IBM Connections is a leading business social network platform. Connections empowers people to confidently share knowledge beyond traditional organizational boundaries, allowing organizations to engage the right people, accelerate innovation, and deliver results.
SharePoint is ubiquitous in organizations as the platform of choice for intranets and portals. It is often used as a window to all of an organization’s information giving employees access to both organizational knowledge, which is often stored in many enterprise and business systems, and a collaborative social environment, such as Connections, which often incubates new ideas that ultimately are incorporated into the organizational system of record.
Our IBM Connections Connector for SharePoint was specifically developed for IBM Connections, establishing a secure connection to the Connections application and mapping the content including metadata and attachments from the Connections schema to the search engine schema. It then extracts content and feeds it to the search engine in a process called crawling.
Our Connections for SharePoint Connector addresses key requirements that are challenging to implement through custom solutions:
1Works with all content in Connections, including discussions and participation in social networks as well as large documents and attachments.
2Indexes every desired item with a very high throughput. Given the nature of Connections as a social platform, millions of items or even hundreds of millions are available. Just 1 million items indexed at 1 item /second would take over 11 days for a full crawl!
3Minimizing the impact on the source system is critical to the success of the connector. Our connector does the job without impacting the performance of the source system.
4Only surfaces the content that users are permitted to see.
5The source system retains the master information and the search results are surfaced in SharePoint. When users click on the results they will be working on the original item or document.
Future-proof your investment for new SharePoint versions and O365
With each successive version of SharePoint, Microsoft extends its core capabilities, and the same is true of new releases of the IBM Connections. BA Insight does the hard work of keeping the connector up to date for both Connections and SharePoint. In addition, the IBM Connections Connector for SharePoint also supports O365 through the Cloud SSA. In fact, we support current versions of SharePoint, including 2010, 2013, 2016, and Office365.
The upgrades can be done by your IT organization. It is a matter of accessing the BA Insight customer portal, downloading the latest release and installing and configuring it. Or, if desired, our professional services team can handle the upgrades.
Drive end-user engagement
By connecting IBM Connections to SharePoint, you increase adoption, improving organizational efficiency and productivity.