M-Files named a “Leader” in the 2019 Nucleus Research Technology Value Matrix for Enterprise Content Management (ECM).

VM Consulting, an M-Files Gold partner, Distributor and Solution Provider in South Africa is pleased to announce M-Files has been named a “Leader” in the 2019 Nucleus Research Value Matrix for Enterprise Content Management (ECM), for the sixth consecutive year.

2019 nucleusDALLAS – April 10, 2019 – M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company, today announced it has been named a “Leader” in the 2019 Nucleus Research Technology Value Matrix for Enterprise Content Management (ECM). This marks the sixth consecutive year that M-Files has achieved Leader status, as the company continues to distance itself from competitors as the ECM sector front runner with the highest recognition for functionality.

Nucleus Research evaluates Enterprise Content Management (ECM) providers on two core criteria – usability and functionality, as determined by analysis of interviews with end users and ongoing research by the firm. The 2019 report included reviews of 17 vendors and placed them in quadrants based on how Nucleus Research assessed them as Leaders, Experts, Facilitators and Core Providers.

“This year, key forces driving the M-Files Leader designation were strong technology, user-centric functionality and robust usability,” said Barbara Peck, analyst for Nucleus Research. “With its vision of a metadata-driven, repository neutral and AI-powered platform, M-Files offers distinction in the marketplace. New innovations such as M-Files Smart Search, an intelligent cloud service for multi-repository search available later this year, demonstrate a visionary road-map for the company. Nucleus expects that M-Files, with its core strengths of functionality and usability, will continue to set the standards for content management in the near future.”

As a leader, M-Files was acknowledged by Nucleus Research for its user-centric road-map for the future and continued heavy R&D investment for performance improvement, platform development, and vertical solutions. The value matrix also affirmed the uniqueness of the M-Files solution which offers the same licensure for on-premises and cloud deployments, eliminating financial obstacles when transitioning to the cloud.

Furthermore, Nucleus Research recognized M-Files for prioritizing data security, with robust features such as access control and permissions, automated audit trails, federated authentication, data encryption in transit and at rest, intrusion detection and data loss prevention.

“At M-Files, we’ve pioneered a new approach to ECM called Intelligent Information Management and it has clearly cemented our leadership positioning in this sector,” said Greg Milliken, senior vice president of marketing at M-Files. “Driven by metadata, documents are automatically indexed and organized by type to establish relevance and context when searching for information in M-Files or other repositories and business systems. Our Intelligent Metadata Layer that brings all disconnected silos together, along with AI-powered content analysis, which provides ‘content in context,’ deliver new, heightened levels of usability and functionality that offer key differentiation.”

To view the full 2019 Nucleus Research Value Matrix for Enterprise Content Management report, please visit here. For more information on M-Files, please visit:

 

Let’s make that accounting system better.

M-Files Integration Blog

Do any of these product names ring a bell, Pastel, Sage, SAP, Syspro, JD Edwards, MS Dynamics, Great Plains….?

They are all accounting systems! To some they are known as ERP solutions and to others they are called financial systems.

Regardless they are there to help you keep control of your debtors and creditors, produce invoices, give you balance sheets and pretty much the holy grail for the accounts team within your business. Please don’t get me wrong they are a key asset for every business – even I have one.

However they do have some areas of weakness, some things they cannot do, some gaps!

Our team have learnt how to bridge the gap between business and the accounts department and in the process we make your accounting solution stronger and provide you with intelligent information to make informed decisions.

From giving you visibility into the client on boarding and credit application processes, to debt collecting and managing all those client documents.

  • Need to automate the requisition process with all the supporting documents and management approval!
  • Imagine Automating the accounts payable process with the relevant requisition and invoices available for viewing!
  • Don’t forget about getting better visibility on those suppliers and supplier contracts.

Using our experience and business understanding we implement unique solutions on the M-Files platform that compliment your existing accounting solutions as a complete integrated solution.

Your accounting system keeps the master data and VM Consutling’s solutions within M-Files support them.

For a free consultation, give us a call today, 031 5643938, email: info@vmcs.co.za

About Vanessa

VanessaVanessa has over 20 years’ experience in content & document management, information management, business process management and knowledge management. During the course of her career she has assisted many organisations.

Vanessa has lead her company into the 21st century with the M-Files solution and in 2016 VM Consulting became M-Files Gold Partners and were awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Commitment to M-Files at the EMEA Partner Conference. Vanessa is passionate about the M-Files solution and bringing solutions that work to businesses within South Africa and Africa.

How compliant is your Information?

compilant information

Whatever your business, whether you are in the Insurance, Finance, Medical, Manufacturing or Legal sectors, to name a few! M-Files adds immense value to your organisation by storing information, documents, content and automating processes.

The team from VM Consulting have now taken this a step further, as we help your business become more compliant in your day to day operations.

We ask the right people, the right questions!

Our unique frameworks and dashboards can show you how compliant your data is , for example, your:

  • Clients!
  • Employee Files!
  • Employee Certifications!
  • Suppliers!
  • Contracts!
  • Business Units!

A use case in the Insurance Industry :

If you are in the Insurance Industry wouldn’t it make life easier to look at a Policy and quickly see:

  • How compliant is the Policy as a graphical percentage?
  • What is missing?

And then let us not forget about POPI or POPIA, (Protection of Public Information Act). Protecting the information, ensuring the right eyes see the right information is key to our approach as well.

Let us help you, help your business!

About Vanessa

VanessaVanessa has over 20 years’ experience in content & document management, information management, business process management and knowledge management. During the course of her career she has assisted many organisations.

Vanessa has lead her company into the 21st century with the M-Files solution and in 2016 VM Consulting became M-Files Gold Partners and were awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Commitment to M-Files at the EMEA Partner Conference. Vanessa is passionate about the M-Files solution and bringing solutions that work to businesses within South Africa and Africa.

How many Christmas Trees do you have in your office store rooms?

christmas tree

So last week I was conducting a couple of site visits with a new M-Files client in South Africa, which has multiple offices and locations around the country.

The aim was to get a feel for how different people within this national company work with their existing systems, documents and processes so we can align M-Files into their business seamlessly – just part of our consulting service.

One thing that amazes me on these site visits is how many Christmas Trees we find hiding in store rooms, filing rooms and cabinets. We go looking for documents and find Christmas Trees, go figure!

Let us help you find your Christmas Trees and in the process bring the Magic of M-files to your business.

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About Vanessa

VanessaVanessa has over 20 years’ experience in content & document management, information management, business process management and knowledge management. During the course of her career she has assisted many organisations.

Vanessa has lead her company into the 21st century with the M-Files solution and in 2016 VM Consulting became M-Files Gold Partners and were awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Commitment to M-Files at the EMEA Partner Conference. Vanessa is passionate about the M-Files solution and bringing solutions that work to businesses within South Africa and Africa.

M-Files has been named “Leader” in the 2018 Nucleus Research Value Matrix for Enterprise Content Management (ECM).

VM Consulting, an M-Files Gold partner, Distributor and Solution Provider in South Africa is pleased to announce M-Files has been named “Leader” in the 2018 Nucleus Research Value Matrix for Enterprise Content Management (ECM).

2018-Nucleus-ECM-report-graphic-630x750pxDALLAS, March 20, 2018: M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company, today announced that it was named a “Leader” in the 2018 Nucleus Research Value Matrix for Enterprise Content Management (ECM). This marks the fifth consecutive year that M-Files has achieved “Leader” status, and the company continues to distance itself from competitors as the frontrunner in this sector.

Nucleus Research evaluates ECM providers on two core criteria, usability and functionality, as determined by analysis of interviews with end users and ongoing research by the firm. The 2018 report included reviews of 20 vendors and placed them in quadrants based on how Nucleus Research assessed them as Leaders, Experts, Facilitators and Core Providers.

“The placement of M-Files as a true market leader in the 2018 Nucleus Research Value Matrix for ECM report reflects our major strides in innovation with system-neutral architecture and implementation of AI,” said Greg Milliken, senior vice president of marketing at M-Files. “Nucleus Research projects that data migration will become an obsolete practice in five years, and the M-Files Intelligent Metadata Layer (IML) delivers on this promise. M-Files can connect to and apply metadata to information from a variety of systems – including other ECM platforms – to provide a single screen that users can search for information, regardless of where it’s stored.”

To read more and view the full report click.

Working From Home With M-Files.

working from home with M-FilesSo let’s face it, when you hit forty most of us are trying to figure out how we can work smarter, spend more time with the kiddo’s and hubby…of course, and ensure the working world still ticks over without us constantly having to sit at the brown desk, in the office.

We have all heard about the virtual world and being able to work remotely from home, but what do we need to have in place in South Africa, to make this scary concept of working remotely come to life?

First and foremost, make sure you have a decent internet connection, because let’s face it, NO INTERNET SUCKS! Not being able to connect to the office, when you are trying to work from home is not going to get you very far. You will be called back to the office before you can say, “IT HELP ME!”

Ok, so you now have connectivity sorted out, the next items you will require are some tools… Email is a given… but if your business does not have M-Files, then I hate to say it, working from home is still going to be a figment of your imagination.

M-Files provides a business with the ability to manage all content, information and process. So it does not matter where you are working from, be it your family swimming pool, caravanning in the Drakensberg or taking in the view from the top of Table Mountain,  you will be able to access your content virtually from documents, emails, drawings, specifications, contracts, you name it.. Update them as you need with version control, share them securely, or participate in a workflow or two, even digital signing is an option, and don’t forget this could be from a computer, mobile phone or tablet.

So as we settle into the Easter school holidays here in South Africa, remember, it is up to you to introduce the concept of M-Files to your business. During your next holiday you too may have the pleasure of working from a remote destination …

PS: working remotely is not only limited to the school holidays!

 About Vanessa 

VanessaVanessa has over 19 years’ experience in content & document management, information management, business process management and knowledge management. During the course of her career she has assisted many organisations.

About 6 years ago Vanessa realized she needed to find a more affordable solution for South Africa, without jeopardizing functionality, this is when she discovered the M-Files solution. M-Files is a versatile platform that can be designed to fit any business from legal, insurance, Banking, manufacturing, HR and many more…

Vanessa has lead her company into the 21st century with the M-Files solution and in 2016 VM Consulting became M-Files Gold Partners and were awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Commitment to M-Files at the EMEA Partner Conference. Vanessa is passionate about the M-Files solution and bringing solutions that work to businesses within South Africa and Africa.

My personal journey towards M-Files, 18 years in the making.

By Vanessa Miller

Many people ask me how I know M-Files is the right solution for my clients and my business? The answer is simple……. It all boils down to years of experience, and finding the right solution at the right time.

Let me start from the beginning.

My Passion for document management started back in 1998. One of my first projects I was mandated to do was while consulting for a government office. They were wanting to implement an existing document repository they had purchased years before across other areas of their business and I was tasked with the project. Before I knew it, the chaos of Y2K started to sweep across businesses and my small project was not immune to the temptation of being replaced with something that had a better date format… So my client handed me a new mandate, go out and find us something that is better than what we have. They wanted a document management and a workflow solution, oh and it needed to be implemented before the clock struck midnight on the 31 December 1999…

So what does a girl do when looking for a solution for a government office? ….Draw up a user requirements document and go out to tender, that’s what.

This is where I realized I enjoyed learning about the challenges in a business and coming up with ideas to solve those business challenges.

As part of the evaluation criteria, we wanted to test the different solutions in the market. My true passion for business solutions was born… I was able to test apples against apples and soon realized the area of document management was such a diverse market. I not only enjoyed testing the solutions, but equally enjoyed unpacking the document, content and process requirements for my client and coming up with different design frameworks for them… What made it more enjoyable was the fact that I had a knack for it too.

So the successful solution we implemented at the time was iManage… (Remember all those years back, M-Files was not even born yet).

The iManage solution was rated as one of the leaders in the ECM space and 18 years ago I truly believed it was the best ECM solution on the market. My relationship with iManage lasted many years and I became an iManage partner and saw them go through the iManage – Interwoven name changes more than once… But like many good solutions of that time, they took their foot off the R&D pedal a little and we started to see other solutions hitting the market place. In addition, we have to remember those early ECM solutions also came with a great price tag too, and their target market was the enterprise.

So about 6 years ago, my team and I agreed that we needed to start looking for another ECM solution we could bring to market. I must admit we stumbled onto the M-Files solution by accident.

One of my sales consultants had been asked by a client to find a document management solution that allowed users to store documents in folders…. He did a search and came across an article of folder vs folderless storage, where M-Files was promoting a folderless storage option. The poor soul had no idea what he had stumbled upon, but as soon as I realized what he was looking at, I knew he had hit a gem.

We got our hands on a trial version of M-Files, remember this was 6 years ago and M-Files was by no means as slick as it is now, but the solution just made sense. It was object based and allowed you to store document and content by metadata… Even back then they had the right approach from the start. It was simple to use, it was cost effective and it was a solution that would fit into the South African landscape with ease.

We had found just what we were looking for!

So began our journey into becoming partners with M-Files. At first I thought the solution would be a perfect fit for our smaller clients. But as the solution started to mature, it became very evident that M-Files was not just for the small business, but it was starting to be a major contender for the enterprise. At this point we cut ties with other ECM solutions and we totally aligned our business to M-Files and it became our sole solution in the ECM, DMS and information management space. We even implemented it internally so we could practice what we preached.

VM Consulting have invested in the M-Files solution and we believe the solution is going to be one of the biggest shakers in the ECM and EIM space in South Africa as well as the world during the next 2 years. As part of our investment into the solution, we have trained and certified M-Files specialists, administrators and support teams.

As recognition for all our hard work over the past couple of years, the team from VM Consulting were awarded the M-Files Partner Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commitment, this year in Nice, France.

As part of our journey, over the course of the past couple of months we have been awarded one of the largest M-Files customers in the world – which is also one of the largest ECM clients in South Africa. We have moved clients from SharePoint to M-Files, integrated M-Files with SAP, Pastel Evolution and a number of other SQL based solutions… Awesome custom development and self- service portals integrating directly into M- Files…  Oh and let’s not forget automating processes in M-Files that send SMS notifications to customers updating them of a status of their application forms.

So as you can see, it has been one hell of a journey, but one that has been well worth the ride…. I look forward to many great adventures with M-Files and if some of the sneak peaks I have seen from their product development team are anything to go by, M-Files are seriously going to rock this world in 2017.

Our doors are open to show you the magic of M-Files. Let VM Consulting help you bring M-Files to your business and even to your clients.