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Federated Connectors Vs BDC

  Asked By: Jasen    Date: Jul 28    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 991

My requirements are as follows

I have to implement a search UI into the SharePoint that can search data into a LOB system (for instance IBM FileNet). Now, I have seen some discussions regarding BDC and Federated search connectors.

Could anyone point me any link or resources or write few lines explaining the exact differences between these two? and Which one should I use for my business case...?



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Answer #1    Answered By: Shelton Dickson     Answered On: Jul 28

Here is an interesting conversation :


To summarize, BDC provides a better relevance to your search  results than Federated search; architectures are different, but these are 2 different ways to crawl your data.

If you have existing database or Web Services, you can import them in the BDC and display the data  in OOB web parts, Custom web parts or Custom lists.
However you web services must follow several well defined rules.

Personnaly I would go the Federated Search way, it's much easier if you want to integrate FileNet (never done it however).

An alternative to explore is CMIS...

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