EMC Releases New Connectors to SharePoint
It's Monday, the SharePoint Conference 2009 is now getting ready to head into full swing and the partner announcements are starting to emerge.

EMC (news, site) swings out of the gate first with four SharePoint offerings, one of which is not really new, but interesting just the same.

Integrating SharePoint and Documentum

Let's kick things off with two new Documentum integrations for SharePoint: EMC Documentum Repository Services for SharePoint and EMC My Documentum for SharePoint.

Document Repository Services

Like using SharePoint, but want a more robust repository sitting behind it? EMC offers you one. This version of their SharePoint repository services leverages the Microsoft’s External Blob Storage (EBS) application programming interface (API).

The EBS was introduced with SharePoint Service Pack 2. It works behind the scenes to redirect content that would have normally went into SharePoint's native repository (within SQL Server) to Documentum.

You don't see any difference in how you work in SharePoint, instead you get to continue to use a front end solution that your employees really like and find easy to use, but back it up with an enterprise content management repository.

EMC worked closed with Microsoft to develop this service, which works not only for SharePoint 2007, but, you guess it, SharePoint 2010.

If you want to learn more about EBS and are at the SharePoint Conference, there is a session that discusses the API and how to use it.

My Documentum

Again, this set of SharePoint Web Parts goes to the idea that your users like working in SharePoint day to day, but need to also still deal with Documentum content.

There are two main Web Parts. The first one looks like a SharePoint Document Library, and has all the capabilities of a SharePoint Document Library, but actually shows you Documentum Libraries.


My Documentum for SharePoint

Right-click and you also see a number of Documentum specific capabilities including viewing renditions, virtual document support, promote/demote items in a broader lifecycle and more.

A second web part provides search capabilities across multiple Documentum repositories.

Both Web Parts provided a seamless user experience within SharePoint into the Documentum ECM.

EMC Captiva for SharePoint

EMC Captiva for SharePoint is the third solution announced. EMC Captiva is not new, we talked about its OEM offering last year.

An offer which included document imaging and scanning solutions integrated using either the EMC Captiva PixTools ISIS SDKs or Dispatcher API.

Learning Opportunities


EMC Captiva for SharePoint

Captiva is now extended to SharePoint, providing document capture and classification. This solution was custom built for SharePoint and can be customized per business application.

Note that this solution does not have to be tied to Documentum.

eDiscovery for SharePoint

And finally, but just as important, EMC now provides integrated eDiscovery services for SharePoint. This solution, EMC SourceOne eDiscovery for SharePoint, is the first official product that comes out of the Kazeon acquisition.

It provides the ability to conduct legal discovery search, analysis and review and execute legal hold on content within SharePoint repositories -- whether it's all SharePoint, a site, a sub-site, a document library or a particular folder within a library.

SourceOne eDiscovery for SharePoint allows you to move content into SharePoint to use SharePoint as the discovery repository.

A Strong Partnership

When we talked to EMC about CenterStage, their collaboration front-end to Documentum, EMC's Lance Shaw was quick to say they did not see themselves as competitors to SharePoint. These new services are examples of how EMC and Microsoft can work together to provide enhanced enterprise content management services using tools and an intuitive user interface that users can easily work with.

To be successful in this market today, you do need to consider SharePoint and how your own solutions can work with it, to make it better and to provide your customers with the ability to use the interfaces they already know well.