Managed file transfer (MFT) solutions have been around for years, but as of late we’ve noticed their growing presence in enterprise IT. The obvious question is why, but we’d like to ask instead why not? MFT provides tracking, reliability, security to file transfers while simplifying and streamlining important IT processes.


With increased efficiency and reduced costs as main outcomes of MFT adoption, its a no brainer for many companies to adopt an MFT solution. So along with our below predictions about how MFT will evolve in the coming year, we’d like to throw out one more sweeping forecast: that 2013 will be the biggest year for MFT yet.

  1. Increased Cloud Adoption:A survey found that by 2015, half of organizations plan to move 40% or more of their IT infrastructure to the private cloud (1). Cloud-based managed file transfer solutions are gaining ground right along with this move to the cloud. And, while still wary of potential security issues, more and more businesses are seeing the benefits of storing their data on the cloud.(2)
  2. Cloud Convergence: As the data gets up in the cloud, the next step is get it all working together. Increased adoption of cloud solutions by organizations will likely lead to increased demand of integration of various applications once completely separate. The move to get these tools including Managed FIle Transfer (MFT), Business Intelligence (BI) and Business Process Management (BPM), seamlessly integrated is not only logical, but also efficient.(3) Having all cloud solutions tied up into one package will become a must in 2013.
  3. New collaboration features: Adding onto basic file sharing features, expect to see more advanced capabilities like notifications for received files and automated file sharing popping up in 2013. These advanced settings help to open up a world of possibilities to users collaborating with both internal and external parties on a regular basis. While these features may not necessarily be “new”, what will be new is more and more businesses realizing their importance and enhanced productivity added to their workflows.(4)
  4. More mobile access: In 2013 we will continue to live in a mobile world where work can be done from anywhere, anytime. Recognizing the trend, many businesses have began to develop mobile apps to keep us productive on the go. Look out for more of these in 2013, including MFT specific apps, as a new report by Strategy Analytics says that more than 200 million mobile workers will be using mobile business apps by 2013.(5)
  5. Big data getting bigger: With the revolution of big data, organizations are realizing its importance and the powerful insights that be drawn from big data analytics. Today businesses are capturing and storing more and more information resulting in an increase in the number of files being stored and shared. Furthermore, growth in overall file sizes is increasing as well; 10 years ago, a large file size was considered to be 100Mb, 5 years ago it was GB, and today file sizes of 1Tb are becoming increasingly common. Now that organizations are regularly transferring more files and larger files, IT professionals must look for ways to quickly and securely share vast amounts of data. This is where accelerated and managed file transfer comes in to keep all of these large amounts of data in line. We predict that by the end of 2013, any adequate MFT solution should be able to handle approximately 1 million files.
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