As always, the end of December and early January saw a huge number of technology industry professionals offer their predictions for the new year. This is not only understandable, but it is also useful. After all, many business owners, executives and managers will use the new year as an opportunity to reevaluate their current IT capabilities and devise plans for the coming months.
Among the most oft-repeated projections that these experts have offered for 2014 is the growing size and scope of companies' data resources. The amount of information produced around the world is growing exponentially, and firms in every industry are eagerly developing strategies to take advantage of these potential assets.
Frequently, these efforts focus on big-picture issues, such as the need for high-end data analytics and business intelligence (BI) tools. However, it is critical for business leaders to ensure that their organizations are ready and able to handle the challenges presented by such an onslaught of large volumes of data. Among the keys for success in this area will be the deployment of scalable secure file transfer solutions.
There are several reasons why big data volumes are growing at such rapid rates. More people than ever before now use the Internet, social media and mobile devices, and all of these sources produce data. When combined with analytics solutions, such data can yield invaluable insight for companies in every sector.
As more firms embrace the solutions capable of delivering usable data, the pressure mounts for industry rivals to follow suit. Failure to do so will make it difficult to optimize decision-making and remain competitive.
Furthermore, there is a growing trend among businesses to embrace self-service functionality. Rather than relying on the IT department and other siloed groups to perform analytics and other data-based processes, organizations are now striving to put these tools in the hands of the end-users, such as account managers, customer support representatives, salespeople and more. This can improve both efficiency and effectiveness for individuals and the company as a whole.
Data accessibility essential
For self-service analytics and other data-based efforts to prove successful, though, businesses need to ensure that employees have the means of sending and receiving vast amounts of data on a regular basis and instantly.
Furthermore, the information must remain protected at all times. Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting businesses for their big data reserves, as they realize that this raw information can potentially be used for blackmail, espionage or fraud. And oftentimes this data is less thoroughly protected than structured sensitive data.
This poses a major challenge for many businesses in 2014. In order to keep pace with their industries and remain competitive, they must ramp up their efforts to generate, collect and leverage more data than ever before, all while ensuring that this information can be transmitted safely and rapidly.
Legacy data transfer solutions will oftentimes not be up to this task. Older strategies simply were not designed with big data volumes in mind, and consequently will fail to meet companies' needs in this area.
That is why it is so important for organizations to embrace secure file transfer solutions that have the ability to scale up to meet new data challenges. High-end solutions should be able to provide top-notch performance regardless of the size of the data in question or the frequency of the transfers.
By upgrading to such solutions, businesses can take a crucial step toward achieving success in 2014.