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November 13, 2020
Jeffrey Kennard | TrustRadius Reviewer
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After a long and exhaustive search, our law firm decided to purchase and use M-Files to manage our case files back in 2017. It was a long three years. Although M-Files is a capable document management system that presumably works well for some industries, it did not work well for our firm. We wound up deciding to eat our investment and abandon the product this month. We did so for several reasons, but the deal-breakers were
  1. the inability to easily and intuitively store large batches of documents, such as multiple document production sets, in the system
  2. the total lack of support from M-Files.
  • Good integration with Microsoft Office applications
  • It is relatively fast
  • Metadata structure can be adapted to fit each company's unique environment
  • Customer support
  • Customer support
  • Customer support
In my opinion, M-Files is not well suited for law firms that want to use it to manage case files (as opposed to managing individual documents).
No. M-Files was unsuitable for our environment and was unable to fulfill its intended purpose.
This is a difficult question to answer because there was no customer support. We were left hanging in the wind.
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June 09, 2020
Penny Arnold | TrustRadius Reviewer
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M-Files holds the policies and forms for our hospital system. It is used by all associates/manager's/physicians within Catholic Health. Our M-Files account was created and designed for the needs of our hospital system. It is a very reliable system with easy access for our users. The search capability is extremely fast and reliable. When an associate needs immediate access to a policy or form, it is readily available. This is critical since we have surgery consents on this system as well as many other policies and forms and our five hospitals rely on these documents to function.

From an administrator's view, this system was created by working with M-Files so we have everything that is required, such as the documented date and time stamps for pathologists approvals on our policies, easy access to all versions of each policy, more than one version of a policy visible at a time for training purposes, and excellent customer service.

  • Reliable: Our M-Files system has only gone down one time (for a very short period of time) at the beginning of the two years that we have been with M-Files. Our previous vendor's system had so many downtimes that our IT Department had to assign an associate to work with me for sending out notifications to associates etc. With our last vendor, one day I came to work and only 60 of the 260 consent for surgery forms were available to our end users although they were visible to me as the Administrator but weren't showing up for the end-users!
  • Our M-Files system was created for us. It was created by working with developers to only have on our system what we required, and I must say, there were so many extra features that M-Files offered in our program that weren't available with our previous vendor. As mentioned previously, we can have two policies or forms visible to the end-user so one can be listed as "draft" or "training only" so our end users can read and use for training as we get ready to roll out a new medical record system. I can also preload policies and leave them in the working stage until they are approved and go back and publish them the day they are approved. The list goes on with so many great features.
  • Our end users would say the greatest asset of this product is the search function. It's amazing how fast it is. There are many ways to search out a form or policy which makes it a true asset for our associates.
  • When our account was first live, shortly after that we had our one and only downtime. When I called for assistance, I was told that I needed to work with Strickland Solutions, who created our vault for M-Files. When I called my contacts there, they told me I needed to contact M-Files. It was frustrating and did get to the bottom of it. There are now account reps that I can work with if I need to but I would recommend (and I had already suggested) that the support team is well aware of what level of support each customer has for their account. My account rep does call to check in with me periodically, but seriously, we aren't having issues and are a very satisfied customer.
For Catholic Health, M-Files has been a huge success. We have around 27,000 documents on this system and it's an extremely easy system to use and a great resource for our end users. It's hard when you make the decision to change vendors and need to pick a new system. There are a lot of companies out there offering their services and promising you everything but when it comes down to it, not all can provide what was promised. I honestly don't think we could have picked a better system for us. We had a few glitches in the beginning because we thought we had 10,000 policies and forms, but when we went to transfer them over, we really, at that time, had 25,000 documents because we had the previous versions that were required to be retained. When creating this system, there was tremendous time spent on our special requirements, and it is well worth that time spent to make a system that is exactly what is required for your company, and I think we accomplished that. Honestly, Strickland Solutions has made enhancements to our system since it was created to increase the quality of our system. I think it's endless what can be done by the programmers. They have always been able to come up with a solution for us. As far as scenarios that are less appropriate, we only asked for a presentation based on our needs but it seems like M-Files could create a system for anything based on the amazing skill of the programmers.
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May 16, 2020
Jason von Innerebner | TrustRadius Reviewer
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M-Files is our internal document management solution. With the recent move to working from home as organizations deal with the current pandemic, we have been able to migrate paper processes to digital workflows. This has increased our productivity and reduced our dependence on legacy systems. Documents get a full history attached to them for tracking and auditing purposes which older systems never offered.
  • Infinitely versatile. We have created non-document objects that documents can relate to. These NDOs can be leveraged to find relationships between documents to present versatile views, automated permissions and workflows. No more WHERE is my document, but WHAT is my document!
  • Intelligent Metadata is a great ability to capture what you need to properly categorize your documents and the system will scan the documents to capture that data for you. Users still accept the presented data to ensure accuracy.
  • Customization of notifications is exceptionally useful when monitoring adoption of M-Files. In real time you are able to capture if a user is struggling with a process.
  • Using assignments with workflows means users are not troubled with finding what needs to be done, they simply get the assignment, carry out the work and move on.
  • Integrating with fully custom systems can be a breeze also with several ways to import content and even an API to build your own integrations. The API documentation is thorough!
  • If you are new to Electronic Document Management, this can be a really difficult product to roll out. Since it is infinitely versatile, there are infinite ways to configure it wrong. I highly recommend the M-Files admin training offered by M-Files as it will set you in the right direction.
  • Many options are paid add-ons. So while you are not paying for what you don't need, many great features will come at a cost.
  • If you don't have a technical person on staff, this will be tricky to maintain. Not impossible. If your processes do not change, once setup it will be fine.
I highly recommend it. The versatility far outweighs the challenges. As long as you have a proper business analysis in place you will be successful. Know the power of understanding that there are probably 10 ways to do each task and depending on the direction you take will enable 100 more options down the road. Build your configuration deliberately and you will meet with success. I have not seen any other EDM product approach information governance the way this system does and because of that I love it!
We have not pulled in external applications yet to unify our systems. We are leveraging this tool to be able to decommission several redundant systems in pull the data into M-Files as our source of truth. We will be integrating these other applications soon to migrate to M-Files, but not for a long term ongoing connection.
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May 15, 2020
Sarah M.C. von Innerebner | TrustRadius Reviewer
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M-Files is used in our organization as our primary document and content management application. Nearly all departments rely on it heavily for organizing documents, as well as materials related to meetings, projects, programs, and committees. The versatility of M-Files means that we've been able to continue to adapt our business needs and processes to have M-Files automate processes and security permissions. Prior to M-Files, our organization, like many others, relied on the typical shared drives and department folder approach with email attachments to share content. Now we are able to collaborate on content across teams and streamline the organization of meeting content without worry of the current version or who last edited the document. We've also standardized how content is accessed while simultaneously providing users with the ability to customize their interface so they can work according to their preferences.
  • Version control and history tracking on documents.
  • Search ability to filter content for a team, creator, or another property.
  • Permission control, limit access to documents to read or edit, or only specific workflow states.
  • Administrative control to access all content.
  • Administrative control to restore deleted content.
  • Administrative control to audit and retag content when needed.
  • Robust workflow capabilities.
  • Sharing content externally requires organizational efforts involving information governance, risk management, and IT strategies. There are options the administrators need to consider to permit external sharing. External collaboration requires other IT infrastructure solutions to incorporate M-Files. External facing content can be done, but not easily done without first planning workflows and permission configurations.
  • Configurations are determined by the customer primarily. The creation of properties and classes are at the discretion of the customer administrator. An organization needs to understand information governance and enlist collaboration with M-Files, IT, Records Management, Risk Management, and Legal. This is not so much a downfall of M-Files, but it is a consideration that embarking in the adoption of an ECM is a significant investment for an organization, both financially and human resources management, but the benefits with best practice configuration will ensure success.
  • There are features that are advertised, but further investigation is available with an additional purchase of an add-on. Unfortunately, not entirely unusual in this business
M-Files centralizes documents to present in a filterable view based on metadata, this creates confidence that users are seeing the content that they need for what they have permission to access. There is a learning curve for users if they have not yet encountered an ECM in their career, to learn a new approach to document management and learning to share their content beyond themselves so their team has access or their successors have access. Content is no longer a silo to just a user's purview but can unite efforts for a team working together toward a common goal. These efforts can be automated in workflows to ensure steps are not missed and content is not seen by those not permitted for access. The administrator needs to be creative to listen to the business needs and configure the simplest solution for users, no easy task. This could mean coding the IML to detect terms and suggest the appropriate property or leveraging an automatic object or workflow to feed another filtered property, or adding a property, to automatically restrict access to a related document.
Our organization has not opted to build a connector to other repositories like SharePoint, but we appreciate the option. Instead, one of the unifying experiences we've enjoyed is the common views we have set for the organization on the M-Files home page. While the experience might be likened to the previous network drive structure and navigation, it's a dynamic experience to automatically filter in new content without worrying if the new content is there as it's not where it is, but what it is. There is also the ability, if configured correctly, that can filter content or non-document objects based on their state. For example) our organization operates many committees over the years, our Committee property filters on active committees. This is a feature that enables all teams to see relevant information and creates a unified experience rather than the former disjointed one. It's truly rewarding to see document relationships, such as to a Committee, and have the visibility of who supports the committee, what that committee is about, and if it's active or not, all at a glance of a metadata card. Our legacy system did not offer any such ability.
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June 02, 2020
Arto Määttä | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use M-Files across the whole company. We have an ERP system that is built on M-Files, so we use it widely for production, quality, and purchasing. Basically all documentation is stored and handled in M-Files. We also use its workflows to manage production flows, purchase orders, agreements etc.
  • Document versioning is very easy and you can easily come back to earlier version
  • You can define, which metadata is needed to each document type. This makes saving with correct metadata easier.
  • Document sharing is easy and you can select, if you want to share a certain version or the newest one.
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I think practically everyone can benefit from M-Files. It is especially suitable for those companies that have multiple locations. With M-Files it is easy to share documents and make sure that everyone has the most updated one. If you want to keep things simple, you can replace old folder-based file system with M-files. However, if you want more complex system, that is easy to build.
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May 19, 2020
Chad DeMeyers | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We recently implemented M-Files... we have been using it for about 6 months. We started in one department, customer service. That went well and we are expanding M-Files into accounting, procurement and logistics. I expect further growth. M-Files has helped improve document retention and retrieval, customer response times and team collaboration.
  • Searching - M-Files can search both the tagged metadata and document content.
  • Integration with ChronoScan (auto-indexing software) - many of our files are sent to M-Files directly from our ERP and tagged with metadata with no human intervention.
  • Stability - We use the M-Files hosted solutions (our vault is in the M-Files cloud), uptime has not been an issue.
  • Previews during the 'create' process do not always work. I cannot preview .msg files until I save those files. Others have this problem too... and others do not.
  • It would be nice to have some simple "functions"... maybe in the compliance kit. What I am thinking would be similar to Excel functions allowing me to modify text strings. Sticking with the Excel example, =LEFT, =RIGHT, =MID, etc... maybe that functionality is there - I have only been using M-Files for a short period of time.
I have yet to find a scenario where M-Files would not be well suited.
We are just now starting to explore those options. We are especially looking at integrating it with SharePoint and MS CRM.
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May 22, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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M-Files is used across the organization for document management.
  • Workflow
  • Version history
  • Permissions: a "search" bar would be incredibly helpful for adding users on the permissions tab in the client and admin tool
  • Search: sorts by document score and not document name, which is what most folks search on
The M-Files workflow feature is fantastic, and a lot of our departments use this feature to review/approve various documents.

The metadata feature is a concept that is lost on a lot of people, so there is a big learning curve when new folks start using it.
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May 19, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use M-Files as a global document and workflow management system.
  • Document version history
  • Global sharing of documents
  • Structured storing and fast finding of relevant information and documents
  • GUI is a bit over complicated these days
  • After updates to software, I need to select my offline views again
  • No search in offline mode
M-Files is pretty much the only way to enable structured management of business process documents on a global scale.
We use document links in Confluence and in emails, instead of attachments.
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May 13, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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M-Files is used in the whole company as the main document handling system. With meta data all contracts are classified and saved.
  • Metadata classification helps to find the correct document or all equivalent items.
  • Version method of one document helps to get rid of different documents that are hard to recognise ("final. FINAL").
  • Documents can be defined by different Permissions and confidentiality level. Well appreciated feature by our customers.
  • Interface (API) from our CRM system produces the metadata structure to M-Files.
  • Scanning settings from multiprinter directly to M-Files should exist by default.
  • The number of documents grow hard to manage. I have not found assisting feature to pack or separate historical data.
For filing of individual documents and document classes M-Files is unbeatable.
If there is need to save folders or files with numerous different types of documents the saving is tedious and time consuming.
The integration between our CRM has been most beneficial to us over the whole period of time we have used M-Files.
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March 18, 2020
Jukka Kuisma | TrustRadius Reviewer
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M-Files is used for:
  • Metadata management in sales, project deliveries, and services.
  • Document management.
  • Service task management.
  • Combines document and metadata management well in one package.
  • Flexible and easy to configure.
  • Good support for the use over Internet, no VPN connection needed.
  • Good data replication tools over data vaults.
  • Opening of a metadata card is a bit too slow on average.
  • Offline use features are too limited.
  • Mobile phone client user interface needs improvement.
  • There are still many things to improve in the everyday use in M-Files client.
M-Files is suitable for many kinds of document management purposes and can also support processes in workflows and metadata management as a part of other IT tools.

I would not use M-Files for "heavy-duty" process data management (e.g. ERP).
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March 17, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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M-Files is used in many cases in our whole organization. Just few situations is shown below:
  • Document management of the company
  • Substation assets management
  • Management system (ISO 9001)
  • Visualization of the processes by the Process Maps add-in
  • It is easy to use (good user experience).
  • Possibilities to develop features, which creates an effective performance for the whole organization.
  • Good possibilities to integrate into the other systems.
  • In a views could have more advanced filtering capabilities. (Users could filter directly from columns).
Well suited:
  • Project management
  • Asset management
  • Document management in general
Working with M-Files and Teams add-in is really effective! The other ones are not yet used.
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December 30, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Today M-Files is being used worldwide inside my company to handle files and another similar kind of documents, like control revision, file storage, and workflow for approvals. It is a very important application for Engineering areas, because this area needs to be conforming to many legal compliances.
  • Great workflow.
  • Works with metadata, which makes files easy to be found.
  • It has excellent versioning control.
  • It has integration with other applications, like Office 365.
  • It could have more CAD integrations.
  • Has the possibility to have online revision, inside the application.
  • It could have a better documentation transmitter section.
It is best to be used in document management, like quality and internal documents, such as legal and IT purposes. It has several features that help the user to find documents, and the main one is metadata. It is also a good tool to be integrated with your current ERP, because metadata can be used to easily find documents. It is less appropriate to be used fully by an Engineering area, due to missing functions related to file transmitters and other minor issues.
It has been beneficial because it is a goal for our company to have this cross-platform information flow. Today is very productive to have the information among the systems, but not having a manual entry point for each document/file. Today we use the default connectors to share this information, and it solves the aim that it proposes to solve.
Usually when I need help from them I got support and it was very good and focused to solve my problem. I didn't have so many problems, but when used it worked. I just would like to have a support in my native language, but I can understand that sometimes is hard for the companies.
The usage as a metadata instead of document it is a suprtb feature, as we don't need to worry about folder and files, but with the data itself. It is integrated to Windows and to some applications, like MS Office. After the workflow is set, it is easier to follow the step the document is at, so it became transparent to the users.
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March 18, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Our company currently has three different M-Files vaults. One of which is designed for the whole organization but the two others are for a specific department in our company. I'm currently in charge of one of our vaults which address the management and update of our supplier's documents and approval processes.
  • Document updating, workflows, and reminders.
  • Document metadata and detailed information.
  • Views for specific needs based on extensive metadata.
  • Possibilities to tailor M-Files according to user's own needs.
  • Search.
  • Visuality.
  • Self-direction.
M-Files is well suited for document management and updating. It has good and extensive workflows and reminders. However, it is not visual on easy to learn (self-direction) and therefore users need extensive training even for simple tasks. Best systems are those that you can learn just by opening them and having a look. M-Files is not one of those systems. If you don't possess a certain type of engineer's logic it is super hard to learn to use and navigate through the system.
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June 29, 2019
Yrjö Tolvanen | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We have implemented M-Files as a service management system for service business and quotation management system for capex projects. This solution covers service agreements, service work management and reporting of service activities for customers and invoicing. Customers' install base of service agreement lines is included. All capex quotations are included with classification information. Already decided further development includes project document management and customer document distribution.

  • Defining and implementing data requirements with business people is very flexible
  • Defining and implementing business workflows is very flexible
  • Document management is efficient
  • Creating simple views in M-Files is easy but with increasing data complexity also creation of views becomes complex.
  • M-Files has competent people but their support processes can be enhanced.
  • User interface could be more user friendly.
Any data management application where data content, workflows and integrations are needed, combined with document management are well suited for M-Files. Examples like service request & delivery management with technical documentation, sales activities management with quotations & contracts, marketing material and customer presentation material management, project status reporting with project documentation management. M-Files is not suited for heavy transaction requirements or reporting needing lots of calculation.
We are implementing project document management which currently is in shared folders. We are sure that finding latest version, knowing what has been delivered to customer, knowing what has changed from one version to the next one will improve.
All our support request have been resolved. Support is provided by M-Files and their partner company. With one difficult case M-Files provided contact to CDO of M-Files.
UI is very simple and quite easy to learn. However, it lacks tabs which several other modern UIs provide.
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October 16, 2019
Özgür Erkek, MSc, PRINCE2® | TrustRadius Reviewer
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M-Files is currently being used by all the Product Development organization following the closure of local hard disk drives. We use it for two main purposes: 1) Storage for the critical files and documents 2) File sharing for the company's internal and external communication. It brings safety and target to prevent loss of information. It now comes default with our laptops/computers and is being used as a default application. A mobile version is also available for usage. It is also integrated for daily office tools like Outlook etc.
  • Ease of use. It does not require (or requires limited) user training. You can easily get used to the interface.
  • File organization - but once file systematic (or the views) is being copied by the users.
  • Compatibility - add-Ins with other MS Office products.
  • Mobile platform integration.
  • Folder views have to be created by each user. Otherwise you're not able to view the created folders by the other users by default.
  • While saving files, it has to be done by using keywords - otherwise later on document cannot be easily found.
M-files is being more required especially due to security purposes. I think more companies (especially big organizations) will require M-Files or similar programs in the future. Although user interface is easy to get used to, file management and view logic is quite different to MS Windows; which at this point creates a confusion for the users. It is a bit hard to get used to with file management/view logic. I think users lose much time to do correct/enough categorization in order to upload the documents.
All the sharepoints and local hard drives have been closed or advised not to be used since we started to use M-Files. Therefore all the file sharing and document storage is now being done via M-Files. However it could not be fully adopted yet as it requires heavy user experience and usage.
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June 25, 2019
Anssi Mäkelä | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use M-files across the whole organization. We manage literally everything with it—quotes, purchases, orders, workflow, tasks, etc. We have also tailored it to work as a laboratory information management system in our laboratory, where we manage the samples, analysis data, and quality control.
  • Document management
  • Workflows
  • Easy access and intuitive to use
  • More features without coding (for example more options for automatic naming of documents, more functions when changing workflow state, etc.).
  • Customizable front page (work example: different kind of page depending the user's task or department).
  • Editing notification settings by admin (not only by user).
M-files is well suited for its core tasks like document and information management, automating workflows, keeping track of tasks, sharing materials easily and securely, etc. but I would also recommend to customize M-files to fit for any specific needs. M-files is very versatile and you can integrate it with other software.
Our organization hasn't yet used these features but they sound useful.
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July 12, 2019
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M-Files is being using by the whole organization to store, retrieve, revise and approve documentation. The system uses metadata properties allowing users to search and view documents quickly and easily, eliminating chaotic network folders; users are no longer required to remember where a file or folder is stored. Workflow capabilities allow users to route documents for review and sign-off, keeping content in one system vs. multiple databases. Creating assignments in M-Files provides traceability for routing and reviewing of documents, eliminating email attachments and uncontrolled paper files. Permission settings within the system allows only authorized persons to access certain files. The Check In/Check Out system creates automated version control and leaves a history trail, leaving a structured audit trail.
  • Metadata drive - searches through metadata and throughout the document itself to retrieve what the user is looking for. Finds documents fast and easily using the search bar. Additional filters can be added if needed to filter further.
  • Advanced automated workflows. Assignments are automatically generated once a workflow state is reached and emails notifications are sent to assignees. Automation ensures smooth transitions and eliminates manual triggers.
  • Traceability and version control. M-Files tracks each change to the document itself and to the metadata. This is important for audits and having the version history at your fingertips.
  • Extremely customizable. Users can create their own views for themselves or common views for the whole company to view a group of documents. These options can be customized based on the metadata properties. Administrators can create the properties and structure in the Admin tool.
  • Notifications could be improved. Once an assignment has met the deadline date, it will no longer notify the assignee of an overdue assignment every day after the deadline. The assignee will only see the overdue assignment by opening up M-Files and seeing it on their home screen or referring to the email last received.
  • Once an action has been taken within the system, the page needs to be refreshed frequently. Improvements could be made to reduce the refreshing required to see the changes that were made.
  • M-Files acts like a library - in order to edit a document it must be checked out by a user. Once changes are made the document should automatically check itself in by default. When exiting out of a document, sometimes it does not automatically check in and requires manual check in. Consistency of automatic actions could be improved.
  • The M-Files Admin customization and workflows could be explained or assisted more at initial setup. Since the system is out of the box, trying to setup the system to cater to the company's needs can be time consuming and a confusing process. It took a lot of trial and error to get the metadata properties and values setup properly. It something that we still struggle with at times since M-Files support doesn't know how our company operates and how we want to use the system.
M-Files is well suited for a manufacturing company or business looking for an established content management structure. It's a solution for version control, automated workflows, permission settings, quick searchable database and automated retention. Any company seeking ISO certifications or working towards standards should consider this system for managing their content. M-Files could be less appropriate for a company not wanting to customize the product, as it will take time to structure and implement to the company.
M-Files is installed as its own drive on your computer, making it easy to save a document from your hard drive to the system. You can simply click on File>Save As and save your document directly to M-Files. Users can also migrate documents into M-Files by clicking on the chosen document within the file explorer and dragging it onto any open space on the M-Files homepage - a dialog box will then appear asking for the user to fill in the required metadata properties.
It is a powerful system that can locate content fast and effectively. The system takes quite some time to setup initially. It can be hard for M-Files support to know how businesses operate and how they want to use the system in a way that works for them. The customization makes it great for companies to cater to their own needs. Once the system is set up in a way that makes sense for the business, the user experience is positive. There is room for improvement in the notifications, workflow, and support areas.
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August 09, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We implemented M-Files for various customers after looking for a more cost-effective ECM platform than OnBase or Perceptive for some of our leaner customers. M-Files was relatively new to us but after evaluating the software and the direction it was headed we decided to implement it and it had the functionality we were looking for at a fraction of the cost of the competitors. As an ECM platform, it helped reduce the number of shared folders, spreadsheets, inconsistent Sharepoint usage, and other things that often come from a company trying to collaborate and share information while making it easy to recall and find that information in the future.
  • Very easy to recall, identify, and locate related information.
  • The interface is modern and slick, making the learning curve much lower for new users.
  • Installation and support are top-notch and administrating the platform will be familiar to regular system administrators.
  • The workflow engine, while powerful, does not contain many advanced features but they are in the roadmap.
  • This is nothing against M-Files, but it is a relatively new ECM platform so adoption and user community is not where more mature platforms are.
  • The interface is nice looking and easy to use but could use a bit more polish so it does not feel like too "new" of a product.
M-Files would be a perfect ECM platform for a company looking for a reasonably priced, easy to deploy product. Companies looking at Alfresco or SharePoint would definitely benefit from looking at M-Files as well.
We have not undertaken any integration with other platforms and instead use it as a sole location for electronic data for companies.
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June 20, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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M-files is used across the whole organization and it is used for all business related documents. Also, it is used for reporting returns and claims.
  • Integration: Reads data from other systems.
  • Easy to force data to be organized.
  • If the built in functionality isn't enough, you can easily script additional functionality into M-Files.
  • Performance. Feels slow.
  • Metadata integration is limited. Only database connections with a single SQL query. No JSON/XML/etc. Database connections only pull mode. No possibility to push data into M-Files and constantly pulling large data sets from the database is slow.
  • OCR module broken for years without a fix.
  • Logs everything to Windows event log which is not very searchable.
  • Mobile app is virtually unusable. Slow and buggy. Randomly fails to follow customized metadata cards, eg. default data ignored.
Generally, wherever document management is needed, M-Files is more or less useful.
Most of these features require M-Files Online which we don't have.
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June 25, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Employed for managing the quality management system QMS and policy & procedures in the company.
  • Save and share files
  • Workflows
  • Finding files
  • Metadata card: more options on pre-filled data.
  • Workflow designs for in-house applications (does not require a consultant).
Well suited for environments that require document storage whilst still being able to audit the document trail.
Have not looked at it yet.
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June 19, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Used across the entire organization. Eliminates paper documents, for the most part, reducing clutter and filing. Searching for and retrieving documents is now much simpler. Overall, the office function is more efficient.
  • Centralized store of purchasing documents.
  • Centralized store of quality and safety documents.
  • Sales process has been streamlined.
  • Initial set-up was rather complex, but not impossible.
  • Metadata card customization could be simplified.
  • Search function returns too few results at times.
It is very good at managing documents. It doesn't seem to interface very well with SolidWorks, which is definitely a negative.
We have not utilized this functionality.
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June 01, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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M-Files helps our company manage the paperwork involved in transporting hazardous materials, and to streamline their invoice processing procedures. As a company that regularly handles hazardous material and works with safety in mind, we’ve always had comprehensive requirements. Because M-Files is able to do so many things, we've molded a lot of our operations around it.
  • Provides quick and easy access to the right content.
  • Provides higher levels of user adoption.
  • M-Files is accessible on desktop, cloud, and mobile devices.
  • We would like to see the ability to automatically resize pictures, so they don't take up so much storage.
M-Files is very easily adaptable to any part of the business.
Having a single pane of glass to view all our documents is key.
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September 07, 2018
Rebecca Sims | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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M-Files is being used to store content that is related to individual departments, across departments and across business functions. We had issues sharing and finding content, having too many duplicates and restricting permissions to certain content (or too much restriction).
  • Search functionality - M-Files has a robust search system that allows users to quickly find content in seconds
  • Relationships between content - how M-Files relates objects to content makes finding valuable information easy
  • Versatility - MFiles allows users to integrate with current systems and microsoft office to easily integrate into normal business operations.
  • One major frustration we have had has to do with our particular project, not the tool in and of itself. We had a combination of development efforts, some from M-Files and some from our developers in house. It has been hard to push the project forward at times since we are not allowed to control the cloud environment or develop in the cloud environment. We have had to wait on things to get pushed via content packs we develop on prem, which are then shared via a dropbox to M-Files. We hoped there would be a smoother solution for this.
MFiles is well suited for companies with large amounts of content, that have confidential information, that are related to other "objects" and much more.
We have slightly since we employ SharePoint, but we mainly are going to benefit from the API integration that is available. We have an in house application that we are going to be able to use as an integration with M-Files which is going to add a lot of value.
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September 05, 2018
Tom Purdy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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M-Files is being Piloted by a few NC Board of Nursing departments prior to being used organization-wide. M-Files is simplifying access to files, data, etc., located in several different databases and applications. We're also combining the implementation of M-Files with the OCR conversion of 10+ years of graphic files into electronically searchable files, which will dramatically improve accessibility and drastically reduce search time.
  • M-Files simplifies access to files, data, etc., located in several different databases and applications. You just need to know what you're looking for not where it's located.
  • M-Files Intelligent Metadata Layer (IML) tool can search several different databases and applications simultaneously, including but not limited to Outlook, SharePoint, OneDrive, and shared drives. The IML results of your search criteria are displayed on a single page, which simplifies review, access and storage.
  • M-Files automatically tracks file/document versions to simplify management and version control, as well as prevent duplicates.
  • Searching specific files using the IML Tool is streamlined by displaying company/customer names, document types, contacts etc.
  • None so far, since we're early in our implementation.
M-Files is well-suited for searching files, documents, etc., that are located in several different databases and/or applications. It also simplifies the search process quickly by displaying results from several different sources simultaneously.
We have not installed the IML Tool yet, but plan to implement it within the next 1-2 months. We're very excited about the IML tool's ability to search documents in several different enterprise locations simultaneously.
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August 27, 2018
Torrie Plata | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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We use M-Files for our U.S. HR department. While we are a global company, we have not rolled this out outside of the U.S. so it is not used across the whole organization at this time. It addresses elimination of paper files and having everything stored electronically.
  • Electronically located on users' desktop and users can drag and drop documents quickly and easily.
  • We were manually filing papers, so this has been a nice tool to have.
  • Once our system was set up, it has been user friendly.
  • Main menu not as intuitive.
  • Client set up was not as easy and streamlined.
Would be well suited for a smaller sized company with fewer complexities.
The initial client set up interaction with the users was confusing.
We had some disconnects with statement of work and pricing.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Content capture & imaging (34)
File sync, storage & archiving (41)
Document management (43)
Records management (42)
Content search & retrieval (43)
Enterprise content collaboration (35)
Content publishing & creation (9)
Security, risk management & information governance (38)
Contract lifecycle management (30)
Automated workflows (38)
Artificial intelligence (17)
Mobile support (9)
Integration (10)

What is M‑Files?

M-Files provides an information management platform that is designed to improve business performance by helping people find and use information more effectively. Unlike traditional enterprise content management (ECM) systems or content services platforms, M-Files unifies systems, data and content across the organization without disturbing existing systems and processes or requiring data migration.

Using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in its Intelligent Metadata Layer, M-Files breaks down silos by delivering an in-context experience for accessing and leveraging information that resides in any system and repository, including network folders, SharePoint, file sharing services, ECM systems, CRM, ERP and other business systems and repositories.

The vendor claims thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries use M-Files for managing their business information and processes, including NBC Universal, OMV, Valmet, Rovio, SAS Institute and thyssenkrupp.

M‑Files Features

Enterprise Content Management Features

Has featureContent capture & imaging
Has featureFile sync, storage & archiving
Has featureDocument management
Has featureRecords management
Has featureContent search & retrieval
Has featureEnterprise content collaboration
Has featureContent publishing & creation
Has featureSecurity, risk management & information governance
Has featureContract lifecycle management
Has featureAutomated workflows
Has featureArtificial intelligence
Has featureMobile support
Has featureIntegration

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M‑Files Video

M-Files connects to existing systems, like network folders and SharePoint, and makes those systems more intelligent by adding metadata, version control, and workflows to the content. M-Files enables organizations to access and manage the ever-increasing amount of documents and information across all business systems without requiring an expensive and time-consuming migration.

M‑Files Integrations

Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365), NetSuite ERP, Salesforce.com, DocuSign, AutoCAD, Microsoft Dynamics 365 (formerly Microsoft Dynamics CRM), Esri, Micosoft Teams, Microsoft SharePoint, Sage 200, AutoCAD LT and Autodesk, SAP, ChronoScan

M‑Files Competitors

Laserfiche, Alfresco Content Services, OpenText Enterprise Content Manamagement (ECM)

M‑Files Pricing

  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
  • Entry-level set up fee?No

M‑Files Support Options

 Free VersionPaid Version
Social Media
Video Tutorials / Webinar

M‑Files Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Supported Countries:M-Files is available in 100+ countries through direct support or via the company's partner network.
Supported Languages: M-Files is available in 30+ languages.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is M‑Files's best feature?

Reviewers rate Security, risk management & information governance and Contract lifecycle management highest, with a score of 8.3.

Who uses M‑Files?

The most common users of M‑Files are Mid-size Companies from the Information Technology & Services industry.