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From Jeff Potts <>
Subject Re: good use case for OpenCMIS Server?
Date Thu, 29 May 2014 14:59:40 GMT
I guess it depends on what you want the Common Document Service to look
like to the clients calling it. If you want it to look like a repository,
it could be implemented as a server. But I suspect you'd rather have it
look like a higher level service and that you'll have a fair amount of
needs in your Common Document Service API not covered by CMIS.


On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM, Lucas, Mike <> wrote:

> Hi! I'm pretty new to CMIS and OpenCMIS so please bear with me.
> We are building a Web Service whose purpose is to be the Common Document
> Service for our enterprise. It will provide an abstraction layer in front
> of multiple different content repositories in the enterprise. The API to
> this Common Document Service will be CMIS.
> For now, we just have to build it to talk to (sit in front of) IBM FileNet
> and Microsoft Sharepoint. Both of these support CMIS APIs so we will almost
> certainly use those (unless we run into problems with them, then we can use
> native APIs). In the future we may also integrate non-CMIS content
> repositories.
> My question is, is this a good use case for the Apache OpenCMIS Server
> product? It seems like it may be based on what I have read in the Server
> Development Guide (
> On the other hand, it may be overkill if the back-end repositories are
> already speaking CMIS (as FileNet and Sharepoint do) -- since our service
> would be doing a lot of translating from CMIS to objects then back to CMIS
> again.
> Thanks in advance,
> michael lucas  |  Senior Software Developer  |  Great-West Life |
> "Say not in grief that she is no more, but say in thankfulness that she
> was. A death is not the extinguishing of a light, but the putting out of
> the lamp because the dawn has come." - Rabindranath Tagore

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