I recently returned from the 2016 M-Files Partner Conference in Miami Beach Florida and was able to spend two full days with M-Files staff, Vendors, and other Partners and Resellers. The biggest and most exciting news came on day one with the keynote presentation and the look ahead to the M-Files version being released in spring of 2017. They’ve been investing heavily in research and development this year and were eager to share two related developments that represent a sea change in enterprise content management (ECM).
M-Files 2017 will feature two huge advancements: the Intelligent Metadata Layer (IML) and the resulting repository agnostic architecture. Intelligent Metadata is considered the middle area between the user interface and the actual data itself. Being repository agnostic means that users can search for data across multiple databases at the same time, essentially creating an enterprise search. So what does this mean for you?
There’s no need to migrate data into your new content management system when it can already find it. Data migration is time-consuming, costly, and nerve-wracking. But with the new IML, you can find files in other management systems (like Salesforce or Office365) by using M-Files without a migration. More importantly, the new IML won’t disrupt your workflow or process in more regulated systems (like Documentum) as the metadata added by the IML doesn’t interfere with the other systems’ functions.
For the first time in the ECM world, switching between software to find something will be a thing of the past. M-Files 2017 will allow the user to search for information in the already powerful search bar and it will not only return results from the items saved in M-Files, but those also located in your accounting package, your SharePoint implementation, the shared drive everyone currently uses, and even your Dropbox account.
Users can now search within other databases and move documents and other information as needed. Basically, using M-Files will decrease the need for the other software over time, not all at once, easing the implementation and adoption process.
I am very excited about the advancements and developments M-Files has made over the past year and am looking forward to rolling out the changes to iCOR in the coming year.Share