Have you ever transferred all your stored data from an old computer to a new computer? How careful did you have to be? How strenuous was the whole ordeal? Now, imagine transferring the data of an entire organization from one system to another. Or, consider accessing organizational data, stored in an application or platform, from a newer application or platform.
File porting is the ability to convert or move data from one format to another. An example of file porting can be using a dataset, which has been created and stored in a Mac computer, or in a PC with Windows. It can be even simpler, such as needing to move data within a suite of applications like Microsoft Office. For example, imagine you have created an Excel spreadsheet that needs to be presented in a meeting. You can port that Excel spreadsheet, along with any charts or graphs, into either a Word document or a PowerPoint presentation.