In a white paper drafted by Osterman Research, the features and functionality of managed file transfers in a cloud-based environment were analyzed to help users identify what is most important to consider when selecting a solution. Companies of all sizes and industries are benefiting from managed file transfer solutions in the modern marketplace, as the technology aids in governing and automating data exchange between two entities. There are many types of managed file exchange options to choose from, including person-to-person, system-to-system and system-to-person. Each of these types must be protected against external threats or data loss, and should work seamlessly with existing infrastructure to offer a high return on investment.
There has been a significant amount of buzz regarding cloud-based b2b integration in recent months, particularly in light of reports that identified confusion regarding the technology's capabilities. Part of the difficulty in achieving success in the cloud is moving away from the perception that the platform is a one-size-fits-all solution when the reality is that there are many different types of services and even varied delivery models. In other words, organizations considering a cloud-based approach to any problem should first formulate an IT strategy that addresses risks, opportunities and potential adoption barriers.
Making assumptions about the future can be risky for a business, but at least considering which trends and technologies will add value down the road has become a necessity. Where as an incorrect assumption can result in wasted investment, early adopters can work out the kinks of implementation faster and benefit from more mature strategies than those that deploy solutions later.
Companies of all sizes have started to at least consider the cloud as a way to improve IT operations. Some organizations started with cloud-based email to see whether the technology could be trusted and others now entrust providers with more complicated activities like B2B integration. The cloud has become so commonplace that even long-standing adoption barriers like security are on the decline. It's easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm, but business and IT leaders should have a clear set of expectations before diving headfirst into cloud computing services.
Last month some good news emerged for the cloud-based B2B integration market, with an expected 31 percent yearly growth through 2018. However, that healthy increase may have many technology vendors jumping on the bandwagon in an attempt to take advantage of increased demand. In fact, a more recent report from Ovum expanded on the challenges associated with leveraging this technology.
IT security headlines are often filled with news about the latest catastrophic data breach or malicious privacy violation. That heightened sensitivity to the potential risks of an IT security incident has had a significant impact on cloud technology, as many company leaders decide to keep their assets closer to home rather than entrust data to the virtual cloud. There is still a little trepidation over how well cloud vendors can protect enterprise information and maintain privacy, but there has also been some good news on the IT security front: a large majority of companies that have adopted the cloud are satisfied with the level of security they've achieved.
Cloud technology presents a compelling value for expanding businesses due to the platform's scalability and flexibility. This is one of the reasons it's not particularly surprising that interest in cloud-based integration solutions is growing. Ovum researchers predicted this market would grow 31 percent annually from 2012 to 2018, reaching a total value of $3.7 billion. But what does that mean for companies adopting these solutions?
Over the last two years, proponents of big data have expounded on its benefits and the opportunities it presents to improve operations. A key component of this increased access and analysis of information is cloud computing. But business leaders must understand that large volumes of data being collected and reported on, as well as web-based servers, offer more than just up-to-date statistics and greater accessibility.
Data streams that are properly analyzed and shared with clients, partners and peers can be applied throughout an enterprise, making a difference in decision making and enhancing the flexibility needed to adapt to changing market conditions.