Data is growing exponentially. We are both the creators and consumers of data. With this growth of data, organizations find it difficult to effectively use the data to make business decisions. This growth in data has also contributed to new challenges like security, governance, and privacy protection. IBM StoredIQ Platform provides powerful solutions for managing unstructured data in-place. It addresses the problems of records management, electronic discovery, compliance, storage optimization, and data migration initiatives.

Organizations have the freedom to choose data sources for their needs, which might involve multiple data sources with different versions. A data source can be considered as a location that contains unstructured content. By providing an in-depth assessment of unstructured data where it is, StoredIQ gives organizations visibility into data to make more informed business and legal decisions. A data source is an important part of the IBM StoredIQ solution. StoredIQ gives you the flexibility to choose the data source and it supports 85+ data sources out of the box. Some of the data sources include Box, Microsoft Office 365, and FileNet. All of the features of IBM StoredIQ can be used by making a connection between a data source and StoredIQ. The connection between a data source and StoredIQ is established using a connector.

IBM StoredIQ provides a Connector API SDK that you can use to create a custom connector for new data sources that StoredIQ does not support. The IBM StoredIQ Connector API SDK simplifies connector development by decoupling connector logic from the StoredIQ application logic. It can also be used to customize and extend the existing connector. After you create a new connector, you can use it to manage data in StoredIQ just like you do with the supported data sources.

Our new code pattern Adding new data sources to IBM StoredIQ using Connector API SDK helps you to understand the methodology and the steps of building a connector of a new data source. After you have completed this code pattern, you will understand how to develop, integrate, register, and test the connector for IBM StoredIQ.

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