Considering a MFT Solution? Make Sure You Have an Actionable Plan

16 04 2010

Choosing a robust file transfer solution to be implemented enterprise-wide isn’t a decision that’s made in a vacuum. The following steps can help you find the solution most suited for your organization:

  1. Name an executive sponsor: The executive sponsor is responsible for getting early buy-in from executive management before the project moves forward. Additionally, the sponsor must ensure organizational alignment and define enterprise-wide standards.
  2. Analyze your file transfer use and business context: For a Managed File Transfer solution to be successful, you must analyze and categorize your data transfer needs as well as the solutions you currently use and their capabilities. Do you need internal, external, B2B, ad hoc Managed File Transfer and application integration?
  3. Define security and compliance requirements: One of the most important benefits of  a MFT solution includes the ability to meet security, compliance and audit requirements. With regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA), you are under more pressure to meet strict mandates on your file transfer processes.
  4. Evaluate MFT vendors: When you begin your evaluation of MFT vendors, make sure to have a checklist of criteria for review. Does the vendor have to ability to integrate data center processes, application workflows and business workflows? Platform support is also an important topic as you will need to consider new technologies you may introduce in the future.
  5. Set enterprise-wide standards: Define standards and make this information available to as wide an audience as possible, encompassing application architects, application development groups, business liaisons and anyone involved in the data transfer process.
  6. Define organizational and operational responsibility for data transfers: The sponsor should be able to define and, if needed, realign organizational and operational responsibility for data transfers and appoint a project lead for the MFT implementation.

When deciding whether to implement an MFT solution, different interests from different departments within the organization may come into play. It’s beneficial to address these different perspectives before selecting a vendor. By following the suggested steps, you will ensure a successful implementation with your chosen MFT solution.


FTP is no fun – Not easy to manage, no security and just too hard to implement

9 12 2009

Securing FTP from the OS is not easy due to platform differences and managing the production activity can be impossible. Many IT organizations continue to implement more and more rogue servers to just send 1 file and there has to be a better way!