Previously based mainly in Finland before opening a US office in Dallas, Texas, hybrid on-premise/cloud-hosted enterprise content management software vendor M-Files is now expanding its operation in the UK, opening an office in Reading, Berkshire.
I talked to the company in April 2014 when it outlined its experience in delivering solutions to customers in the architecture, engineering and construction markets, pointing out that many organisations still want to retain information within their fire-wall.
According to the company, the new office, plus investment in personnel and marketing, is part of the company’s commitment to increasing its presence in the UK. It says:
… an increasing number of UK businesses are realizing that information management is a strategic priority …. Common requirements include the need to transition away from the use of unmanaged network file folders, and getting control of personal and less secure file sync and sharing apps for managing business content. Companies are turning to enterprise information management solutions such as M-Files to eliminate content chaos and information silos while enabling fast and easy access to the right documents and other information from any core business system and device.
The tone of the news release doesn’t suggest it is targeting businesses with extensive collaboration needs beyond the firewall and outside the organisation, yet the AEC sector (where these needs are widespread) remains one of 12 industry sectors listed on the M-Files website (its AEC case study – registration required – concerns a US-based electrical engineer Booth & Associates).