Automation is the Gift That Keeps on Giving
This holiday season, don’t put off getting your gifts together until the last second. Rather, save time for both yourself and your organization by giving them the gift that just doesn’t quit – file transfer automation.
Don’t let the holidays sneak up on you, even if you’re not completely sold yet. Keep reading to learn about the many benefits of file transfer automation and why you should give the gift that keeps on giving.
Benefit #1: Cost Reduction
File transfer automation can cut costs in a number of ways. One of the main ways is that automation often gives employees a better way to manage cumbersome tasks and lengthy file transfers. The ability to manage these tedious and complex tasks in a quicker, automated fashion can save priceless time. This helps to save money by not bogging employees down and letting them do their jobs as intended.
Another benefit that is often overlooked is the additional potential for savings. Because automation software is a more efficient and intelligent approach to cost management and reduction, it provides a great opportunity to improve service to customers or trading partners while not overspending or overcharging.
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Benefit #2: Time Savings
Many organizations have tedious file transfer processes, complicated system setups, or transfer large files and bulk batches regularly. Luckily, with automation, these processes don’t have to be convoluted. File transfer automation allows organizations to manage their recurring or high-volume file transfers in a timely manner, with the bonus of reducing or eliminating manual data processing altogether.
Automation also includes features designed to simplify the day to day. These features will execute in the background, track their own movements, and begin and end processes based on triggers that can be identified ahead of time.
These features that help to save time are:
- Automated Scheduling: Using either a built-in scheduler or by connecting your existing scheduler software, you can choose when processes kick off – or when they need to take a pause.
- Advanced Workflows: Automating your projects and running workflows back-to-back is essential to file transfer automation. Quickly build workflows and combine both manual and automated tasks into one master workflow.
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Benefit #3: Increased Productivity + Efficiency
As an organization’s demands grow, productivity naturally becomes a bigger concern. File transfer automation helps organizations make processes more efficient and enhances productivity by:
- Ramping up the production schedule of batch file transfers
- Remotely control automated file transfers and file processing from a central server with MFT Agents
- Scheduling when files should be sent or retrieved between systems, users, trading partners, applications, and/or the cloud
- Managing recurrent file transfers, especially for high volumes
- Monitoring folders, both on-premises or in the cloud
- Sending emails and SMS alerts when triggered events occur
- Testing and debugging your automatic file transfer workflows
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Benefit #4: Higher Availability
High availability reduces the risks posed by online system outages, while automation further strengthens your organization against risks by automating your save and recovery systems. This helps ensure protection from potential data losses, down file transfer systems, or damages due to human error. Additionally, continuous monitoring with a low CPU makes it easier to spot vital network performance trends and ensure high availability for critical transfers.
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Benefit #5: More Reliability
Reliability is the cornerstone of any good IT operations department. Without it, you are bound to end up with confusion, chaos, and unhappy users. Automated operations ensure that jobs are not forgotten or run out of sequence. Prerequisite jobs are completed successfully, input data is correct, and any special processing is consistently performed. The ability to be reliable without fail is a strong benefit of automation.
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Benefit #6: Risk Reduction
Automation is also a great tool for combating the risk of user error, something that can make a major impact on organizations and not in a good way. When there is more manual interaction with the exchanging of files, there’s a much higher chance of error.
A user may forget to encrypt a file before sending it, could possibly send the wrong file to a customer, or not know when a file wasn’t successfully delivered. None of those slip ups are a great presentation of performance and it’s important to keep the risk of a slip up happening low.
With automation you can set the tasks you need to automate with ease and never have to worry about a missed step or other common human errors. Alleviating the need for human intervention can also help reduce the risk of unauthorized access and data breaches. With the proper file transfer automation solution, risk can also be reduced as the software should alert you to any errors made so they can be taken care of swiftly.
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