In our travels File Transfer Consulting staff have encountered both large and small managed file transfer consolidation opportunities. The following “consolidation candidate” profiles provide examples of the type of situations we often see today, and the relative scale of addressing the challenges.
Profile of a “Small” Consolidation Candidate
An IT department now has a dozen FTP servers, a half-implemented person-to-person file send technology and a fairly new managed file transfer deployment. They want to consolidate all these functions into the MFT deployment.
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File Transfer Consulting consolidation services would be used here to develop a two- or three-phase project plan to migrate and merge functions, userbases, folders and file stores across all servers during the next 3 to 12 months. Phase affinity would be determined by type of server, type of business or identity of user/partner group involved, depending on the specific needs of the business. An MFT Audit would be encouraged before, after or in parallel with this effort to compare the limits of the consolidated system with near- and longer-term needs of the business.
Profile of a “Large” Consolidation Candidate
The transmissions department of a Fortune 500 company is charged with performing all bulk data transfers for the company. Through acquisition and roll-up of major company initiatives, the transmissions department is now directly responsible for a dozen Sterling Commerce Connect:Directs, a Sterling Commerce Connect:Enterprise, a MOVEit DMZ, a GlobalScape EFT server, an Accellion appliance and a Cleo VLTrader deployment. They also make use of shared Control-M and HP OpenView shared infrastructure for some file transfer control and monitoring.
This group serves 17 internal departments, 2 independently funded migration projects and performs “passthrough” file transfers for 3 external customers as well. They interact with 400 remote trading partners and 13,000 end users. Service level agreements (SLAs) around availability, transmission response time and completed bodies of work are all in effect.
File Transfer Consulting consolidation services would be used here to track usage of the managed file transfer systems by the related lines of business and conduct a thorough MFT Audit. Findings would be used to decide which systems should be kept, which should be removed and (occasionally) what technology should be obtained to fill gaps. We would work with transmission staff to create a desired future state, a greater-than-one-year migration schedule to accomplish that goal and then dig into each phase of the migration with a specific project plan, including objectives, resources, and guaranteed timelines.