M-Files is great at managing metadata and provides a lot of flexibility. Sometimes the business wants to change the path that M-Files is moving on or just wants to repurpose the rich set of data in M-Files. This data management task can be complicated, particularly if you have large amounts of data to be analyzed and possibly reclassified to function with M-Files. Fortunately, there is an easy way to accomplish this task.
Simply use the MFSQL Connector. Using MFSQL Connector takes less time for a better result, greatly increasing the efficiency of your data management task.
M-Files is designed for metadata-based content and data management. Its framework allows for M-Files to interact with SQL and external applications and systems. MFSQL Connector enables this interaction between M-Files and SQL without the need to master the M-Files APIs and releases the extensive data management capabilities of SQL for M-Files. This tool is specially designed for users with SQL server capabilities to interact with the data to perform metadata refinement, cleansing, and reporting using M-Files and other systems’ metadata.
Should You Use MFSQL Connector for Data Management?
If your company already uses SQL for data management, MFSQL Connector will make it easier to move data and files to and from M-Files without knowledge of the M-Files APIs or requiring advanced developer skills with Microsoft, .NET, VB Scripting, or Web Technologies.
In fact, large volumes of data from M-Files and other systems can be analyzed, compared, aligned, and updated within SQL, and metadata can be updated and processed seamlessly without advanced programming skills.
If you need to find missing data, eliminate duplicate files, or combine data, MFSQL Connector is your best option. Essentially, it will gather the data from M-Files and other systems, rework it, and update M-Files, smoothly and simply. Some specific data management tasks you can accomplish include:
- Multiple dependent class, objects, and properties that need to be aligned at the same time
- Bulk and selective deletions based on complex criteria.
- Importing data from a new data source that requires resetting the internal object ID
- Assessing the total number of objects in a class
- Re-align metadata in M-Files to support new automation, workflow, security, or other controls
- Determining what needs to be archived
- And much more
Another good reason to use MFSQL Connector for your data management is when you need to use the M-Files development framework for a one-time task. MFSQL Connector can be rented for a short-term project. This is especially helpful if you need to solve a specific problem such as fixing metadata alignment, importing complex data and files, or exporting metadata and files from M-Files. This is a low cost and effective solution without a long-term commitment or resorting to expensive programming to solve the issues.
Easy Integration with Third-Party Systems
MFSQL Connector also allows for easy integration with third-party systems because it can automate background processes. It can gather data from multiple sources, including external databases, organize it, and import the files in the database with metadata. It can be used on premises and to integrate on-premises solutions with cloud vaults.
You can integrate everything from workflows, users, URLs, logos, messages, and more, making your data management more straightforward than you ever dreamed of. When better data management includes easy integration, you can work more efficiently, providing better customer service.
Simple Reporting Using Familiar Tools
MFSQL Connector is a powerful alternative to M-Files Reporting Tool and other tools that extract metadata from M-Files to generate reports. Key differentiators include near real-time reporting, dealing with large volumes of data, ease of use, and the integration of the M-Files Event log with other data for reporting.
The Connector provides the data access layer. Then, any reporting tool such as Power BI, Excel, or any other business intelligence software can be used to produce the report, accessible from within M-Files or externally.
You can access data from different sources over and above M-Files, including user data, event logs, and object metadata, and then use MFSQL Connector to consolidate the data for seamless and complete reporting.
Data Management Made Easy
Data management doesn’t have to be complicated. When you use MFSQL Connector, whatever development platform you use, you can now use the power of SQL to rework metadata and update M-Files without the need to know the M-Files APIs. MFSQL Connector makes data management easy.
If you’re ready to make your data management easier with MFSQL Connector, it’s time to schedule your demo. Contact Laminin Solutions for your consultation.