Today’s leading technology companies (e.g., Amazon, Airbnb, Netflix, Spotify) have each disrupted their particular industry by successfully implementing a groundbreaking digital platform that serves customers and partners with speed and scalability. Their success has provided a new pattern for IT leaders to follow. As a result, organizations are increasingly transforming their application portfolios and integration strategy by leveraging modern cloud and integration services to gain a competitive advantage.
Not surprisingly, this disruption has created immense integration challenges for companies still using legacy, on-premises managed file transfer (MFT) systems that need to connect their file exchange processes with other systems (e.g., integration platforms as a service [iPaaS] and content collaboration platforms [CCP]).
To solve the challenges of integrating legacy MFT with your network of applications, you should evaluate a cloud-based MFT platform that can easily integrate file exchange activity into your business ecosystem. To assist with your evaluation, this article explains five critical features that you will find in a “next-generation cloud MFT platform.”
5 Qualities of a Next-Generation Cloud MFT Platform
1. iPaaS-Ready Integration
iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) is “a platform for building and deploying integrations within the cloud and between the cloud and enterprise.” With iPaaS, users can develop integration flows that connect applications residing in the cloud or on-premises and then deploy them without installing or managing any hardware or middleware.
As illustrated below, file exchange started to evolve in the early 2010s as companies began to combine MFT systems with cloud services, APIs, mobile devices and integration platforms (like iPaaS).