Getting Control over Multiple File Transfer Solutions

File Orchestration vs. Managed File Transfer

Ok, so you’ve figured out managed file transfer. You bought an out-of-the-box solution and – voila! – you’re up and running.

It’s now ‘later’, maybe a few months or even years later. You come to realize that not only did you figure out managed file transfer, but other teams within your enterprise did also. And sigh they deployed different solutions. Some enterprises run over 20 individual solutions. It’s not uncommon for even small enterprises to run two, three, or four different file transfer solutions with their own monitoring apps, unique scripting, and configuration setups. Some may even be homegrown, with the configuration and documentation locked away in the desk drawer or head of some developer.

So what’s the bottom line? Beyond the obvious confusion and chaos you see redundant processes, significant manual interventions, and uncontrolled expenses. It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to move from managed file transfer to file orchestration.

Seven things you should know about file orchestration

  • Managed file transfer is not file orchestration. File orchestration wraps managed file transfer (in some cases entire managed file transfer solutions) with workflow, error handling, automated decisions, and monitoring.
  • File orchestration consistently deals with files regardless of protocol or file type. Consistency is the mark of efficiency.
  • File orchestration deals with dependencies across multiple channels of communication. This not only includes file transfers but also web services, database interactions, mail, and messaging.
  • File orchestration requires scheduling. And it’s usually not simple scheduling. Often complex dependencies and control flows have to be developed to get things running smoothly.
  • File orchestration requires active monitoring of file movement and processing. Knowing where things are and keeping them in line is key.
  • File orchestration supports automated responses to exceptional events. What are you going to do when a file you expect to arrive is late or does not arrive at all?
  • File orchestration demands actionable information to facilitate quick response to exceptional events.

File orchestration goes beyond simply moving files. File orchestrations demands integrated monitoring, scheduling, complex dependency management, file transfer, error handling, and distributed processing. In addition, support for multiple delivery channels is required. It’s not only files that are being orchestrated, but events being coordinated. Beyond file transfer protocols, consider that file orchestration may involve web services, database queries, incoming and outgoing mail, as well as logging and audit trails.

Move forward from your current state of siloed file transfers into the integration and control provided by a file orchestration solution.