How many times did you hear “This product is better for this part and this product is better for all the rest”? I am pretty sure that you are not able to answer this exactly. Most of you will say “a lot of time”. Every time there is this question, we heard “We will integrate both solutions”. But what does “integrate” mean? Most part of time, the answer is “develop custom features that will meet the other solution web services specifications”. It works… until any change!
More ways two solutions can communicate more issues you will face out. Because of this, ECM leaders (Microsoft, IBM, EMC, Alfresco, OpenText, SAP and Oracle) worked on interoperability specifications for a lot of months (about two years!) and proposed a standard way to implement communication points in the major ECM solutions. This standard is called Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS). CMIS will reduce difficulties about interoperability in a heterogeneous environment.
This specification has been proposed to Oasis consortium. After public vote, CMIS specifications have been approved.
Read the complete announcement from Oasis : http://www.oasis-open.org/news/oasis-news-2010-05-04.php
Normally, CMIS Connector will be available in the beginning of July through the SharePoint Administrator Toolkit. We hope that all vendors will implement and deploy CMIS soon.