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Letting Go of Outdated Homegrown, Legacy IT Systems

According to a Harvard Business Review Analytic Services study, more than a third of surveyed IT respondents believe that “current IT systems make it difficult or time-consuming for employees to access core business data and apps without help.” They were also “too busy supporting legacy tech” to spend time improving systems for employees. 

Technology should enable business, not slow it down.  

Is Your Current System Getting in Your Way?

If your existing file transfer system is making your job harder, taking up more time to manage, and costing more money to maintain, then it is probably time for a new system. In some cases, a file transfer system is outdated and requires far more than just a software update. Often, the file transfer system is comprised of various disjointed technologies and maybe homegrown.

In today’s fast-paced environment, a disconnected or outdated environment can quickly slow business and get in the way of progress. How do you know your current system is getting in the way? Look for these signs:

  • Monitoring the progress of file transfers is nearly impossible
  • Employees go outside of IT to use free consumer-grade file sharing online
  • Spending more time tracking down problems than getting work done
  • Few members of IT can support homegrown scripts because of poor documentation and limited expertise

With homegrown, disparate, or outdated file transfer systems, organizations face a higher risk of security breaches, noncompliance, and productivity declines. Employing a platform with the ability to monitor file transfer progress supports greater efficiency. It enables an organization to identify and resolve failed file transfers and other similar issues. Additionally, it supports security and compliance requirements because it enables greater visibility and insight to abnormal activity. 

It’s Time for Something New

A Globalscape customer in the fast food franchise industry wanted to update their IT infrastructure and move towards cloud-based technologies. However, their system and processes were disparate and difficult to manage. The fast-food franchise used technologies that were older and no longer supported internally. They also relied on customized scripts to drive workflow automation. No longer willing to limit their capabilities or spend additional time maneuvering their way around different systems and processes, the franchise was ready for a change.

With Globalscape’s managed file transfer (MFT) platform Enhanced File Transfer™ (EFT™) Enterprise, the fast food franchise centralized and integrated their file transfer workflows for a seamless and user-friendly way to manage their IT infrastructure.

The transition to EFT Enterprise meant that their team could operate with more efficiency because they were spending less time managing their outdated platform. 

Read More: Use Case: International Fast Food Chain Eliminates Legacy Data Transfer Inefficiencies with EFT Enterprise

If you are ready to make life easier and more efficient, EFT Enterprise has a robust platform to help you meet all of your file transfer efficiency and security needs. Contact us today and we will show you how!  

 

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Three Key Questions to Ask When Evaluating Your Existing File Transfer System

Maybe your existing file transfer system is homegrown or outdated. Maybe you have various cloud applications, databases, and systems. Maybe you are using a high-maintenance managed file transfer (MFT) technology from a recognized software company or vendor. In between all of these “maybes,” one thing is certain: where you are now is not where you want to be.

Download our new guide and learn what you can do when your legacy or homegrown IT system stops being useful.