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The M-Files Metadata-Driven Document Management Platform Delivers Nearly 270% ROI According to New Total Economic Impact Study

Independent Research Shows Customers Using M-Files Experience Over $5 Million in Benefits, Including Enhanced Compliance and Audit Processes, Increased Revenue, and Improved Client Experiences

AUSTIN, Texas – November 22, 2021 – M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company, today announced findings from newly published research revealing the cost savings and business benefits enabled by M-Files. The Total Economic ImpactTM of M-Files, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of M-Files, determined that the M-Files metadata-driven document management platform can deliver nearly a 270% return on investment (ROI) over three years to midsize and enterprise customers. In addition, the November 2021 Forrester study concluded companies using M-Files accrue quantified benefits of over $5 million, consisting of better documentation and search functionalities, improved compliance and audit processes, and increased revenue. The research also found customers achieved $3.68 million in net present value (NPV) savings.

According to the study, “The M-Files metadata-driven document management platform allows content to be organized and processed based on what it is and does not depend on where it is stored or require a complex folder hierarchy structure. With this metadata structure, M-Files enables organizations to streamline and automate locating information, categorizing and indexing documents, assigning permissions, initiating workflows, and more… Prior to using M-Files, the interviewees' organizations had legacy document and information management solutions, but still struggled with disorganized documentation, locating and exchanging documents, meeting high security and compliance standards, and instituting efficient documentation processes."

The Forrester Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study shows many quantifiable benefits achieved by companies using M-Files. Examples of these customer benefits include:

  • Improved categorizing and indexing of documents, by 60%. With AI and automation features embedded at the core of the solution, M-Files automates the process of categorizing and indexing documents across departments to enable better client experiences.
  • More efficient searching for documents and information by 40%. M-Files is built on a foundation entirely driven by metadata, so users don’t have to worry about where to find information because the right content is readily available in the context the user needs, when they need it.
  • Enhanced compliance and audit processes, by up to 25%. M-Files provides enterprise-level security to safeguard the security and privacy of an organization’s and its customers’ data, with full audit trails for every document that reveals who has accessed the document, and what actions they took.
  • Added revenue because of better documentation. M-Files provides users with a single source of truth to view all information needed to make informed business decisions that drive better business outcomes.

For the analysis, Forrester developed a composite organization based on data gathered from customer interviews to reflect the total economic impact that investing in M-Files technology could provide. The findings demonstrate that customers in the TEI study significantly improved search functionality, increased productivity, and enabled employees to collaborate on task-based work efficiently – all within a convenient, all-in-one platform. One customer noted, “with our previous document management system, you could store the same document six different times. It wasn’t as efficient as M-Files where you store once and have many, many different ways to find it.”

“The Forrester study highlights how our unique differentiation and metadata-driven approach provides our customers with greater functionality and usability, improved employee satisfaction and the ability to provide enhanced client experiences,” said Antti Nivala, founder and CEO, M-Files. "The TEI study found that customers achieved $3.68 million in net present value savings with M-Files, which they attributed to advanced workflows, automated processes, improved collaboration, and eliminated inefficiencies."

To learn more about cost savings and business benefits enabled by M-Files, download the full Forrester Total Economic ImpactTM (TEI) of M-Files study.

Register for the upcoming December 9, 2021 webinar featuring Forrester that reveals the study methodology and use cases to support the findings.  

About M-Files Corporation

M-Files’ AI-powered intelligent information management solution connects all documents and information, across every platform and repository, then analyzes them to place them in context. This makes it possible to serve up the right information to the right people right when they need it—and automate information-driven business processes—while maintaining complete control and compliance. Thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries (including NBC Universal, OMV, SAS Institute, and ThyssenKrupp) use M-Files to manage their business information and processes—and give their employees A Smarter Way to Work. For more information, visit,

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