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Integrating External Content with SharePoint 2010

Many of our Portal clients face the same dilemma:  They are implementing a new portal platform, but need to bring content into portal from a variety of places.  In most of these situations, they have an existing content management system that they can’t (or won’t) migrate into portal’s CMS.

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Last month I blogged about how to integrate external content with WebSphere Portal (see https://blogs.perficient.com/digitaltransformation/2011/02/22/options-for-integrating-external-content-with-portal/).   I just came across an article in CMSWire titled 4 Ways to Integrate External Content with SharePoint 2010 by Michal Pisarek that I want to share with you.

Michal highlights the following four ways to bring content into SharePoint:

  1. Use SharePoint’s Business Connectivity Services – this is a new feature of SharePoint 2010 that builds on previous versions of Business Data Catalog.
  2. Web Services are included with SharePoint allowing external systems to used REST-based methods to access and post to SharePoint.
  3. Client Object Models – SharePoint includes three new Client Object Models: ECMAScript, SilverLight, and .Net Managed clients.
  4. Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) – CMIS is a new specification created by several large CMS vendors including IBM, Microsoft, EMC and others to allow content repositories to be accessed using a services approach.

If you have other approaches to integrating external content to SharePoint, let us know.

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Mark Polly is Perficient's Chief Strategist for Customer Experience Platforms. He works to create great customer, partner, and employee experiences. Mark specializes in web content management, portal, search, CRM, marketing automation, customer service, collaboration, social networks, and more.

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