer solution, allowing to replace your existing file transfer solutions very quickly. Additionally, you should look for a Managed File Transfer vendor that offers consulting services to determine the needs for your particular file transfer environment and offers a full array of educational and technical services to ensure your future success.  The word “success” offers a happier expression!