Cloud has become THE buzzword of the last few years. It has become a necessity for individuals and small businesses, as well as for enterprises. Even though bigger companies are more adaptable when it comes to hybrid solutions, small or medium companies have a better usage of all cloud resources, especially SaaS.

There are tons and tons of available resources and services for you to explore. Plus, all are scalable.

If you need analytics, machine learning, integration of different systems – you name it – you can find a service in a cloud in a moment. If you can’t – there’s your startup idea!

Connecting the cloud to M-Files

We really love M-Files. That’s a fact. It’s our hammer, but we know it’s not the only tool we have. Nobody can survive alone and solve every problem with just a hammer, even Thor would agree on that. That’s why we constantly explore new products and services and think how we can combine it with our knowledge and experience.

The cloud we use is the almighty Microsoft Azure. We have put ourselves on a mission to give M-Files users availability to connect with everything in Azure or through Azure.

Without further ado, we present Azure Data Factory Connector for M-Files

Azure Data Factory Connector

We already introduced ADF in our blog, so for more detailed description head back. In short, it can connect to almost every service easily. It has hybrid options, so it’s not exclusively for Azure or Cloud services. We’ve gathered some use cases on Azure Data Factory Connector to show the possibilities it offers.

Use cases

  • Backup

The easiest way to use Azure Data Factory is to back up your data from M-Files to a blob container. Blobs are almost free and are very good way of storing data.

  • Agile programming

Once you’ve understood the business needs of your client, you can quickly produce, in the startup term, an MVP (Minimum Viable Product)- in this case, a solution. You’ve decided which way to go, your customer agrees and very quickly your customer will see the value. After a while you need to change something. Usually, it’s quite simple to do that, but sometimes it requires changing properties or remapping properties to an object. With ADF & M-Files you can easily get data from properties or an object and then transform or just remap to another property or an object.

  • Analytics and Reporting

M-Files is an enterprise content management platform (ECM), and the word content in it means there is a lot of information that needs to be put in context. Today, there a lot of tools for reporting and data analytics. With ADF & M-Files you can easily pull you information in .JSON format and send to any analytics platform, like Data Lake, or use Machine Learning, or even ComosDB or Mongo DB. Make use of your data for smarter business.

  • Integration

With more than 60 connectors for Azure Data Factory, an integration or synchronization with any system is simple and affordable. Reliable, scalable solution is a very good opportunity for everyone who needs to integrate or synchronize systems with M-Files.

I know you’re intrigued by the possibilities of Azure Data Factory and M-Files integration just as we are, let’s talk!


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