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The One Thing You Must Do to Secure Operational Efficiency

If there’s anything within an organization that has the power to stifle or enhance business potential, it’s operational efficiency. If you have it, there’s an immense amount of power to propel your business. If you don’t, it can be very hard to catch up or keep up with the competition. Companies that face challenges with operational efficiency often have legacy or outdated IT infrastructures, where they lack a centralized management platform or their workflows are disparate and unreliable.

The Money Pit that is the Legacy IT Infrastructure

Inefficiencies can sometimes be linked to legacy infrastructure. Legacy IT infrastructures are often unreliable, inefficient, or insecure. In some cases, they are homegrown software that was cobbled together with custom scripts. In other cases, the legacy IT infrastructure is an outdated platform that no longer fits the current data flow or security needs. The common thread in each case, the legacy solution couldn’t evolve to meet the data flow and IT infrastructure needs of the business. Ultimately, the legacy IT infrastructure became a resource drain.

In many cases, they require significant man hours in order to manage or fix workflow deficiencies or security vulnerabilities. What’s more, legacy IT infrastructures require costly system upgrades and can also lead to difficulties with partner connections.

You know your legacy IT infrastructure is causing vulnerabilities if:

  • Custom or homegrown software, scripts, or methods in place that require very specialized expertise to manage.
  • Different versions of the same software installed on different systems, hindering integration and communication.
  • Security rules are different across systems (e.g., one system permits SFTP and the others might only permit FTP or HTTPS)
  • A high-maintenance system that requires a full-time IT employee devoted to managing it at all times.

Each of the above are indicative of a system that is cost prohibitive, insecure, and inefficient. Managed file transfer (MFT) platforms were designed to alleviate these types of efficiency and security challenges.

Drive Efficiency with an MFT Platform

One way to ensure that your business can avoid irrelevance is by replacing your legacy IT infrastructure with a MFT platform. With an MFT platform, you can operate with greater agility and have better control over the direction and trajectory of your business.

When you replace a legacy IT infrastructure with a MFT platform you can:

  • Centralize management in one system, saving your business time and money
  • Replace all proprietary coded and scripted systems, and automate your data workflows without custom programming
  • Protect data in transit and at rest within your partner community
  • Securely exchange data with your whole partner community from day one without any client deployment
  • See a significant Return on Investment (ROI) in both time and money
  • Future-proof IT with a solution that continues to grow as your business grows

Is your high-maintenance IT Infrastructure wearing you down? If your business is using the wrong system, you could very well be wasting valuable time and money. To learn more, download “The Thrill is Gone: 4 Signs it’s Time to Switch Your MFT Platform.