Users are the foundation of every company and supply chain's networks. They're the people who create, share and contribute to critical documents and data, and the ones who set and follow - or eschew - corporate policies concerning access, communication and technology usage. People can also be a problem. Human error continues to be the leading source of data privacy issues, Dynamic Business reported. And as the consumerization of IT continues, it becomes more imperative to mitigate the potential threats to compliance and management that are posed by rogue application use and deviations from file transfer protocols.
For organizations struggling with people management, it makes sense to explore person-centric file transfer solutions like IBM Quickfile. IBM Quickfile is a managed file transfer solution aimed at controlling the human element that often complicates file transfers.
Here are three advantages of investing in a person-centric file transfer solution:
- Minimizes burden on resources: The days of sending neat, one-page PDFs are long gone. Today's corporate and supply chain users need to be able to exchange massive files, including video, computer aided design and other multimedia, quickly and reliably across far-flung networks. Email services and software can place limits on file size well below what a company needs, while software and bandwidth may have to be reconfigured to enable the transfer of a large file. A person-centric file transfer solution eliminates these problems, allowing files to be sent quickly and without requiring additional IT resources.
- Mitigates the effects of silos: File transfers occurring between business partners - and often within a single company - are subject to silos. These divisions need to be reduced and better managed if organizations want to ensure peak security and efficiency of their data management, according to CBROnline. A person-centric file transfer solution allows organizations to exert more granular control over the movement of critical files. Tracking and control features offer more visibility of files in transit without compromising the user's ability to share them.
- Reduces unplanned costs: Poor person-to-person file transfer solutions can quickly lead to transfer failures that scuttle productivity or vulnerabilities that can compromise data integrity. Dealing with these issues can slow supply chains, as well as force organizations to spend on cleaning up data leaks. A person-centric file transfer solution like IBM Quickfile offers enterprise-grade protection of data exchanged in many different file formats and through a slew of platforms, with encryption, user authentication and other data loss prevention features that safeguard critical information.
In the era of consumerized IT, it makes sense for many companies to target users as the foundation of their file transfer solution architecture.
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