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Microsoft and Others Aim to Improve Data Portability

The Data Transfer Project has officially launched! Announced last year as a collaboration between Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft, the Data Transfer Project is an open-source effort to improve data portability by providing a single method to carry data from one service or app to another.

The Data Transfer Project Logo

With data becoming perhaps the most valuable resource for software developers and multiplatform development becoming a near-mandatory consideration, moving data sets to the many services that enable modern development has become a significant challenge. It’s not simply that moving data is an arduous task—and it can be a challenge in and of itself—but that maintaining the security of large data sets as they are shifted across services is fraught with peril.

The Data Transfer Project aims to solve these problems by establishing standards on both sides of data transfers. Importantly, this means that security solutions should be identical before and after moving data across services. It also means that users should find similar accessibility and usability regardless of how many times they move data; while different services may have different features and advantages, there should be no sacrifices in the basic user experience when making those choices.

The Data Transfer Project is a new initiative, but many companies have offered ways to address the management of large data sets. Syncfusion’s Data Integration Platform is our answer to the challenges of managing data. With an approachable and effective UI, integration with our Big Data and Dashboard Platforms, and enterprise-grade encryption, the Data Integration Platform represents an established solution for managing data sets.

What is your preferred approach to managing data? Is the Data Transfer Project a step in the right direction? Let us know in the comments below.

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