M-Files partners with Esri to integrate global smart-mapping technology with intelligent information management platform


M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company, has announced a partnership with Esri, the smart-mapping solutions provider, to integrate Esri ArcGIS mapping technology with M-Files to provide seamless, in-context access to important documents and information residing in other systems directly from the ArcGIS map-based user interface.

The combined M-Files and Esri solution allows users to easily find, access and manage information using intuitive maps, aerial photography and spatially-related data. M-Files seamlessly bridges the gap between the ArcGIS mapping system and other databases and systems such as ERP, records and asset management, enterprise content management (ECM) systems and more. This moves beyond 3D GIS and simply locating documents on a map up through 6D analysis and decision support with real-time integration of budget, time, task resourcing and other variables directly within the mapping interface. This enables organisations that manage location-based information, such as governmental agencies, energy producers, logistics and distribution companies, utilities and others, to do so faster and more efficiently.

"We have customers in multiple sectors that use the Esri ArcGIS mapping system to help manage business assets and related operations, and we've been able to help them by providing access to a wide variety of important information and processes in context, directly within the mapping user interface," says Mika Javanainen, vice president of product management at M-Files Corporation. "M-Files helps businesses break down information silos to quickly access the most relevant information, right when it is needed, regardless of where it's stored or the system that manages it. This provides an ideal complement to ArcGIS, which is all about organising and analysing information spatially by enabling a rich 360° view of related information intuitively and dynamically organised by asset, case, project, process stage, etc. The result is that users are able to make better decisions and respond to business needs more quickly."

"This partnership combines our powerful GIS technology and location-based data analytics with the M-Files intelligent information management platform to deliver fast, in-context access to important information including from other business systems, such as ERP, records management and ECM systems," said Geoff Wade, Team Lead for Esri Natural Resources Communities. "M-Files effectively plugs the Esri ArcGIS mapping system directly into an organisation's information environment in an extremely intuitive manner. Relevant data and documents are directly accessible when they're needed, right within the mapping interface, relieving users of the burden of trying to locate them from an often chaotic and difficult to use collection of different systems and databases, and it's all done according to established security, governance and compliance needs."

M-Files Customers Create Visual Information Portals via Integration with Esri ArcGIS

IGas Energy, the British onshore oil and gas explorers and developer, needed a system to help the company maintain ISO 9001 certification along with other health and safety compliance requirements.

The company uses M-Files and Esri ArcGIS together to create a GIS-based 'visual information' portal through which all of the company's information associated with each oil and gas producing facility is easily and quickly accessible. Information related to production, land and operations can be efficiently accessed and searched using the GIS interface that displays it related to wells on the map. The solution provides traceability and versioning of all documents and related data, ensuring users are always accessing the most up-to-date information.

The combined M-Files Esri solution is also being used by the City of Vantaa in Finland, the location of the Helsinki International airport, for the management of information related to land use, town planning, construction supervision and municipal services. The solution improves overall efficiency, productivity and quality by providing quick and easy access to the latest information necessary for real-time decision support such as cost, schedule and task resources, by linking it directly to map data associated with projects spread across the city.

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